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Vulvodynia Awareness -- Too Little, Too Late

The National Institutes of Health has recently launched a Vulvodynia awareness campaign aimed at advocacy groups, health care providers and research organizations. It's better late than never -- as is, women must see an average of 4-5 health-care providers before they receive an actual diagnosis due the ignorance of the condition in the medical field. A good majority of gynecologists, who specialize in women's health, often misdiagnose or shrug off the condition, as do the dermatologists, psychologists, and sex therapists patients are referred to out of desperation.

Newsflash of the Century! (Or, abortion rates don't go down even when the procedure is outlawed.)

In a recently released study examining abortion trends between 1995-2003, it has been found that all nations, rich and poor, have virtually equal abortion rates, and that half of those taking place worldwide are unsafe due illegal status or inadequate health-care. While the number of abortions did dip from 46 million to approximately 42 million in 1995 and 2003, respectively, there was absolutely no change in the rate of unsafe/illegal abortions.

Catholic hospitals to comply with Conn. law requiring offering EC to assault victims

Roman Catholic bishops in Connecticut have recently passed an ordinance allowing hospital staff to offer emergency contraception in its 4 of 30 state hospitals to assault victims, just days before a state law is to be passed requiring it. The church had been considering fighting the law on grounds of it being unconstitutional, but backed from that decision, citing that church teachings are not clear on the matter, and there is "little understanding of how Plan B works".

IUD's found to be safe for "poor candidates"

Today's IUDs are equipped with single-filament strings that have been rigorously tested to ensure they do not contribute to bacteria mobilization, and a recent study has found that while STI transmission rates were high in the study group -- due mostly to the high incidences of previous sexually transmitted genital infection --, the IUD caused no increased risk of pelvic inflammatory disease versus those who were not using the device. This implies the IUD is an excellent choice for people who desire very effective, reversible birth control but had previously been deemed too high-risk to have one inserted.