Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) refers to use of hormones such asnestrogen alone or estrogen with another hormone called progesterone (progestinin its synthetic form) to reduce menopausal symptoms.
When a woman uses MHT (which some people also call hormone replacement therapy or HRT), she takes hormones that her body no longer produces in her ovaries.
Research supported by the NIH has shown that women taking estrogen alone were more likely to have increased risk of stroke and blood clots and were more likely to have heart disease risk factors such as high blood pressure, high blood cholesteroland diabetes, and to develop obesity.Continue reading →
The Affordable Care Act provision that requires insurers to cover contraceptives with zero co-pay saved US women $483 million last year — $269 on average, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Overall, 24 million more prescriptions for oral contraceptives were filled in 2013, the first full year the health law’s contraceptive provision was in force, compared to 2012.
“The share of women with no out-of-pocket cost for these forms of birth control increased to 56% from 14% one year ago,” the report says.
Infertility is the term health care providers use for women and men who are unable to get pregnant after at least 1 year of trying. Women who are able to get pregnant but who cannot carry a pregnancy to term (birth) may also be considered infertile.
Infertility is a complex problem–it does not have a single cause because getting pregnant is a multi-step chain of events. Continue reading →
The ruling means that the woman whose drug use had her facing a possible life term can at most be charged with manslaughter in the death of her stillborn daughter.
By Nina Martin ProPublica
A Mississippi judge has thrown out murder charges against a young woman in the 2006 death of her stillborn child, a significant setback for prosecutors in a controversial case that has been closely followed both by women’s rights groups and those interested in establishing rights for the unborn.
Rennie Gibbs, who was 16 when she gave birth to her stillborn daughter Samiya, had been indicted for “depraved heart murder” after traces of a cocaine byproduct were found in the baby’s blood.
The charge — defined under Mississippi law as an act “eminently dangerous to others…regardless of human life” — carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.
But Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens, in a two-page ruling held that under Mississippi law Gibbs could not be charged with murder. Continue reading →
Free preventive care and birth control coverage add up to big savings for women.
By Britt Olson Public Health – Seattle & King County
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, pregnancy could be treated as a preexisting condition and insurance could be denied. Insurance providers routinely “gender rated” plans, which resulted in higher-priced premiums for female customers. In a 2008 study, the National Women’s Law Center found that just 12 percent of some 3,500 insurance plans provided comprehensive maternity coverage. Continue reading →
The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means was 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke and she was rushed to a hospital in Muskegon, Mich. The fetus wasn’t viable, and the pregnancy — Means’ third — was doomed.
But doctors at the hospital, part of the Catholic healthcare network known as Mercy Health Partners, didn’t tell her that, Means’ lawyers say.
Instead of the normal course of treatment — inducing labor and terminating the pregnancy to stave off potentially risky complications — Means was allegedly kept in the dark about her condition, given painkillers, and sent home. Continue reading →
The Affordable Care Act, which the Supreme Court partially upheld in 2012 when it issued one of the most important decisions in decades, has spawned more litigation — topped by two consolidated cases that could become the justices’ biggest ruling on religious liberty in years.
The oral arguments regarding the law’s contraception coverage mandate, slated for March 25, will be a rematch between two lawyers who squared off in the first health law challenge — Obama administration Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. and former Bush administration Solicitor General Paul Clement.
The key question is whether privately owned businesses can be hit with crippling fines of $100 a day per worker if their devoutly Christian owners refuse on religious grounds to include in their health plans four contraceptive methods that they equate with abortion. Continue reading →
Fecal incontinence, or loss of bowel control, can be devastating. People may feel the urge to have a bowel movement and not be able to hold it until they get to a toilet or stool may leak from the rectumunexpectedly, sometimes while passing gas. Continue reading →
Most women give birth in hospitals and are attended by obstetricians, but a growing number choose to deliver their babies at birth centers.
The centers, typically staffed by midwives, offer women who are at low risk for complications an alternative to traditional hospital labor and delivery, eschewing common medical interventions such as drugs to induce labor and electronic fetal monitors, among other things. Continue reading →