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"I also learned that designated nursing spaces didn't exist until Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House in 2007. This story often repeats itself: multiple organizations have changed their breastfeeding policies in recent years, but only when women came into leadership roles." Ayumi Takahashi for NPR hide caption

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Guidelines for cervical cancer screening have changed to allow HPV testing alone for women over 30. Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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For Cervical Cancer Screening, Women Over 30 Can Now Choose The HPV Test Only

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Vaginal pain and dryness are common symptoms of menopause. Recent research suggests certain types of laser treatment might help when hormones don't. Tim Pannell/Fuse/Getty Images hide caption

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Having more than one child is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer's, research finds, as is starting menstruation earlier in life than average and menopause later. Ronnie Kaufman/Blend Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Hormone Levels Likely Influence A Woman's Risk Of Alzheimer's, But How?

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Concussions from domestic violence are sometimes overlooked in patient care. MarkCoffeyPhoto/Getty Images hide caption

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Domestic Violence's Overlooked Damage: Concussion And Brain Injury

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Dr. Katie Merriam, an OB-GYN resident in Charlotte, N.C., says she loves her mostly female work environment but also appreciates having male colleagues. Alex Olgin/WFAE hide caption

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Male OB-GYNs Are Rare, But Is That A Problem?

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The author of a new book, Doing Harm, argues that a pattern of gender bias in medicine means women's pain may be going undiagnosed. PhotoAlto/Michele Constantini/Getty Images hide caption

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How 'Bad Medicine' Dismisses And Misdiagnoses Women's Symptoms

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Wendy Root Askew with her husband Dominick Askew and their son. When the little boy (now 6) was born, Root Askew struggled with postpartum depression. She likes California's bill, she says, because it goes beyond mandatory screening; it would also require insurers to establish programs to help women get treatment. Courtesy of Wendy Root Askew hide caption

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Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression

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Virginia Harrod, an attorney and county prosecutor who lives in rural Kentucky, survived breast cancer, only to develop lymphedema, which sent her to the hospital three times with serious infections. A lymph node transplant helped restore her immune system. Luke Sharrett for NPR hide caption

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She Survived Breast Cancer, But Says A Treatment Side Effect 'Almost Killed' Her

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Several Planned Parenthood chapters and other groups involved in prevention of teen pregnancy are suing the administration for halting funding for their programs. Daniel Acker/Bloomberg/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Sued Over Ending Funding Of Teen Pregnancy Programs

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Jessica Porten went to a doctor's appointment with her daughter, Kira, to get help with postpartum depression. She soon found herself in the company of police who escorted her to a hospital's emergency department. April Dembosky/KQED hide caption

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Nurse Calls Cops After Woman Seeks Help For Postpartum Depression. Right Call?

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When Jenna Sauter's youngest son, Axel, tested positive for THC — marijuana's active ingredient — after he was born, she got a home visit from local social services. Sauter says she and her friends don't smoke near their children. Sarah Varney/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Is Smoking Pot While Pregnant Safe For The Baby?

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Cecile Richards attends the 2017 Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Kings Theatre on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, in New York. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP hide caption

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If a bill in the California Legislature become law, campus health centers at public universities would be required to provide abortion pills. Phil Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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