Women's Health News
- 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.
- VA to Offer Abortions for Veterans Regardless of State Laws
September 6, 2022 — According to a draft of the rule change, the new policy overhauls health-care service provided to 9 million veterans and eligible family members; VA previously did not provide abortions of any kind or offer abortion counseling to patients considering the procedure.
- 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.
- Self-Employed Women Are Often Healthier
August 8, 2022 — A new study suggests women who are their own bosses might have healthier hearts.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Illinois Abortion Providers Prepare for Influx of Women from Other States
July 5, 2022 — Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned abortion rights, providers in Illinois are expecting a wave of women from other states seeking the procedure, and they worry they don’t have the medical staff to meet the increased demand while also serving women who live in Illinois.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Oklahoma Gov. Signs Bill That Bans Nearly All Abortions
May 26, 2022 — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Wednesday that bans almost all abortions in the state, starting at fertilization.
- Roe v. Wade’s Pending Fall Raises Privacy Concerns
May 20, 2022 — If Roe v. Wade is overturned, can criminal prosecutors or tech companies monitor period and fertility tracking apps, smartphone location data, and social media accounts?
- Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Almost All Abortions at Fertilization
May 20, 2022 — The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that outlaws almost all abortions from the point of fertilization. If Gov. Kevin Stitt signs the bill as he has promised, the state would have the most restrictive abortion law in the nation.
- If Abortion Becomes Banned, Women Still Have Some Options
May 12, 2022 — Many people living in the states with the most stringent laws blocking access to abortions may be unable to travel to states with looser restrictions. While it might be legally perilous to do so, experts say that taking abortion pills that have been ordered online is medically safe to use beyond 11 weeks of pregnancy.
- Spain May Approve Workplace Menstrual Leave
May 11, 2022 — Spain is considering allowing women to take three days off from work per month if they experience severe menstrual pain, making it the first Western nation to offer such a benefit.
- Most Americans Want Federal Law for Legal Abortion, Poll Shows
May 9, 2022 — The majority of Americans want Congress to pass a federal law that makes abortion legal nationwide, according to a new poll by CBS News/YouGov.