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New Study Calls into Question Practice of Removing Ovaries at Time of Hysterectomy

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

For many years, women who underwent hysterectomies also routinely had their ovaries removed, in order to prevent them from developing ovarian cancer in the future. A new study that will appear in the May 2009 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology calls this practice into question.

The study, “Ovarian Conservation at the Time of Hysterectomy and Long-Term Health Outcomes in the Nurses’ Health Study,” examines the long-term survival rates of women of women who have had hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) because of non-cancerous reproductive … Read

Critique of Osteoporosis as a Disease and Related Drug Concerns

By Rachel Walden |

Osteoporosis, a loss of bone mass that can precede serious and costly breaks or fractures, is of particular concern to women – current estimates suggest that “osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans, 68 percent of whom are women… One out of every two women and one in four men age 50 and older will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime.”

Often overlooked in discussions of the condition, however, are questions related to the efficacy and potential harms of the tests … Read

The Other Myhags: Translations and Adaptations Around the World

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

By Jane Pincus

Myhags co-founder

How many readers know about the dramatic reach of the Myhags Global Translation/Adaptation Program?

As one of the founders of the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, and a writer and editor of “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for the past four decades, I am excited to discuss the reach of this amazing program.

Over and over again, it brings to life our original goal of women speaking directly with one another about their own experiences, and using this shared … Read

Double Dose: New Books on Reproduction, Christian Patriarchy; Michelle Obama’s Garden; The Economy’s Impact on Women; “Friday Night Lights” Scores With Sex Talk …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Reading List: Anna Clark interviews Michelle Goldberg, author of “The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World,” at Bitch magazine (and happy birthday to Anna’s blog, Isak!).

Kathryn Joyce, author of “Quiverfull: Inside the Christian Patriarchy Movement,”  talks with Religion Dispatches. An excerpt of her book can be read here.

Planting a Future: Melissa Harris Lacewell digs through the meaning of Michelle Obama planting the new White House vegetable garden. Read historians, authors … Read

And the Winners Are …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” book giveaway: Jamie and Jill.

We were so impressed by the comment participation — and by the enthusiasm for “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” — that we went with two winners instead of one. A big thanks to everyone who who left such kind words.

The names were selected by the son of My web editor, Kiki Zeldes. As you can see from the … Read

“Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth”: Awards, Accolades & A Book Giveaway

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” has received a number of accolades from doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas and, of course, women who are pregnant or hoping to be soon. It’s a real delight to see how many bloggers refer the book to readers.

Now “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy & Birth” is gaining recognition in some important book circles.

Library Journal recently identified the book as one of the Best Consumer Health titles … Read

Different types of hymens. Drawing: Nina Reimer.Different types of hymens. Drawing: Nina Reimer.

The Hymen: Breaking the Myths

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

The value placed on virgin brides in some cultures led to much talk this year about “reconstructing” virginity (see: hymenoplasty) and the legal relevance of virginity (see: “essential quality” for marriage). So it seems only fitting that we should end with an inflated device designed to fake virginity by mimicking the “breaking” of the vaginal tissue known as the hymen.

According to the product description, once inserted the device “will expand a little and make you feel tight. When your lover penetrate … Read

Double Dose: Discussing Health Care Reform; Study: HIV Infects Women Through Healthy Tissue; Facebook Censors Breastfeeding Photos; “Unofficial” Feminists …

By Christine Cupaiuolo |

What to Discuss When You’re Discussing Health Care: If you’ve signed up to join or lead a health care discussion in your community — as requested by President-elect Barack Obama and Obama’s secretary-designate for Health and Human Services, former Sen. Tom Daschle — you might want to read Judith Graham’s “community discussions” blog series. Graham, a health writer for the Chicago Tribune, poses questions to ask and consequences that should be considered as part of any conversation.

And if you … Read

Event: Judy Norsigian in Nashville Tomorrow for Pregnancy, Birth, and Parenting Choices Event

By Rachel Walden |

As the resident Nashvillian, I wanted to remind you that My director Judy Norsigian will be in Nashville this weekend for an event on pregnancy and birth choices at the Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Judy will be participating in the workshop and available to sign copies of Our Bodies, Ourselves: Childbirth and Pregnancy.

From the announcement:

Seminar about pregnancy and birthing choices to be held Dec. 13

Expectant parents and birthing professionals are invited to the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing for a free seminar about … Read