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DES Action Collecting Information on Health Issues in People Exposed to DES

By Rachel Walden |

DES Action, an organization that provides information, education, and support related to DES exposure, is conducting a health history survey to learn read about the health issues faced by women who took DES and the daughters and granddaughters and sons and grandsons of those women.

DES (diethylstilbestrol) is a drug that used to be prescribed to women to prevent miscarriages and preterm births, and is now known to increase the risk of certain cancers and other adverse effects in the sons … Read

Breastfeeding in African American Communities

By Rachel Walden |

Shafia Monroe of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing was recently interviewed for a nice piece in The Skanner on the topic of Breastfeeding: A Wellness Issue for African American Families. Currently, black women start and continue breastfeeding at at much lower rates than other measured races/ethnicities. According to the CDC, rates are:

Breastfeeds Intitially
Still Breastfeeding at 6 months
Still Breastfeeding at 1 Year

American Indian/Alaska Native

Asian or Pacific Islander

Black (non-Hispanic)


White (non-Hispanic)

In the interview, Monroe talks about health benefits of breastfeeding, notes the lower breastfeeding … Read

Health Benefits: What Women Won, and May Lose, in the Supreme Court’s Dark, Dark, Place

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

President Obama on Monday said he was “confident” the Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act, adding that overturning it would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary step.”

I think it’s important — because I watched some of the commentary last week — to remind people that this is not an abstract argument. People’s lives are affected by the lack of availability of healthcare, the inaffordability of healthcare, their inability to get healthcare because of preexisting … Read

“Pervasive” Problems in Studies Linking Abortion to Mental Health Issues

By Rachel Walden |

Earlier this month, an editor-in-chief of the Journal of Psychiatric Research, along with a co-author, published a commentary critical of a 2009 article  in the journal claiming that women who had an abortion were read likely than women who did not have an abortion to experience panic attacks, alcohol and drug abuse, major depression, bipolar disorder, and other negative mental health outcomes.

The author of the 2009 article,  Priscilla Coleman, suggested the results showed that abortion had read impact on mental health problems than did childhood … Read

Día Nacional de Concientización sobre el VIH y SIDA en las Mujeres y Niñas Conecta la Violencia contra la Mujer y las Disparidades en la Salud

By My |

Escrito por Christine C. Traducido del orginial en inglés March 13, 2012.


My has received funding to make blog entries available in Spanish. We hope to expand outreach efforts in the coming year.

Si usted está en línea mañana en la mañana (miércoles, 24 de marzo), vaya a whitehouse.gov/live a las 8:30 a.m. (EST).  A esa hora la Casa Blanca estará conmemorando el Día Nacional de Concientización sobre el VIH y SIDA en las Mujeres y Niñas.

Según la entrada … Read

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Questions Remain about Effects of Stopping Depo-Provera

By Rachel Walden |

8.24.16: Check out our latest blog post by Laura Wershler of the Center for Menstrual Cycle Research: I Wouldn’t Recommend It to Anyone: What We Can Learn from Women who have had Bad Experiences with Depo-Provera.

6.21.13 update: Our colleagues at the Center for Menstrual Cycle Research recently posted Stopping Depo-Provera: Why and What To Do About Adverse Experiences, an excellent interview with endocrinologist and My contributor Dr. Jerilynn Prior, who shares her advice … Read

Concerns About the FDA’s Review of the Safety of Yasmin and Similar Contraceptives

By Rachel Walden |

Last December, a joint meeting of the FDA’s Reproductive Health Drugs and Drug Safety and Risk Management advisory committees met to discuss the safety of birth control pills containing drospirenone, such as Yasmin and YAZ (both Bayer products). Concerns have been raised about the increased risk from the drugs of venous thromboembolism – blood clots in the legs or that travel to the lungs, which can be fatal.

The committees were asked to consider, among other things, the conflicting evidence on these risks in … Read

New Recommendations for Cervical Cancer Screening

By Rachel Walden |

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released a new recommendation statement on when and how often women should get cervical cancer screening.

Changes from the old recommendations include:

  • Pap test screening every 3 years among women age 21 to 65 years. Other organizations and previous recommendations have suggested waiting until age 30 to wait longer than a year between screenings, or suggested screening “at least every 3 years.” The evidence indicates that screening read often offers little benefit while creating a large increase in … Read

Supreme Court Ruling on Family & Medical Leave Act “Appalling and Dangerous,” Says Deborah Ness

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Tuesday that state government workers may not sue their employers for money for violating a part of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act dealing with personal sick leave.

Debra L. Ness, president of the National Partnership for Women and Families, which drafted and fought to pass the FMLA, called the decision “an appalling and dangerous … Read

Environmental Health an Overlooked Part of the Affordable Care Act

By Rachel Walden |

Recent coverage of healthcare reform has focused on contraceptive coverage, but another aspect of the Affordable Care Act also deserves our attention as a potential benefit for women everywhere – attention to environmental issues that may contribute to illness.

The healthcare reform legislation included a requirement that a council on prevention be created, and that the council develop a national prevention and health promotion strategy.

The resulting strategy was released last summer, and includes a section on healthy and safe community environments, which recommends attention … Read