Women's Health News & Features
- How Doctors Can Care for Women Better
February 27, 2023 — A recent movement in medicine is pushing doctors to better understand how female patients are different from male patients.
- What's Behind Rise in Girls' Report of Sadness, Sexual Violence?
February 14, 2023 — Minority youth, as well as teens identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning also frequently reported sadness, suicide risk, and sexual assault.
- Meet Four CEOs on a Mission to Help Women Feel Healthy
December 28, 2022 — While it’s often the case that great business ideas emerge from personal experiences, when a health issue prompts the development of a company, the results can be incredible for both the founder and customers, too. Such was the case for these four CEOs who transformed their own personal health journeys into businesses that have helped so many women along the way. Here are their stories.
- The Clitoris Steps Into the Spotlight With New Scientific Discovery
November 10, 2022 — Until recently, the clitoris was an understudied body part that has led to stigma when patients have medical issues. A new study may open doors for patients who have historically suffered in silence, without guidance from the medical community.
- Promising New Antibiotic Emerges for Treating UTIs
November 4, 2022 — A new antibiotic for urinary tract infections is heading toward government approval. It would be the first new treatment in 20 years for UTIs, which affect more than half of women at least sometime in their life.
- CVS Cuts Prices of Menstrual Products, Covers Sales Tax in Some States
October 13, 2022 — CVS said it was reducing prices on CVS Health and Live Better tampons, menstrual pads, liners, and cups by 25%, and is paying state sales taxes on them in a dozen states.
- COVID-19 Vaccine May Change, Lengthen Menstrual Cycles
October 6, 2022 — A new study found that on average, vaccinated women got their periods 0.71 days late following the first shot. Those who received two vaccines within one cycle saw an increased cycle length of 4 days, on average.
- Frozen Embryos Linked to High Blood Pressure Risks During Pregnancy
September 27, 2022 — Pregnancies that use frozen embryos through in vitro fertilization appear to be linked to a higher risk of complications related to high blood pressure, as compared with non-frozen embryos or natural conception, according to a new study published in Hypertension.
- 80% of U.S. Maternal Deaths Are Preventable: Study
September 20, 2022 — More than 80% of U.S. maternal deaths across a 2-year period were due to preventable causes, according to a new CDC report.
- Vegetarian Women Face Higher Risks for Hip Fractures
August 12, 2022 — Women who are vegetarian are more likely to experience hip fractures in later life than those who frequently eat meat.
- More Illegal Sites Running Online Abortion Pill Scams
August 4, 2022 — Before you buy, consider red flags and consult two websites that track legitimacy.
- How Doctors Are Weighing the Legal Risks of Abortion Care
July 28, 2022 — Since the Roe v. Wade was overturned, abortion providers must make many day-to-day medical decisions, with the changing legal risks being as top-of-mind to doctors as the safety of their patients.
- CVS Seeks Verification On Possible Abortion Drugs
July 22, 2022 — CVS Health is asking pharmacists in some states to verify that a few of the prescriptions they provide will not be used to end a pregnancy.
- Even a Little Bit of Exercise Boosts Women's Brain Speed
July 21, 2022 — A new study says that a women's mental processing speed may benefit more than men from even a small amount of exercise.
- Indiana Abortion Doctor Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to State AG
July 18, 2022 — The lawyer for a doctor who provided abortion services to a 10-year-old rape victim sent a cease-and-desist letter to Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita after Rokita suggested the doctor might have broken the law.
- Texas Sues Biden Administration Over Emergency Abortion Guidance
July 15, 2022 — The state of Texas has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in opposition to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services guidance that says hospitals are required to provide emergency abortions regardless of state law.
- Feds Warn Pharmacists: Don't Refuse to Provide Abortion Pills
July 14, 2022 — The Biden administration issued guidance on Wednesday to remind the nation’s 60,000 retail pharmacies of their obligation under federal law to supply prescribed medications, including drugs that may cause an abortion.
- Justice Department Task Force to Fight Abortion Ban Overreach
July 13, 2022 — The Justice Department is launching a Reproductive Rights Task Force to prevent state and local governments from overreach if they impose new abortion bans.
- HHS: Hospitals Must Perform Abortion If Mother’s Life at Risk
July 12, 2022 — Hospitals must perform an abortion if the woman’s life is in danger, even in states that ban the procedure with no exceptions, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said In a letter to health care providers Monday.
- Biden Moves to Protect Access to Reproductive Health Care
July 8, 2022 — The executive order calls on multiple federal agencies to expand access to reproductive care, crack down on misinformation and to protect the privacy of patients seeking reproductive care.
- Exercise and Your Period: Be Your Best When You Feel Bad
July 8, 2022 — A growing conversation around periods and performance is empowering active people. Use these tips to feel and perform your best in all phases of the menstrual cycle.
- How to Manage Emotions About Roe v. Wade
July 7, 2022 — Anger, anxiety, numbness: These emotions are just a few that some may feel after the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, drastically changing a nearly 50-year precedent that gave people the right to abortion across all states. If you feel you are emotionally struggling after the court’s decision, read on to see how you can cope.
