• 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
    High Fat Foods
    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
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    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
    Final Title IX Blog Picture
    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
    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
    Maria Fabrizio for NPR
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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
    Sticks and stones may break my bones
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  • Antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, congenital syphilis, budget cuts—oh my!
    April 28, 2015
    SOA Gonorroe
    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 ...