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Scientists Are Working On An IUD You Can Insert Yourself

Teen Vogue | Posted 06.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Teen Vogue

Self-placed IUDs would mean women who don't have access to a doctor who can insert an IUD could take their future into their own hands. While this self-inserted IUD isn't available yet, it's still a promising look at the future of birth control.

The Birds and The Bees and Cheetahs

Dr. Laurie Marker | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Dr. Laurie Marker

Maybe yet another reason we zoologists study the birds and the bees in the animal kingdom is to learn something that informs our human experience. Observing the mating game of the female cheetah, my dating policy about buying my own drinks has been validated.

Bringing Northern White Rhinos Back From Brink of Extinction

Chris Morrow | Posted 02.05.2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Chris Morrow

Six female southern white rhinoceros at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's new Rhino Rescue Center are undergoing reproductive exams this week, in the first steps of a worldwide, collaborative master plan to save the critically endangered northern white rhinoceros from the brink of extinction.

Why "Abstinence" Was an Easy Sell

Betsy Cairo | Posted 12.11.2015 | Education
Betsy Cairo

It is so easy to talk about abstinence. Lots of people could get behind it. Teachers really didn't need to know anything about reproductive health. They just had to know how to teach kids to say "no" to sex. One of the easiest ways to do this was through shame.

Undocumented Fertility Users

Fred Silberberg | Posted 11.12.2015 | Divorce
Fred Silberberg

Any unmarried person contemplating the use of these procedures with another unmarried person must consult a lawyer prior to commencing fertility procedures if they want to protect their rights to, and the rights of, their future children to a parent-child relationship.

Infertility Issues: What Men Need to Know

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 08.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

The wish to establish a family is a primal desire; however for 10-15 percent of couples in the United States this may not be possible.

Aquatic Worm Species Can Inject Its Own Head With Sperm To Reproduce

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 07.02.2015 | Science

Even among creatures with atypical reproductive strategies, this worm is pretty weird. Macrostomum hystrix, a transparent, aquatic flatworm, has a...

Top 6 Sex Ed Lessons from 'The Bachelorette'

Em & Lo | Posted 06.02.2016 | Women
Em & Lo

As sex writers, what horrified us the most last night was the group date in which the guys tried -- and spectacularly failed -- to teach a sex ed class to adolescents. Their embarrassment about the topic, their ignorance of basic anatomical and reproductive knowledge, their narrow-minded views of what constitutes sex -- these were all glaring examples of how far we have to go in terms of educating not only kids, but adults about sexuality.

In Search of Answers for Those Struggling With Infertility

Alan E. Guttmacher | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Alan E. Guttmacher

The good news is that couples struggling with infertility now have more options than ever before. While we have much left to do, research is steadily leading to a greater understanding of infertility's causes and risk factors, better technologies, and more personalized treatments.

Genome Editing: Time to Ask the Tough Questions

Silvia Camporesi | Posted 06.13.2015 | Science
Silvia Camporesi

"What are the moral implications of genome editing?" is the question that has been posed by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics regarding the new CRISPR-Cas9 mediated germ-line genome editing technique, which allows targeted modification of DNA sequences at the level of the germ-line, i.e. gametes (eggs and sperm).

5 Urgent Ways to Make Black Health Matter

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.13.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Fighting for black health progress is not mutually exclusive from the overall fight for making black lives matter. In fact, it might just be as pivotal to the overall movement as systematic equal opportunity and justice.

19 Eggs and Counting: My First IVF Treatment

Sarah Toce | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Sarah Toce

When you consider the science of it all, the art of in-vitro fertilization is quite remarkable. Seriously, nothing about it is a meek undertaking. There are so many variables involved and any one fluctuation can change the whole game in a heartbeat.

Scientists Spy on Sex Lives of Octopuses

Katherine Harmon Courage | Posted 01.19.2015 | Science
Katherine Harmon Courage

Finding a human mate is difficult enough. We at least, however, have bars and online dating sites. For the octopus, things can be a little more challenging.

8 Ways to Overcome Anxiety About a Gynecologist Visit

Em & Lo | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Em & Lo

We all have to do things we don't like: take our vitamins, shovel snow when it's blocking the front door, pay our taxes, leave the womb. But we do it; we just get it over with as quickly and with as little fanfare as possible -- and it ultimately makes our lives easier and better.

'It's Complicated': How I Learned to Fend off That Question

Amy Lossie | Posted 06.18.2014 | Women
Amy Lossie

I will always remember the first time I shored up the courage to give the nosey person a steely look and replied, "It's complicated."

Are Men Useless? New Study Shows Dwindling Need For Y Chromosome

Posted 11.22.2013 | Science

A new study has promising results for those battling male infertility. Researchers at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii h...

Forget About Controlling Your Thighs, and Other Wisdom from Debora Spar's Wonder Women

Linda Flanagan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Linda Flanagan

For any woman who has grappled with competing identities over the years, Spar's book is a refreshing acknowledgement of the impossible expectations women carry around with them, starting in adolescence and extending into old age.

Religiosity More About Reproduction Than Cooperation

Rob Brooks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do religious beliefs vary so broadly? I'm not talking here about the near-cosmic diversity in the content of religious belief. Rather, I'd like to consider why some individuals seem fervently devout while others seem devoid of any superstition.

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Your Reproductive System?

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 07.03.2013 | Women

Ah, the glorious reproductive system. It's such an important part of women's lives, and yet so many of us know so little about it. It's not our fa...

We Need an Enlightened Version of Fatherhood for the New Age

Donna Henes | Posted 08.12.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Donna Henes

The hand that rocks the cradle, has, from antiquity, ruled the world. Motherhood has been the only recognized blood kinship for the majority of people...

Dare to Be 100: Why Do Women Outlive Men?

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 07.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Paradoxically, despite the fact that fewer males live into old age, the ones who do seem healthier and more robust than the ladies. Why?

Homosexuals Don't Reproduce: False!

Gilles Herrada, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Gilles Herrada, Ph.D.

What basic fact about homosexuality do you, your parents, your local evangelical priest, and your science teacher most likely agree about? Try this one: Homosexuals don't reproduce. This verity is beyond obvious: Try as they may, two men or two women together cannot have babies.

Friday Freak Out: BPA May Create An Even Bigger Hormonal Mess

Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.27.2013 | Green
Lynne Peeples

Welcome again to my blog, Toxic Tracks. Please send along any feedback or ideas for environmental health topics via email or Twitter. Among its devas...

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.

Is Human Longevity Due to Grandmothers or Older Fathers?

Rob Brooks | Posted 12.31.2012 | Science
Rob Brooks

Why do humans tend to live such a long time? Our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, can last into their mid-forties in the wild. Yet somewhere in the last six million years, human lifespans have lengthened dramatically, so that living into our seventies is no big surprise.