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How to Access Reproductive Healthcare During a Pandemic

Staying safe during a pandemic raises a lot of questions about if and when a doctor’s visit is necessary—and if it is, what additional measures patients need to take to safeguard themselves. Office visits are now complicated by both the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and the imperative that we balancing the needs of an… […]

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How to Choose a Birth Control Option If You’re Worried About Side Effects

Picking a birth control can seem scary, especially if you’re worried about the more extreme side effects. You may have heard the horror stories about the risks of organ perforation using intrauterine devices, or claims that birth control is linked to migraines. However, extreme side effects are rare, and usually only…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Should You Get Your Vaginal Microbiome Analyzed?

The bacteria and other microbes that live in the vagina are hugely important to our health, but (like the microbes in other parts of the body) they’re not very well understood. Now, a company is offering free vaginal microbiome reports to women who join their study. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Twitter’s New Rules Against Political Ads Could Silence Health Clinics, Too

Twitter will ban all political topics from its paid ads, Jack Dorsey announced this week. But that means “issue” ads too, which that anything can be banned if the folks in charge (or, more likely, an algorithm that they train) considers the topic too political. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Facebook Might Know When You Last Had Sex

Some period tracking apps have been sending data to Facebook, BuzzFeed reports, including when you had sex, if you logged that using the apps. They also share other information you’ve logged, from detailed medical data to your mood to the fact that you’re using a menstruation app.Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Planned Parenthood’s Birth Control and UTI App Is Coming to All 50 States This Year

When we first wrote about Planned Parenthood Direct, it was a niche product that could get you birth control by mail if you lived in California. Now it’s good in 27 states, and its makers announced that it will be available nationwide by the end of 2019. Oh, and it can help you get UTI […]

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What Planned Parenthood’s Funding Change Means for Patients

Recently the Trump administration changed the rules for Title X funds, and this week Planned Parenthood decided to stop accepting the money. As a result, free and sliding scale birth control, STD testing, and other services may become harder to access. Here’s what you need to know. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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What Planned Parenthood’s Funding Change Means for Patients

Recently the Trump administration changed the rules for Title X funds, and this week Planned Parenthood decided to stop accepting the money. As a result, free and sliding scale birth control, STD testing, and other services may become harder to access. Here’s what you need to know. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How Your Monthly Cycle Affects Your Workouts

Anyone who’s ever had a period knows that the accompanying mood swings, fatigue, and cramps can be rough. Of course, everyone is different, and your mileage may vary, but if you do suffer from severe symptoms, it can be hard to drag yourself off the couch for literally any reason – including your workout.Read more… […]

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How to Choose a Birth Control Pill

“The Pill” is not a monolith: there are hundreds of birth control pills out there, and they’re not all the same. But most people are never given a choice. They walk into the clinic, ask for the pill, and get a prescription that may or may not be the best one for their particular situation. […]

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How to Divest From the Corporations Funding Abortion Bans

Earlier this week, Judd Legum’s Popular Information newsletter reported that, in recent years, six corporations contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the lawmakers behind six-week abortion bans in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. In an attempt to fight back, consumers across the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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How to Divest From the Corporations Funding Abortion Bans

Earlier this week, Judd Legum’s Popular Information newsletter reported that, in recent years, six corporations contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to the lawmakers behind six-week abortion bans in Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and Ohio. In an attempt to fight back, consumers across the…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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What to Do if You’re Freaking Out About the Wave of Six-Week Abortion Bans

Even though abortion is still legal everywhere in the United States, Republicans are dead-set on changing that. Apart from donating money to abortion funds, it’s hard to know what you can do to help. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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Your Fake Email Isn’t Keeping Your Health App Data Private

Apps that store sensitive health data aren’t rare anymore. Besides the apps from my actual health providers (which have to comply with HIPAA laws), I’ve used apps that track my weight, my fitness habits, my mental health, my periods, and more. In many cases, the apps are sharing or selling your data, and it’s linked…Read […]

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Abortion Is Still Legal in All 50 States

If the recent wave of six-week abortion bans has you utterly terrified and spitting mad, you’re not alone. But it’s important to remember that, as of yet, no laws have changed; despite increasingly severe restrictions in many states, abortion is still a constitutional right. Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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I’m Reproductive Geneticist Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe, and This Is How I Work

The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine is a fertility clinic that helps patients and researches new genetic approaches to fighting infertility and hereditary disease. Dr. Mandy Katz-Jaffe works in research and patient care, developing the genetic technologies that she and her team use in their practice. We…Read more… Continue Reading at https://lifehacker.com

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