reproductive health

Fertility Fraud

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.
Leila Ettachfini
4.22.19
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.
Kimberly Lawson
4.16.19
Menstruation

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.
Siobhan Ball
4.16.19
reproductive rights

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.
Emma Bryce
Wana Udobang
4.1.19
birth control

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.
Marie Solis
Leila Ettachfini
3.21.19
Broadly

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.
Maighna Nanu
3.19.19
Health

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
3.5.19
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.
Amy Kenny
2.22.19
Fighting Words

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.
Kristi Pahr
2.12.19
Health

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.
Sarah Graham
2.5.19
reproductive health

Teens Can Now Text This Bot to Answer Their Awkward Sex Questions

Planned Parenthood's new AI chatbot named Roo is ready to answer young people's burning questions about masturbation, STI's, reproductive health, and more.
Leila Ettachfini
1.24.19
Science

This Tiny Patch Could Give You a Month's Birth Control in Seconds

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have invented a microneedle patch that only needs to be briefly pressed against the skin to deliver a contraceptive drug.
Zing Tsjeng
1.17.19
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