Our Bodies, Our Blog

Join the National Women’s Law Center for a Birth Control Blog Carnival

By Rachel Walden |

On July 21, the National Women’s Law Center is hosting a “Birth Control: We’ve Got You Covered” blog carnival to talk about the importance of access to birth control and to encourage the U.S. government to include birth control in a list of services that will be available without a co-pay.

The Affordable Care Act requires coverage – without a co-pay – for preventive services. Decisions about which services will be included are expected sometime this summer. Advocates, including the NWLC, Read

Tonight: The Consequences of Choosing Boys Over Girls

By Kiki Zeldes |

Boston area readers may be interested in an event happening tonight at the Cambridge Hospital: Mara Hvistendahl, author of “Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men” will be speaking about her new book. Mara will be joined by My executive director Judy Norsigian, who will be highlighting some of the reproductive rights-related work of My’ global partners and speaking about the forthcoming edition of “Our Bodies, Ourselves.”

The event begins at 8 p.m. and will take place at … Read

Mujeres Usan el Internet para Comprar y Vender Leche Materna

By My |

Publicado por Rachel / del orginial en inglés June 14, 2011

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


Yo no suelo tener la revista “Wired” en mente cuando busco interesantes historias de salud femenina; simplemente me encontré con su reciente artículo virtual sobre la leche materna humana.

En Oro Liquido: El Mercado Floreciente para la Leche Materna Humana (Liquid Gold: The Booming Market for Human Breast Milk), la autora … Read

UNFPA Releases Report on State of the World’s Midwifery

By Rachel Walden |

This month, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released a report, The State of World’s Midwifery 2011: Delivering Health, Saving Lives. The report stems from concerns about maternal and newborn deaths and lack of adequate health care in many countries. It builds on previous calls for increased midwifery care around the globe, and provides details about how many midwives there are working in various areas around the world. It echoes past calls for increasing access to well-trained midwives as part of a global effort “to … Read

Are Doctors Using the HPV Test Appropriately?

By Rachel Walden |

The current issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology includes a paper that examines how doctors are making use of HPV tests, including whether they are using them appropriately to assess women’s cervical cancer risk.

HPV tests are sometimes done as part of pelvic exams because of the connection between HPV and cervical cancer. Guidelines generally recommend screening for high-risk forms of HPV be done in women over age 30, and in women with abnormal pap results. HPV screening is not recommended in women 21 years … Read

FDA Releases Report on Silicone Breast Implant Safety

By Rachel Walden |

Today, the FDA released a report on the safety of silicone gel-filled breast implants, including recommendations for both women who have or are considering the implants and health care providers.

In 1992, silicone breast implants were taken off the market after the FDA decided that the manufacturers had not adequately addressed safety concerns. In 2006, the agency approved several styles of silicone breast implants made by two companies, putting the devices back on the market for cosmetic purposes, and asked that … Read

Upcoming Webinar on FDA Drug Approvals and Breast Cancer

By Rachel Walden |

An upcoming webinar may be of interest to readers:

Patients Before Profits: What You Should Know About the FDA, Big Pharma, and Breast Cancer

June 21, 2011 10:00AM – 11:00 AM Pacific (1:00 pm – 2:00 PM Eastern)

Featuring Miriam Hidalgo, BCAction Volunteer Program Coordinator and Jane Zones, Medical Sociologist and Former BCAction Board Member

We will focus on how the competing interests of pharmaceutical companies and regulatory governmental bodies can fail to deliver safe and effective drugs that patients need. If you sign up, you … Read

A tool at my fingertips

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Submitted by: Janee Moore

“Our Bodies, Ourselves” means being empowered to make decisions about my own body. To have a tool at my fingertips that allows me to help myself and other women make healthy decisions while loving our bodies.

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its impact on their lives. You can view read stories and submit your own.

A wonderful resource for women

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Submitted by: Maraina Hirut Montgomery

My is simply a wonderful resource for women around the nation. The stories, advice and inspiration that each issue possesses speaks to me in just the right language and urge me to take accountability and to get active!

In this series, readers tell their stories about their experiences with the book and its impact on their lives. You can view read stories and submit your own.

Women Take to the Web to Buy, Sell Breast Milk

By Rachel Walden |

I don’t typically have “Wired” magazine in mind when I look for interesting women’s health stories, so I just stumbled across their recent piece on the online market for human breast milk.

In Liquid Gold: The Booming Market for Human Breast Milk, author Judy Dutton explores how and why women come to online sites to buy, sell and donate breast milk to other women (and a few men) as well as safety concerns and the benefits of breast milk. She also examines the … Read