• Sex Toys: The Monster in Your Bed
    July 7, 2015
    Sex Toys: The Monster in Your Bed
    In 2007, in Lubbock, Texas, a sting operation in a lingerie shop resulted in the arrest of the clerk on duty. The employee was threatened with registration as a sex offender. Why? Because the adult store’s possession of six or more “obscene devices” violated Texas Penal Code. Apparently, the sex toys gathered as evidence from ...
  • TITLE IX: Is Your School Doing Enough?
    July 2, 2015
    TITLE IX: Is Your School Doing Enough?
    June 23rd, 2015 marked the 43rd anniversary of the Title IX enactment. This federal law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program. Best known for its impact on high school and college athletic programs, Title IX allows women more access to participation in sports. Aside from its advance in ...
  • Belly Buttons and Body Image: The Latest Fitness Test?
    June 24, 2015
    Belly Buttons and Body Image: The Latest Fitness Test?
    Women have been held to unfair standards of beauty for a very long time; however, it feels like our obsession with aesthetics has become inescapable with the advent of social media. From photoshopped thigh gaps on Instagram, to last month’s Lip Challenge, these trends are physically dangerous, damaging to our mental health, and more accessible ...
  • Female Viagra? A Pro-Sex Feminist Says No
    June 16, 2015
    Female Viagra?  A Pro-Sex Feminist Says No
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  • FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
    June 1, 2015
    FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
    Over the last five years the National Women’s Health Network has, on numerous occasions, weighed in on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) review of flibanserin, a drug intended to treat female sexual dysfunction. Responding to our serious safety and efficacy concerns with the drug, the FDA has rejected the drug twice; however, now the ...
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones… No really, be careful!
    May 8, 2015
    Sticks and stones may break my bones… No really, be careful!
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  • Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
    April 28, 2015
    Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
    On April 23rd, I attended a Senate briefing regarding the desired budget increase for the CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP). The presentation was entitled, “The Public Health Crisis of STDs: Are We Ready?” Spoiler alert: We are really not ready; hence the need for $54.7 million increase to the department’s budget. The ever-looming threat of ...
  • Less safe and more expensive: the FDA approves new use of the HPV test
    April 25, 2015
    By giving Roche, the company that makes the HPV test, the ok to market it to use alone to screen for cervical cancer, the FDA is exposing women to unnecessary health risks and opening the door to a change in medical practice that will abandon evidence-based guidelines and drive up costs. Why would the FDA ...
  • Aren’t covered with health insurance for 2015!?! Save your money and your health!
    April 22, 2015
    Aren’t covered with health insurance for 2015!?! Save your money and your health!
    The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to sign up for a health insurance plan for the year, and although the Open Enrollment for 2015 health coverage has passed, fear not! There’s still a chance to enroll this year under the Special Enrollment Period (SEP). If you’ve had a major life event, you have until April ...
  • Contraceptive Coverage under the ACA: Clinics, Claims, and Counterpoints
    April 16, 2015
    Contraceptive Coverage under the ACA: Clinics, Claims, and Counterpoints
    Before beginning my internship at the Network, I worked at a reproductive health clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The clinic offered a myriad of services ranging from annual pap smears to abortion care to contraceptive management.  You might think that when it came to fighting with insurance companies, our biggest point of contention would be coverage ...