Women in Labor Can’t Hold In Their Babies. Nurses Tell Them To Do It Anyway
Mothers in labor are often asked to delay birth to accommodate doctors’ schedules. In many cases, it can have harmful consequences.
Conservatives Are Making Abortion Rights More Popular By Attacking Them
It seems some people don't know what they have until it's almost gone.
Doctors Can Legally Inseminate Patients with Their Own Sperm in Most States
When Matt White learned that he shares DNA with his mother's former fertility doctor—and close to 50 half-siblings—he and his mother began pushing legislators to outlaw fertility fraud in Indiana. Now, victims in other states are following suit.
black maternal health
When Will the US Protect Black Women From Dying in Childbirth?
Across the United States, politicians are taking steps toward enacting legislation that reduces racist bias against pregnant Black women and infants. But there's still a challenging journey ahead.
This Is How One Country Gave Free Menstrual Products to All Its Students
The Scottish government allocated £9.2 million to offer free sanitary products in schools and convinced other places in the UK to follow suit.
Nigerian Hospitals Are Locking Up Women Unable to Pay Their Childbirth Bills
Fashion designer Folake Oduyoye died in custody in 2016 after her hospital refused to discharge her until she paid her outstanding bill. Her death is part of a global phenomenon known as hospital detention.
Where the Hell Is Birth Control for Men?
For years, headlines have promised birth control for cis men is just around the corner. The truth is more complicated.
Why Does Penetration Hurt During Sex for Some People?
In the US, an estimated one in 500 women has vaginismus, a condition that makes penetrative sexual intercourse incredibly painful. Broadly spoke to women about how vaginismus has affected their sex lives.
Why We Should Stop Using the Phrase 'Women's Health'
It ignores all the other people—with or without a uterus—who have reproductive health needs.
Meera Shah, MD
Views My Own
My Abortion Was the Most Positive Experience I Had with Canadian Healthcare
I had expected the procedure to be fraught with difficulty, given the experiences of many women. I proved to be the exception.
The Agony of Seeing Miscarriage Stories Shared Online
I want people to be able to talk about their loss, but seeing these posts opens up a wound for me.
Doctors Thought I Had Chronic Yeast Infections—But I Really Had Cancer
For years, Clare Baumhauer's painful symptoms were written off by GPs. Then she was diagnosed with lichen sclerosus—a little-known condition that, for a small number of women, can cause vulva cancer.