Our Bodies, Our Blog

Access to Contraception Increases Social and Economic Benefits for Women And Society

By Rachel Walden |

The Guttmacher Institute recently published a report examining how access to and the use of effective birth control affects women’s lives.

“” reviews read than 66 studies over the past 30 years. According to researchers, access to contraception and avoidance of unplanned pregnancy have led to:

  • increases in young women obtaining at least some college education
  • increases in college-educated women pursuing advanced professional degrees
  • increased participation in the workforce by women
  • increases in … Read

Myhags Heads to Austin and Chicago With “Absolutely Safe”

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Hey Austin and Chicago! Judy Norsigian, founder and executive director of Myhags, and film director Carol Ciancutti are heading to your cities to host a screening and discussion of the acclaimed documentary “,” examining the controversy over breast implant safety. The screenings are free and open to the public.

The Austin event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19, at the University of Texas at Austin AVAYA Auditorium (ACE 2.302).

The Chicago screening takes … Read

Rally at the Supreme Court – Breast Cancer Gene Case to be Heard Next Month

By Rachel Walden |

Arguments are scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court on April 15 on the Myriad Genetics case, which will challenge patents held on human genes, especially the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes known to increase breast cancer risk.

that leaving human genes in the hands of corporations limits diagnostic testing and research that could lead to cures, and limit women’s options for medical care.

Breast Cancer Action is  on April 15, the day the case is heard, to … Read

Women’s History: The New York Times Reviews “Our Bodies, Ourselves”

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Forty years ago today, The New York Times reviewed “Our Bodies, Ourselves” under the headline “.”

It’s fascinating to see how the book was received in the mainstream press — and, in this case, how one of the most prominent book reviewers of the late 20th century, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, approached the text.

I admit I was surprised to see his byline when I looked up the review, after being alerted to the anniversary on Twitter via Read

Europe Takes on Review of Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone

By Rachel Walden |

While most birth control pills currently available in the United States are safe for most women, some newer pills that contain the progestin drospirenone have come under scrutiny because of an increased risk of blood clots. Birth control pills containing drospirenone include Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Safyral, Syeda, Yasmin, Yaz and Zarah.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) that it would take another look at so-called third and fourth generation oral contraceptives, including those with drospirenone, and consider whether use of these drugs … Read

Hospitals Clamp Down On Dangerous Early Elective Deliveries

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By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News

For decades, doctors have been warned about the dangers of delivering babies early without a medical reason. But the practice remained stubbornly persistent.

Now, with pressure on doctors and hospitals from the federal government, private and public insurers and patient advocacy groups, the rate of elective deliveries before 39 weeks is dropping significantly, according to latest hospital survey from , a coalition of some of the nation’s largest corporations that buy health benefits for their employees.

The national average … Read

Delivery of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Members of Congress Launches on Capitol Hill

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Erin Thornton, Judy Norsigian, Rep. Jim McGovern, and Christy Turlington Burns

Last fall, following a with  to deliver “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to former Rep. Todd Akin (of “legitimate rape” fame), Myhags launched Educate Congress, a campaign to deliver the book to all members of Congress and key administration officials.

The basic premise: Everyone deserves access to accurate … Read