- Nevada Sees Increase in Out-of-State Abortion Patients
July 6, 2022 — Nevada is already seeing more out-of-state patients seeking an abortion, which state officials expected after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
- Google to Delete Location History for Abortion Clinic Visits
July 5, 2022 — Google announced that it would work to delete location history data for people who visit abortion sites and other medical establishments.
- SCOTUS Opinion Leak Caused Spike in Search for Abortion Drugs
July 1, 2022 — During the week of the leak, May 1 to May 8, Google recorded 350,000 internet searches for abortion medications, the greatest number since the search company began collecting data in 2004.
- Kentucky Judge Blocks State Abortion Ban
July 1, 2022 — A Kentucky judge temporarily blocked the state’s new six-week abortion ban, allowing the procedure to resume for now. The new law would ban abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for maternal death or serious injury.
- Florida Judge Rules State Abortion Law Unconstitutional
July 1, 2022 — A Florida judge ruled that the state’s new 15-week abortion ban is unconstitutional. The judge said he would issue a temporary injunction in the coming days that would allow abortion in Florida to resume and remain legal until 24 weeks into pregnancy.
- Biden Calls for Filibuster ‘Exception’ For Abortion Rights
June 30, 2022 — Biden said he would support requiring “an exception” to the filibuster so that Congress could vote abortion rights protections into federal law.
- Abortion Opponents Don't Want Patients Crossing State Lines
June 30, 2022 — Several national anti-abortion advocacy groups and lawmakers in Republican-led states are pushing forward with plans to block people from crossing state lines to seek the procedure elsewhere.
- U.S. Maternal Mortality Increased 33% During Pandemic
June 29, 2022 — Research shows that maternal mortality rates in the U.S. increased 33% after the beginning of the pandemic.
- Amazon, Rite Aid Limit Purchases of Emergency Contraception
June 29, 2022 — Amazon and some large drugstore chains such as Rite Aid began limiting purchases of emergency contraception this week.
- Alabama Cites Roe Decision in Call to Ban Transgender Health Care
June 29, 2022 — Alabama urged a federal court on Tuesday to drop its block on the state’s ban on gender-affirming care for transgender youth, citing the Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
- Facebook, Instagram Remove Posts Offering Abortion Pills
June 28, 2022 — Facebook and Instagram have begun removing posts and temporarily banning users that offer abortion pills to women who may not be able to access them after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade.
- Louisiana, Utah Judges Temporarily Block Abortion Bans
June 28, 2022 — Judges in Louisiana and Utah have temporarily blocked trigger laws that would ban abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
- More Companies To Cover Abortion Travel Costs for Employees
June 27, 2022 — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, a growing number of companies say they will cover employees’ expenses if they need to travel out of state to obtain abortions.
- Fight Over Roe Is Over, But Other Fights Just Getting Started
June 27, 2022 — Federal and state officials spoke out quickly about what protections are still in place for access to abortion, and some governors have taken new actions to expand that protection.
- Pentagon Grapples With Abortion in Wake of Roe Ruling
June 27, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Defense is trying to figure out how to address the issue of abortion access for military members and their families in the wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Reversal of Roe V. Wade May Go Well Beyond Abortion
June 24, 2022 — Experts fear that many reproductive procedures will be imperiled as states start banning pregnancy terminations.
- Roe v. Wade Overturned, Ending 50 Years of Abortion Protections
June 23, 2022 — Abortion will likely soon be banned in more than two dozen states.
- Louisiana Gov. Signs Abortion Ban With No Exceptions for Rape, Incest
June 22, 2022 — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill to ban abortion in the state, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
- Florida Synagogue Challenges New Statewide Abortion Law
June 15, 2022 — A synagogue in Florida is challenging the state’s new abortion law that prohibits abortions after 15 weeks, saying that the law violates religious freedom rights and privacy protections guaranteed under the state constitution.
- About 1 in 5 U.S. Pregnancies Ended in Abortion in 2020: Report
June 15, 2022 — The number and rate of U.S. abortions increased between 2017 and 2020 after a 30-year decline, according to a new report from the Guttmacher Institute.
- Tampon Shortage Linked to Supply Chain, Inflation Issues
June 14, 2022 — Tampons may be harder to find due to supply chain challenges and inflation hikes that are causing higher prices.
- Gifts for a Healthy Mother’s Day
Skip the flowers. Experts offer 10 picks designed for a healthy, happy Mother’s Day.
- Even Women Doctors Find Their Symptoms Aren’t Taken Seriously
Female doctors-turned-patients share their insights about why women’s symptoms are so often dismissed – and how to fix it.
- Eco-Friendly Options for Menstrual Products
Learn about different products to make your menstrual period more environmentally friendly.
- What to Know About 3D Mammograms
Since your last mammogram, your doctor might have replaced conventional 2D images with 3D technology called breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammogram.
- Pregnancy Discharge: Color and Texture Changes
Pregnancy brings all kinds of changes to your body, including an increase in vaginal discharge. Learn more about this unexpected pregnancy change.
- Diagnosing Mild Cognitive Impairment in Women
One problem with memory tests is that cut-off scores for mild cognitive impairment don’t reflect that women tend to have stronger verbal memory than men.