- Generic Drugs
August 13, 2015
More than 80 percent of prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs. Women get these prescriptions with the assumption that the drugs they’ve been prescribed are safe and effective.
But, right now, women actually have no way of knowing if their generic drugs are safe, or whether they could actually be harmful. This ...
- The Great LARC Debate: facilitating a balanced approach to education and promotion of LARCs
July 24, 2015
By Coco Jervis
Immediately after the birth of her twins, 21-year-old Chantal1 had an IUD inserted, at no cost to her. She has had a very positive experience with the IUD, although she had cramping and intermittent bleeding for a couple of weeks after it was inserted. For the most part, though, she describes having her ...
- Trans Fat: A Bittersweet Enemy
July 20, 2015
It’s no secret that Americans have a reputation for indulging in sugary and fatty foods. At our local county fairs, we are able to find anything and everything deep fried. We are taught that it’s okay to satisfy these cravings every now and then; however, even the smallest amounts of some of our favorite foods ...
- Sex Toys: The Monster in Your Bed
July 7, 2015
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
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
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
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- FDA to Consider Controversial Female Sexual Dysfunction Drug for the Third Time
June 1, 2015
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
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- Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
April 28, 2015
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 ...