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New study reveals physicians not discouraging Egyptian women from practicing female circumcision

New study reveals physicians not discouraging Egyptian women from practicing female circumcision

Women in Egypt are seeking out doctors' opinions on whether they should circumcise their daughters and, though it is illegal there, physicians are not discouraging the practice, giving legitimacy to a procedure that has serious medical risks, according to a new study led by a former Stanford University School of Medicine researcher. [More]
Developmental exposure to fracking chemicals may pose threat to fertility

Developmental exposure to fracking chemicals may pose threat to fertility

More than 15 million Americans live within a one-mile radius of unconventional oil and gas operations. UOGs combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to release natural gas from underground rock. [More]
UNC bioethicist addresses roadblocks to HIV research on pregnant women

UNC bioethicist addresses roadblocks to HIV research on pregnant women

UNC School of Medicine's Anne Lyerly is addressing the urgent need for effective HIV prevention and treatment for the estimated 1.5 million women worldwide with HIV who give birth each year. [More]
Exact magnitude of stillbirths, maternal and neonatal mortality underreported, WHO reveals

Exact magnitude of stillbirths, maternal and neonatal mortality underreported, WHO reveals

The day of birth is potentially the most dangerous time for mothers and babies. Every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn. [More]
Reproductive age-related changes in ovarian environment may contribute to infertility

Reproductive age-related changes in ovarian environment may contribute to infertility

Women's decreased ability to produce healthy eggs as they become older may be due to excessive scarring and inflammation in their ovaries, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study in mice. [More]
New study shows some Catholic hospitals actively discourage referrals for reproductive services

New study shows some Catholic hospitals actively discourage referrals for reproductive services

Catholic hospitals, which represent a growing share of health care in the United States, prohibit staff from providing many common reproductive health services, including ones related to sterilization, contraception, abortion, and fertility. [More]

New article underscores importance of shedding shame and secrecy of menstruation in adolescent literature

The Censoring of Menstruation in Adolescent Literature: A Growing Problem, an article published in Women's Reproductive Health, discusses the importance of "shedding the shame and secrecy" of menstruation in adolescent literature. [More]
Women using contraception containing estrogen may have high vitamin D levels, study shows

Women using contraception containing estrogen may have high vitamin D levels, study shows

Women risk having their vitamin D levels fall when they stop using birth control pills or other contraceptives containing estrogen, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. [More]

New article sheds light on women's beliefs about menstrual synchrony

Demystifying Menstrual Synchrony: Women's Subjective Beliefs About Bleeding in Tandem With Other Women, an article recently published in Women's Reproductive Health, addresses the overlooked issue of why many women believe in menstrual synchrony. [More]
Naturally occurring estrogen in cow’s milk does not affect blood hormone levels, study shows

Naturally occurring estrogen in cow’s milk does not affect blood hormone levels, study shows

Estrogen occurs naturally in cow's milk. Recently, there has been concern that consuming milk containing elevated amounts of estrogen could affect blood levels of the hormone in humans, leading to an increased risk of some cancers. [More]
UAB receives NIH grants in three perinatal networks to improve maternal and infant health

UAB receives NIH grants in three perinatal networks to improve maternal and infant health

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is the only university to be awarded grants in all three perinatal networks from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to improve maternal and infant health. [More]
Gates Institute launches new global urban reproductive health program

Gates Institute launches new global urban reproductive health program

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, is launching The Challenge Initiative, a global urban reproductive health program supported by a three-year, $42 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. [More]
HOPE study seeks to understand safety of vaginal ring in protecting women against HIV

HOPE study seeks to understand safety of vaginal ring in protecting women against HIV

Women who took part in ASPIRE, a trial that found a vaginal ring containing an antiretroviral (ARV) drug called dapivirine was safe and helped protect against HIV, will soon be offered the opportunity to use the ring as part of a new study called HOPE. [More]
Maturitas provides new holistic model of care for healthy menopause

Maturitas provides new holistic model of care for healthy menopause

A new position statement by the European Menopause and Andropause Society published in the journal Maturitas provides a holistic model of care for healthy menopause. [More]
QUT study finds age and education may influence women in selecting sperm donors

QUT study finds age and education may influence women in selecting sperm donors

With commercial sperm banking giving women more opportunities to become mothers, a world-first QUT study has found the age and education of sperm donors are the most important characteristics considered. [More]
Prenatal butylparaben exposure causes various endocrine disrupting effects in rats

Prenatal butylparaben exposure causes various endocrine disrupting effects in rats

Research suggests that butylparaben - which is used in cosmetics and skin care products such as sunscreen - have more endocrine disrupting effects than previously thought. [More]
Menopause symptoms: can a healthcare professional help? An interview with Dr Heather Currie

Menopause symptoms: can a healthcare professional help? An interview with Dr Heather Currie

The survey showed that only 50% of women consulted a healthcare professional about their symptoms, despite the fact that many women said their symptoms were having a significant effect on their work life, social life, home life and sex life. [More]
First real-time study to test effectiveness of fertility app

First real-time study to test effectiveness of fertility app

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health are recruiting as many as 1,200 women to study, in real time, a smartphone app that calculates a woman's chance for pregnancy on a daily basis. [More]
Revised Zika Strategic Response Plan focuses on preventing, managing medical complications

Revised Zika Strategic Response Plan focuses on preventing, managing medical complications

The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. [More]
Failure to recognise gender diversity causes major gaps in understanding transgender health

Failure to recognise gender diversity causes major gaps in understanding transgender health

2015 was an unprecedented year in the recognition of transgender rights in some high-income countries. However, as a new Series published in The Lancet today reveals, public recognition has yet to translate to a concerted effort to support and improve the health of transgender people across the world. [More]
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