MENSTRUATION MATTERS

How do women’s menstrual beliefs impact their contraceptive decision-making?

How do women’s menstrual beliefs impact their contraceptive decision-making?

I’m looking forward to chairing this panel presentation exploring the intersections of contraception and menstrual health beliefs on Friday morning, June 5th, at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research at The Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights, June 4-6, 2015, Suffolk University, Boston.  The conference theme is Menstrual Health and Reproductive Justice: Human...

The Other Dangers of Yasmin and Yaz

Recently, in a piece for the Ms. Magazine blog, re:Cycling’s Elizabeth Kissling remarked on the lack of media coverage of serious safety issues with the popular birth control pill brands Yaz and Yasmin. Of the coverage there has been, little has looked beyond the significant number of injuries and deaths caused by blood clots to the potential dangers held...
Footloose and Pharmaceutical-Free?

Footloose and Pharmaceutical-Free?

Guest Post by Holly Grigg-Spall, Sweetening the Pill At the West Coast Catalyst Convention for sex-positive sex-educators I was listening to a talk on definitions of sexual health when the birth control pill was brought up. I’d spent much of the event feeling desperately vanilla and so was pleased to be discussing something other than strap-ons and lube. The most...
What’s missing from Mother Jones’ birth control calculator?

What’s missing from Mother Jones’ birth control calculator?

Source: Public Domain In response to Rick Santorum’s recent assertion that birth control only costs “a few dollars” and therefore there shouldn’t be such a big fuss about denying insurance coverage, Mother Jones published a birth control calculator this week that estimates your lifetime costs for birth control, based on your current age. The calculator asks you to enter your...
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