August 24, 2011 Unintended pregnancies among wealthier women and teens dropped slightly between 2001 and 2006. But unintended pregnancies were up for African-Americans and low-income women, leading researchers to conclude the overall rate has remained flat.
An increase in toxic chemicals in cigarettes may also be to blame for the high risk of bladder cancer for women who smoke.
August 16, 2011 Scientists used to think that women were less likely to get bladder cancer than men. A new study shows that's not the case. Scientists think they know why: More women are smoking, and cigarettes have become more deadly.
A new fetal DNA test to determine a baby's gender could be more accurate and faster than an ultrasound, researchers say.
August 9, 2011 Tests that predict a baby's sex by testing a mother's blood for baby DNA are accurate as early as 7 weeks' gestation. But they're not approved for sale by in the United States. Parents whose children may have genetic disorders have to turn to labs in Europe to get the tests done.
August 9, 2011 The discovery will be a big disappointment to millions of women who started taking soy after the Women's Health Initiative showed in 2002 that estrogen supplements increase the menopausal women's risk of blood clots, stroke and cognitive problems.
August 1, 2011 The cold-fighting benefits of a popular nutritional supplement were pretty modest for babies whose mothers took it during pregnancy. At three months, babies of moms who took DHA had colds that were 14 percent shorter than those for babies whose moms got a placebo.
Before long, almost all insurers will have to cover birth control pills at no charge to women.
August 1, 2011 Starting a year from now, most new health insurance policies will have to include a comprehensive list of women's preventive health services with no copay or deductible. Under the rule, insurers would have to cover all prescription contraceptives approved by the FDA.
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Presidential hopefuls Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), who signed a pledge against abortion rights, and businessman Herman Cain, who has not, seen at the taping of a radio show in New Hampshire in May.
July 28, 2011 The abortion-rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America says that none of the declared Republican candidates for president — nor any of those thought to be waiting in the wings — would pass muster with voters who support a woman's right to choose.
In one piece from the edgy campaign, a henpecked husband cowers with cartons of milk in his arms.
California Milk Processor Board
July 22, 2011 The California Milk Processor Board pulled the plug on a controversial campaign that positioned milk as a remedy for premenstrual syndrome by appealing to cowering husbands and boyfriends.
Health insurance plans may soon have to offer prescription contraception at no upfront cost to women.
July 19, 2011 A study from the Institute of Medicine calls for free contraception for women as well as additional services to be added to the list of preventive care women should be offered with no cost-sharing.
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July 19, 2011 Is birth control part of preventive care for women? That's the question before an independent panel of experts. And their decision could force insurance companies to fully cover the cost of the pill and other prescription contraceptives.
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July 14, 2011 An edgy marketing campaign from California milk processors touts milk as a remedy for premenstrual symptoms. An independent researcher says there's merit to the claims, but low-fat and skim milk would be the best choices.
July 14, 2011 In the first half of 2011, states enacted a record 162 new laws or changes to existing laws that affect reproductive health. There were 80 new abortion restrictions — more than double the previous record of 34 seen in 2005.
July 6, 2011 In countries that lack clean water and an affordable, reliable supply of infant formula, the World Health Organization recommends that HIV-positive mothers exclusively breast-feed their infants for the first six months.
June 29, 2011 The drug misoprostol can prevent bleeding after birth and save women's lives. And a test in Mozambique shows it can be used safely by traditional birth attendants who deliver babies in homes.
The Mirena IUD made by Bayer.
June 24, 2011 Intrauterine devices for birth control got a boost from a leading group of obstetricians and gynecologists. In new guidelines to doctors, IUDs were deemed the most effective, reversible form of birth control.
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