Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality

Reproductive health problems remain a leading cause of illness and death for women, particularly in developing countries. A leading cause of maternal death is lack of access to health services and prenatal care. Health begins with accurate and comprehensive sex education during adolescence – education that needs to continue throughout adulthood. Researchers in our network are currently working to disseminate evidence-based information and increase access to the full range of reproductive health services so that women can lead healthy and productive lives. Studies have demonstrated the advantages of comprehensive sex education compared with abstinence-only or other programs in preventing teen pregnancy, raising the age of initial sexual activity and lowering rates of sexually transmitted disease. More effort is needed to address the health needs of marginalized populations, particularly immigrant women, who are less likely to seek pre-natal and preventive screenings and care.

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  • June 18, 2010

    CNN: This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new emergency contraceptive called ella for use up to five days after sex. Currently, there are no emergency contraceptives available that are effective more than three days after sex...


  • June 15, 2010

    Washington Post: African women are among the first to begin testing a new vaginal ring impregnated with an antiretroviral drug.  The drug is released into the vagina over the course of a month, and it is hoped will kill the HIV virus on contact....


  • June 11, 2010

    New York Times: Florida governor Chalie Crist vetoed an abortion bill that "would have required most women to pay for an ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy."    Requiring or encouraging doctors to perform ultrasounds and...


  • June 10, 2010

    Reuters: New studies have shown that obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD can arise during or after pregnancy, and in some cases worsening symptoms for women who already suffer from the disorder. Researchers believe that in certain cases, the...


  • June 10, 2010

    UNICEF: Women frequently die during childbirth in Sierra Leone, where the health infratructure is non-existent and poor families must travel long distances for care and often cannot afford it.  UNICEF, the World Bank, UK Aid and the EU are...