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“I Wouldn’t Recommend It to Anyone”: What We Can Learn from Women who have had Bad Experiences with Depo-Provera

By Guest Contributor |

The contraceptive injection Depo-Provera is causing baffling, quality-of-life threatening adverse effects for many women. Women considering or prescribed Depo-Provera deserve concrete and comprehensive information about the effects they might experience both while taking Depo-Provera and after stopping it, as well as full support from their health care providers to understand and manage the return to regular ovulatory menstrual cycles. More

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If Pelvic Exams For Healthy Women Aren’t Helpful, Why Do We Still Do Them?

By Guest Contributor |

In late June, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded that pelvic exams have no proven benefits for healthy women. In seven years of performing pelvic exams on healthy, asymptomatic women, I have never once discovered a chance finding that turned out to be a disease. I have had false positives that required further testing. False positives and false negatives are both associated with routine pelvic examination. More

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When Ideology Trumps Evidence: Abortion Access and Undue Burden

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The current legal standard for evaluating the constitutionality of an abortion law is to examine whether the law in question places an “undue burden” on women. Public health researcher Emily Maistrellis discusses her research showing far too often, courts disregard scientific evidence when determining whether laws restricting abortion place an “undue burden” on women.