gynecology

Health

When Women Are Denied Pain Relief During Invasive Procedures

In the UK, hysteroscopies—a procedure by which doctors examine the inside of the uterus—are routinely performed without any form of pain relief. For some women, the experience can be unbearably painful, and traumatizing.
Jessica Furseth
1.16.19
history

NYC Will Move—But Not Remove—Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Slaves

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims will be relocated from Central Park in Manhattan to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Some advocates say the decision is a "slap in the face."
Kimberly Lawson
4.16.18
ask-hole

Yes, You Can Get Pregnant When You're Already Pregnant

Just another thing to keep you up at night.
Elsie Bath
6.29.17
GUIDES

No But Really, Don't Put Garlic in Your Vag

It won't help with the itch, and it might cause other problems.
Erene Stergiopoulos
6.28.17
Between the Sheets

Painful Sex Nearly Destroyed My Relationship

I felt pressure to provide my husband with sexual release, but that pressure only seemed to make the pain worse.
Stephanie Auteri
6.16.17
humans of the year

The Future of Space Travel Depends on Varsha Jain, Space Gynecologist

She helps female astronauts deal with life in space, including what to do about their periods.
Kate Lunau
2.11.17
tech

Why Are Australians So Freaked Out by IUDs?

While intrauterine devices are now as popular as condoms with American teens, less than 3 percent of Australian women use them.
Alicia Barker
9.8.15
DIY

Meet the GynePunks Pushing the Boundaries of DIY Gynecology

A collective of radical bio-hackers and TransHackFeminists are out to reclaim gynecological medicine.
Doug Bierend
8.21.15
Stuff

Should Women Get Days off Work During Their Period?

There's an ongoing debate about the merits of "menstrual leave"—basically, getting a few extra sick days for when you're on the rag.
Arielle Pardes
12.5.14
Stuff

Things Men Have Said to My Face After Seeing My Naked Body

Since the dawn of time, with the exception of maybe a few weeks there at the beginning, nakedness and shame have gone together like drunk and uncles.
Hope Cantwell
6.3.14