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Occasional posts examining the intersection between health, politics, and reproductive justice.

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Welcome to Our Bodies Ourselves Today!

September 9, 2022

Dear Readers,  We are thrilled to welcome you to Our Bodies Ourselves Today, a unique and trustworthy guide to your body and…

Seize Back the Political Discourse on Life

July 6, 2022

by Sheila Jasanoff For any woman who grew up as I did in the decades of expanding women’s rights, the majority opinion…

Spreading the Word about Medication Abortion Via the Mail: An Urgent Priority for 2022

June 17, 2022

By Aziza Ahmed and Timothy RB Johnson Our Bodies Ourselves is a long-time supporter of greater access to medication abortion via the…

Watch Our Bodies Ourselves Virtual Events!

October 10, 2021

Each year, Our Bodies Ourselves participates in various events that feature or celebrate the history, legacy, and ongoing work of OBOS. This…

Celebrating “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas” and Transnational Feminist Health!

October 1, 2021

After more than two years in the making, the first volume of “Nossos Corpos por Nós Mesmas,” has arrived! The book, a…

In the Fight Against HIV, Gendered Assumptions Have Deadly Consequences

August 19, 2021

By Charlotte Babbin In October 2019, the FDA approval of the new HIV-prevention drug Descovy was met with great excitement by doctors…

Period Poverty is a Human Rights Issue. Period.

August 6, 2021

by Hannah Sachs-Wetstone What is period poverty? Let’s talk about period poverty. Period poverty occurs when menstruators cannot access the menstrual products…

Stopping Keystone: A Victory for Native Women’s Health

July 1, 2021

By Hannah Sachs-Wetstone In early June, after more than ten years of conflict, the Keystone XL oil pipeline project was halted by…

Celebrate Pride Month with a #GiveOUTDay donation to Our Bodies Ourselves Today!

June 21, 2021

by Hannah Sachs-Wetstone  Our Bodies Ourselves Today, a new online platform featuring up-to-date information about health, sexuality, and well-being, is set to…

When Antidepressants Leave Lasting Damage: Living with Post-SSRI/SNRI Sexual Dysfunction

January 23, 2021

by Emily Grey My clitoris is now no more than an inert and sensation-less nub of flesh. I am unable to feel…

False or Misleading Claims: More Problems with Addyi

January 4, 2021

by Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot The so-called “pink Viagra” drug Addyi (flibanserin) is in the news again. This time, Sprout Pharmaceuticals…

Persistent and Pervasive: Feminists Take on Toxics

December 7, 2020

For a variety of reasons, including gendered work and home experiences, women face different environmental health risks than men. Women are more…

Abortion and Women’s Rights in 1970: A Film

October 12, 2020

In these scary times, with the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s more important than ever to understand the…

Addressing Institutional Racism & Health Inequality: My Perspective

August 18, 2020

by Diana Namumbejja Abwoye Diana Namumbejja Abwoye is a family nurse practitioner and a member of the Board of Directors of Our…

Adapting “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese: The Translators’ Experiences

July 30, 2020

“[H]aving the opportunity of translating … “Our Bodies, Ourselves” to Brazilian Portuguese … brings me a profound sense of accomplishment, since there…

My Body, My Choice: Aesthetic Flat Closure after Mastectomy

July 21, 2020

by Kim Bowles In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. After careful consideration and lots of…

Women with Breast Implants Should Not Need to Wait for Safety Information They Urgently Need

July 1, 2020

by Rose Weitz and Diana Zuckerman Although breast implants have been sold since the 1960s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)…

Free the Pill!

May 28, 2020

by Carrie Baker Sixty years ago this month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill for distribution in…

Please Support Civil Liberties and Public Policy During the Covid-19 Crisis: An Appeal from Judy Norsigian

May 1, 2020

These challenging times require fierce, broad, and intersectional activism – which is just what Civil Liberties and Public Policy (CLPP) has been…

Our Doctors, Ourselves: Barbara Seaman and Popular Health Feminism in the 1970s

February 13, 2020

“If the plastic speculum was the tool of choice for self-help advocates, leading women to a better understanding of their own bodies…

The Very Early Perimenopause: What We Can Learn from Dr. Jerilynn Prior’s Research

November 25, 2019

by Nina Coslov In my early 40s, I started noticing changes in my body. A once great sleeper, I was now waking…