Womens Health News

Don't look for emergency contraception soon
The Obama administration may have backed down after a decade of fighting over emergency contraception, but don’t expect to see Plan B, or any other morning-after birth control product, out from behind the counter anytime soon.

FDA must make some Plan B pills available to all
An appeals court ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to make certain forms of ‘morning-after” birth control pills available freely over the counter to anyone who wants to buy them.

'Why would we wait?': Sisters face Jolie cancer dilemma

Angelina Jolie’s revelation this week that she’d had both breasts removed to lower her risk of cancer came as a bombshell to many -- but not to three sisters from Berkeley Heights, N.J. Cathy Balsamo, Cindy Lepore and Patti Broccoli have spent the past year grappling with the dilemma that Jolie faced: What to do when a genetic mutation means you’ve got a sky-high chance of breast or ovarian cancer?Angelina Jolie’s revelation this week that she’d had both breasts removed to lower her risk of cancer came as a bombshell to many -- but not to three sisters from Berkeley Heights, N.J. Cathy Balsamo, Cindy Lepore and Patti Broccoli have spent the past year grappling with the dilemma that Jolie faced: What to do when a genetic mutation means you’ve got a sky-high chance of breast or ovarian cancer?


Angelina Jolie: I have had double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie says she has undergone a double mastectomy, after being told that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.Angelina Jolie says she has undergone a double mastectomy, after being told that she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer, along with a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.


Most stressful number of kids? 3, survey says

Call it the Duggar effect: TODAY Moms' exclusive survey of 7,000 mothers finds that while moms of three have more stress than mothers of one or two, women who have four or more children actually report lower stress levels.Call it the Duggar effect: TODAY Moms' exclusive survey of 7,000 mothers finds that while moms of three have more stress than mothers of one or two, women who have four or more children actually report lower stress levels.


FDA approves Plan B for girls 15 and older

U.S. health regulators on Tuesday lowered the age limit for Plan B One-Step emergency contraception, approving it for sale to girls as young as 15 and agreeing it will be available without a prescription and on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters.U.S. health regulators on Tuesday lowered the age limit for Plan B One-Step emergency contraception, approving it for sale to girls as young as 15 and agreeing it will be available without a prescription and on store shelves instead of behind pharmacy counters.


Dove ad highlights women's distorted self image

In its latest “real beauty” campaign, Dove harnesses the voice of that harsh internal critic to literally illustrate how distorted these perceptions can be when it comes to a woman’s actual appearance.In its latest “real beauty” campaign, Dove harnesses the voice of that harsh internal critic to literally illustrate how distorted these perceptions can be when it comes to a woman’s actual appearance.


Mammogram scares leave lasting fears

The chatroom posts always start with words like The chatroom posts always start with words like "Help!” or “I’m flipping out”. And they’re all the same story -- a woman having a routine mammogram is called for a follow-up. Most women are fine, but some can suffer from the scares for years, even when the news is good.


Infrequent pap smears lead to missed cancer signs
Certain types of cervical abnormalities that can lead to cancer may be missed when young women go years between Pap smears, a new study suggests.

Check the baby! Many new moms show signs of OCD

Is the baby breathing? Most new moms are anxious, but a new study finds that 11 percent may suffer from obsessive-compulsive symptoms, compared with 2 percent to 3 percent in the general population. Is the baby breathing? Most new moms are anxious, but a new study finds that 11 percent may suffer from obsessive-compulsive symptoms, compared with 2 percent to 3 percent in the general population.


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