Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Full equality for women and girls can be attained only when they have the information and services they need to lead healthy lives and make informed and independent decisions about their health, reproductive health and sexuality. Health for women depends on many factors, including access to safe water and nutritious food; affordable care and insurance; disease prevention and access to comprehensive reproductive and maternal health services; and awareness and support for women with HIV/AIDS and other diseases and disabilities. Health is not limited to physical well-being but extends to sexuality, mental health and body image as well. Explore the resources listed below, including Related Categories links, or use the Keyword Search for more information.

Shift Work Might Affect Women's Periods, Fertility: Study

SeeShift Work Might Affect Women's Periods, Fertility: Study

 

Shift work may raise a woman's risk of menstrual and fertility problems, and steady night shifts may boost the odds for miscarriage, a new study suggests.

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Shift work may raise a woman's risk of menstrual and fertility problems, and steady night shifts may boost the odds for miscarriage, a new study suggests.

The findings support the notion that "for those women seeking pregnancy, a healthy, regular routine is paramount," said Dr. Jill Rabin, chief of ambulatory care, obstetrics and gynecology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

Research & Action Report: Putting Children First

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FromWellesley Centers for Women

Authors: Susan Lowry Rardin, Kate Prince, and Connie Gunderson

Date Published: Fall/Winter 2012

Research & Action Report: Putting Children First

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http://www.wcwonline.org/Research-Action-Report/Research-Action-Report-Fall/Winter-2012/
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Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

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FromThe Center for Research on Women at The University of Memphis

Author: Lynda M. Sagrestano, Puthbeth Finerman, Joy Clay, Teresa Diener, Naketa M. Edney, and Ace F. Madjlesi

Date Published: June 2012

 

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Adolescent pregnancy significantly impacts the educational attainment, economic security, and wellbeing of both teen parents and their children as well as teens’ ability to achieve their full potential. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared “Preventing Teen Pregnancy” one of six “winnable battles” because there is no cure yet to be found – we already know what works. 

Shelby County Teen Pregnancy and Parenting Needs Assessment

Adolescent pregnancy significantly impacts the educational attainment, economic security, and wellbeing of both teen parents and their children as well as teens’ ability to achieve their full potential. Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared “Preventing Teen Pregnancy” one of six “winnable battles” because there is no cure yet to be found – we already know what works. The CDC points to four key strategies: 1) increase public awareness, 2) support evidence-based sex education programs, 3) increase access to contraception, and 4) get parents involved. Despite this seemingly concrete advice, teen pregnancy remains a complex challenge for communities to prioritize and systematically address. Shelby County teen birth rates are significantly higher than rates for the state. For teens 15-17, the county birthrate is 36.7/1000 women aged 15-17, as compared to 24/1000 at the state level.

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http://www.memphis.edu/crow/pdfs/tppsneedsassessmentlong.pdf
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Policy in Action: New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program at Age Three

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FromCenter for Women and Work at Rutgers University

Authors: Karen White, Linda Houser, and Elizabeth Nisbet

Date Published: January 2013

 

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New Jersey took a strong step forward in May 2008, when Family Leave Insurance (FLI) was signed into law. The legislation provides eligible workers up to six weeks of partial wage replacement when they need to take time to bond with a new child or care for a seriously ill family member.

Policy in Action: New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program at Age Three

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http://www.njtimetocare.com/sites/default/files/FLI%20Report%201-31%20release%202-5-13%20posted.pdf
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LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety Series: Policy Brief 11: "Providing Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Will Address the Health Needs of LGBT Youth

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FromCenter for the Study of Women at University of California, Los Angeles

Author: Marisol Sanchez

Date Published: December 2012

 

Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.
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Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.

LGBT Youth At Risk: Education, Health and Safety Series: Policy Brief 11: "Providing Inclusive Sex Education in Schools Will Address the Health Needs of LGBT Youth

Implementation of programs that incorporate and address the health needs of lesbian, gay, and transgender (LGBT) youth will help reduce risky behaviors and negative health effects and create safer, more supportive, and more inclusive environments in the nation’s schools.

URL: 
http://www.csw.ucla.edu/publications/policy-briefs/policy-briefs/CSWPolicyBrief11.pdf

ReSearch: Our Bodies, Our Health

SeeReSearch: Our Bodies, Our Health

FromWomen's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University

Authors: Odgerel Dashzeveg, Linda Pololi, Paula Doress-Worters, Nick Danforth

Date Published: Spring 2012

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It’s been 40 years since the appearance of the pathbreaking book, Our Bodies, Ourselves. Here at the WSRC we are fortunate that one of our Scholars, Paula Doress-Worters, a founding member of the Our Bodies, Ourselves collective, can share its history so we can see how far we’ve come.

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