- Instagram Influencers & the New Obsession with “All-Natural”: How Companies Sell Food, Exercise, and Now Even Contraceptive Methods as a New Way of Life
January 17, 2019
By Tessa Ruff
My peers and I have access to more information about our bodies and our health than ever before, encouraging us to take care of ourselves and make well-informed decisions. But informed and well-informed are not the same and sometimes Google searches can be disempowering—particularly when the top hits promote pseudoscience, debunked claims, and ...
- Riding the crimson wave
December 14, 2018
By: Lily O’Connor Coates
I don’t know about you, but I very clearly remember the first time I learned about my body in grade school. It was fifth grade and all of us girls were separated from the boys and brought into a classroom with a projector. Without a word, our teachers set up the ...
- Protect science at federal agencies
November 15, 2018
By Tessa Ruff
At the National Women’s Health Network, we are deeply concerned about the state of science under the Trump-Pence administration. Respect for science and scientists at federal agencies has dangerously eroded over the last 21 months. By repeatedly hiding, mischaracterizing, and ignoring scientific data in the rule making process, the administration has threatened public ...
- Removing barriers to voting is essential to the advancement of women’s health
November 13, 2018
By: Julia Vitale
Women’s suffrage has been an essential factor in the advancement of women’s rights, including abortion, contraception, health care coverage, and protections against discrimination in the workplace. It is no surprise that women’s voting rights, and voting rights in general, still take center stage among feminists and civil rights activists. Even though it ...
- Getting an IUD: How one size does not fit all
October 17, 2018
By: Tessa Ruff
In college, getting a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) was in vogue. It seemed like everywhere I went, women were talking about how their IUD had changed their life for the better. I was on the pill, and honestly, I wasn’t that great at taking it at the same time every day because I ...
- Vaginal laser surgery? Just say no!
August 16, 2018
By: Cindy Pearson and Abby Miller
In late June 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned against using lasers (“energy-based” devices) for vaginal “rejuvenation” or vaginal cosmetic procedures. According to the FDA, using lasers in this way can lead to vaginal burns, scarring, pain during intercourse and chronic pain. These devices have been approved ...
- The Future of Health Care Under Brett Kavanaugh: Part 2
August 10, 2018
By: Olivia Lyman
Did you know that the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment? This means that Brett Kavanaugh could undermine women’s health for decades to come. Beyond rolling back access to reproductive health care, including abortion and contraception, the Supreme Court will be making decisions surrounding other major health care issues. This includes possibly overturning ...
- The Future of Reproductive Rights Under Brett Kavanaugh
August 3, 2018
By: Olivia Lyman
Trump campaigned with a promise to conservatives that he would nominate to the Supreme Court a justice willing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that established the constitutional right to abortion in 1973. Trump is fulfilling that promise with the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s track ...
- Trump’s Title X rule is much more than a gag rule
July 3, 2018
On June 1, the Trump administration issued a proposed rule that would drastically change Title X, the nation’s program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care. Trump’s rule not only prohibits family planning providers from referring patients for abortion care, but it also instructs Title X providers to offer intentionally confusing information if a ...
- Model Minority Mutiny
May 31, 2018
By Madelyn McKeague
Throughout my life, there has been an expectation of perfection. Grades, tests, careers, relationships; everyone expected it all to meet a certain standard. I had fallen victim to the model minority myth. The model minority myth is the false notion that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) just naturally succeed and have somehow overcome ...