AFP Technician Hussein Mourtada works next to journalist Roba El-Husseini from the Arabic desk on March 14, 2014 at the Middle-East and North Africa headquarters of the global news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP) in the Cypriot capital Nicosia. AFP PHOTO / FLORIAN CHOBLET        (Photo credit should read FLORIAN CHOBLET/AFP/Getty Images)

Working with too many men causes stress, study finds

They found that these women showed less healthy patterns of cortisol, a hormone linked to social stress, than women working in more gender-balanced environments. Read more. 


Maternal mortality down sharply in Congo

“Maternal mortality in Congo has fallen over 45 percent since 2005. The country has made reducing maternal mortality a health priority since 2009, following a commitment made by the president to the African Union to reduce maternal mortality so that no woman dies giving birth,” UNFPA representative in Congo David Lawson told IRIN. Read more. 


Saving the Lives of Moms

Arrowsmith, now 54, has devoted his life to helping women and girls with fistulas, and he has almost certainly repaired more fistulas than any other American doctor. Read more. 


Here’s How Corsets Deformed The Skeletons Of Victorian Women

One of the most well-known historical attempts at changing a woman’s body shape — corseting of the waist to make an hourglass figure — left lasting effects on the skeleton, deforming the ribs and misaligning the spine. Read more. 


Arthritis and Poverty: Chicken or Egg?

The development of arthritis is an underappreciated reason why individuals become impoverished — a finding that was particularly pronounced for women, an Australian study found. Read more. 


World Bankers: Please Study Menstruation Costs

At the spring meeting I hope World Bankers will decide to study the toll it takes when girls and women have no handy bathrooms to change napkins and tampons. We need this data to push nations and communities to improve the supply of water and toilets in workplaces. Read more. 


Amy Schumer’s ‘Ask If Birth Control Is Right For You’ Lampoons How Ridiculously Hard It Is To Get

Are you having trouble deciding whether or not to use birth control? Take a page from Amy Schumer’s book and ask around. Read more. 


Health Ambassadors Train to Fight Menstruation Taboos

In some places around the world girls are supposed to disappear during their periods. In others a shortage of hygiene products means they can’t leave home and wind up missing lots of school. That’s where a group called Days for Girls comes in. Read more. 


Mothers-to-be and babies benefit from group prenatal care, study finds

Group prenatal care can substantially improve health outcomes for both mothers and their infants, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found. Read more. 


Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

The birthrate among teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Read more. 


The Return of the Coat Hanger Abortion

Before Roe v. Wade, the image of a coat hanger was one of the most compelling arguments for legalizing abortion nationwide. Now, a shocking case in Tennessee has put it in the center of the national discourse on abortion once again. Read more. 


Stop Taxing My Period!” Becomes a Rallying Cry for Aussie Women

petition to end the Australian tax on tampons has garnered over 95,000 signatures—and the attention of the Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey. Read more. 

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The 5 Biggest Myths About Menstruation

Whichever way you look at it, menstruation is still a taboo—and that taboo is affecting women’s lives. Here are some of the most prevalent and harmful period-related myths and urban legends. Read more. 


The Paradox of Effort

Even in the worst circumstances, people with the most self-control and resilience have the highest likelihood of defying odds—poverty, bad schools, unsafe communities—and going on to achieve much academically and professionally. Except that even when that is possible, those children seem to age rapidly during the process. Read more. 


Money really can buy happiness, Harvard prof says

Can money buy happiness? According to the old adage: No. But a Harvard Business School professor says yes. But how much happiness you can buy depends on how you spend your money. Read more. 


Cost of low-risk childbirth varies widely among hospitals

The cost of having a baby can vary by almost $10,000 depending on which hospital is chosen, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found in a study published in the July issue of the journal Health Affairs. Read more. 


Toxic relationship habits most people think are normal

We worship romantic love — you know, that dizzying and irrational romantic love that somehow finds breaking china plates on the wall in a fit of tears somewhat endearing—and scoff at practicality or unconventional sexualities. Read more. 


Why American teenagers are having much less sex

Less than half of teens older than 14 said they’ve had intercourse, a sharp drop from rates in the ’80s, a new CDC study found. The majority of those who do choose to become sexually active are using some form of protection. And, in the last decade, the popularity of the so-called “morning-after pill” among girls has more than doubled. Read more. 


UCLA Study On Friendship Among Women

A landmark UCLA study suggests friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more. Read more.


International Menstrual Hygiene Day Highlights Ongoing Taboos, Challenges of Good Reproductive Health 

Menstruation is a natural biological function and essential to good reproductive health. But cultural and religious taboos mean it continues to be treated as shameful and dirty. Read more. 


In Swaziland, child marriage still a grey area

The relief felt by health officials and activists several months ago at the apparent outlawing of child marriages now appears to have been premature, with Swaziland’s traditional leadership recently declaring that such unions are acceptable under customary law. Read more. 

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Congress Fights To Ensure Safety of Personal Care Products

Americans spend more than $50 billion every year on beauty and skin care products. But there’s little oversight into what goes into the products we’re putting on our skin and hair. Now a bipartisan group of lawmakers and industry leaders say that has got to change. Watch here.