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Will the Pill Mess Up My Ability to Detect My One True Love?

It’s vacation time for Team Family, as my daughter calls us. While we’re skating and skiing, enjoy this repost from my old blog on hormonal contraceptives and mate choice. Imagine you are a single, heterosexual woman. You meet a nice man at the driving range, or on a blind date. You like him and he [...]

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Hot for Obama, But Only When This Smug Married Is Not Ovulating

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You all must forgive me for this blog post. You see, I am in my premenstrual phase, and so with all my insane-o premenstrual symptoms I simply cannot access the part of my brain that makes political decisions. Perhaps when I get through the devastation and physical wreckage we ladies like to think of as [...]

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What Do You Do When There is No Best Dataset? A follow-up on pregnancy and rape statistics

Trigger warning: discussion of violence against women.

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Here is Some Legitimate Science on Pregnancy and Rape

Trigger warning: discussion of violence against women and graphic mention of miscarriage.

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What the CDC and WHO Know about Young Girls and Hormonal Contraceptives

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I am slowly working on a book chapter on adolescent hormonal contraception, based on this blog post and conference presentation. I wanted to share some findings for your perusal. I’ve intentionally left out much analysis in favor of keeping things open-ended. I’ve been curious about whether there are general guidelines out there for medical doctors [...]

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Link love: Parenting, SCIENCE, Boobs and Other Objects

I’ve accumulated a number of interesting readings over the last few weeks, most related in at least some way to ladybusiness, and I thought I would give my readers a chance to procrastinate too. Parenting PhD in Parenting: 4 Ways Parents Can Help Break Down Society’s Gender Assumptions. This is the fourth in a four-part [...]

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Why We Shouldn’t Prescribe Hormonal Contraception to 12 Year Olds

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This is a re-post, with slight editing, of a piece I wrote on the old blog after last year’s AAPA meetings. I would like to keep thinking on this topic so thought I would share this before I write anything new for the Sci Am space. Variation in adolescent menstrual cycles, doctor-patient relationships, and why [...]

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Vaginal pH Redux: Broader Perspectives on Douching, Race… and Lime Juice

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In my last post I covered the safety and efficacy of acid-promoting tampons. Marc Abrahams, of Annals of Improbable Research and Ig Nobel fame, sent me an article about the intravaginal use of lime juice to prevent HIV by Nigerian women. The particular paper he sent me (Mauck et al. 2008) provided a fairly rigorous [...]

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There Will Be Blood: Follow Up to Skeptically Speaking Podcast

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  As many of you have already heard, I was a guest on Skeptically Speaking a few weeks ago, on the topic of why women menstruate. PZ Myers tackled the evolutionary perspective first, and then I got to answer audience questions and talk a little about my own research. Because I think it’s important for [...]

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Best of 2011: Ladybusiness Anthropology Edition

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It’s the end of 2011, and I have a number of reasons to celebrate: a wonderful family, a wonderful job, a fun gig at SciAm, a roller derby season about to start back up again, and Science Online 2012 in a few short weeks. It’s the time of year to reflect on what we have [...]

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The Lady and the Trump–without hungry puppies: The science of stray dog sterilization

Doing surgery in a tent on a tropical island is harder work than you’d think. It gets so hot that the sweat trickles from your surgical cap into your eyes, and when it rains on the tarp roof you can’t hear what your anesthetist is saying. I know this because I’ve worked on spay and [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Plan B: My politically incorrect take on the news

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Sometimes I feel like Alice in Wonderland, staring into distorting mirrors. The ongoing fight over Plan B has again precipitated this disquieting feeling. There is such a disconnect between some stated outcomes that are claimed as being desirable and actions that don’t support that. In this case, probably most people would agree that elective abortions [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Molecules to Medicine: When Religion Collides with Medical Care: Who Decides What Is Right for You?

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The recent presidential candidate debates, fights over insurance coverage for contraceptives, and the Virginia and Texas legislatures’ imposition of intrusive, unnecessary ultrasounds prior to any abortions are highlighting the fundamental issue of the role of religion in health care and the separation of Church and State. While the emphasis has been on reproductive care, the [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Molecules to Medicine: “Conscience” Clauses versus Refusal: An Historical Perspective

The struggle between conscience and refusal, or individual rights vs. that of the community good, goes far back, and is not limited to reproductive choices. It also forms the foundation of civil rights rulings—prohibiting discrimination and segregation, and discrimination based on race or religion. Unfortunately, there are still ongoing battles regarding discrimination based on sexual [...]

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Molecules to Medicine

Molecules to Medicine: Plan B: The Tradition of Politics at the FDA

In my last post, I focused on flaws in the medical device approval process. The Union of Concerned Scientists’ “FDA at a Crossroads” meeting also covered problems with drug approval. This is perhaps no better illustrated than by the disappointing decision by Secretary of Health Kathleen Sebelius’ to deny the emergency contraceptive, Plan B, over-the-counter [...]

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Observations

Free Birth Control Access Can Reduce Abortion Rate by More Than Half

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Earlier this year, the Affordable Care Act began requiring private insurance agencies to offer many contraceptives at no cost to consumers. This change was an effort to remove cost as an obstacle to women to choose to use birth control. It might also have the added benefit of reducing abortion rates, according to new research [...]

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