Sexual and reproductive health - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Sexual and reproductive health Woman calls cops worried semen in thermos might explode NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman trying to get pregnant via artificial insemination called police because she feared the thermos she was using to store sperm and dry ice might explode. Felicia Nevins sought the Pasco County Sheriff's Office help after she forgot to remove a rubber O-ring from the container. The next thing Ne... Sun, 21 May 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-05-21T15:21:00Z Vaccine may cut HPV infections, an oral cancer risk, in men The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat cancers, a new study finds. These cancers are rising fast, especially in men, and research suggests that HPV, the human papillomavirus, is spreading through oral sex. The actor Michael Douglas brought attention to this risk sev... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:33:00Z Vaccine May Cut HPV Oral Infections in Men The HPV vaccine that helps prevent cervical cancer in women also might lower the risk in young men of oral infections that can cause mouth and throat... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:03:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:03:00Z Descendants of Syphilis Study Still Fight Stigma Decades later, it’s still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men in rural Alabama _ commonly known today as the “Tuskegee... Wed, 10 May 2017 05:27:00 GMT 2017-05-10T05:27:00Z Ask Brianna: How do we budget with a surprise pregnancy? "Ask Brianna" is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I'm here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to . Finding out you're unexpectedly expecting a baby means... Tue, 09 May 2017 15:17:00 GMT 2017-05-09T15:17:00Z AP FACT CHECK: Are pregnancy, rape pre-existing conditions? Pregnancy, sexual assault and domestic violence could be considered "pre-existing conditions" that make it hard to keep insurance coverage under the Republican health care bill, according to a number of news articles and social media posts. The bill doesn't specifically refer to any of these things, and headlines suggesting that it does are misleading. Bu... Fri, 05 May 2017 20:08:00 GMT 2017-05-05T20:08:00Z Oops! Serena Williams made pregnancy public by accident VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Serena Williams says she was taking a personal photo of her progressing pregnancy on Snapchat when she accidentally pressed the wrong button and made the post public. The photo of the tennis superstar in a one piece bathing suit was captioned "20 weeks." Despite the lack of information, it immediately made headlines arou... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:52:00 GMT 2017-04-26T11:52:00Z Hawaii bill giving equal access to fertility treatment dies HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill that sought equal access to fertility treatments for gay and lesbian couples and single women. The decision came after health care lobbyists argued it was a bad idea to make insurers cover a fertility procedure for surrogate mothers that gay male couples rely on to have a child. State Sen. ... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:01:00 GMT 2017-04-22T06:01:00Z Health care lobby pushes back on Hawaii LGBT fertility bill HONOLULU (AP) — Health care lobbyists in Hawaii are pushing lawmakers to kill part of a bill that would expand access to fertility treatments to same-sex couples who want to have a child. They're saying requiring insurers to cover fertility treatments for gestational carriers that male couples rely on could lead to legal problems. Under... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:43:00 GMT 2017-04-20T23:43:00Z AP FACT CHECK: CDC backs breast-feeding, despite false story CHICAGO (AP) — A widely shared story that U.S. health officials are recommending a delay in breast-feeding to improve vaccine effectiveness is false. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency named in the false reports, encourages breast-feeding . The CDC says breast milk is best for all infants except in rare cases such as when a mother has active, unt... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 22:37:00 GMT 2017-04-10T22:37:00Z Study: Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human papillomavirus, according to a report released Thursday that's the most complete look at how common HPV is among adults. ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:34:00 GMT 2017-04-06T22:34:00Z Syphilis far more common in gay men in US South NEW YORK (AP) — A new U.S. report shows the spread of syphilis is far worse in gay men in Southern states. North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest rates. In North Carolina, as many as 1 in 134 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed with the most contagious forms of syphilis in 2015. The South has long had higher rates of... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:31:00 GMT 2017-04-06T20:31:00Z Agreement bars ad firm from targeting women entering clinics BOSTON (AP) — A settlement with a digital advertising company bars the firm from using a technology called geofencing to direct anti-abortion messages toward women entering reproductive health facilities in Massachusetts, the state attorney general said Tuesday. The agreement was reached after Attorney General Maura Healey investigated whether Copley Adve... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-04-04T21:12:00Z US enrolls volunteers in large test of possible Zika vaccine WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women. The first volunteer was vaccinated Wednesday at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as the National Institutes of... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-03-31T18:59:00Z States push to protect birth control despite failed GOP bill CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Even with the Republican failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law, Democratic lawmakers in some states are pressing ahead with efforts to protect birth control access, Planned Parenthood funding and abortion coverage in case they are jeopardized in the future. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives withdrew a bil... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:46:00 GMT 2017-03-28T20:46:00Z Autopsy: Infant born to faith healer died from prematurity PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's chief medical examiner said Tuesday that an infant born to members of a church that practices faith healing died from complications of prematurity as authorities conducted a criminal investigation into the child's death. The baby, Gennifer, was probably "a couple of months" premature and her lungs were too underdeveloped to ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:03:00 GMT 2017-03-14T23:03:00Z CDC: Don't donate sperm in 3 Florida counties due to Zika NEW YORK (AP) — Men from three Florida counties shouldn't donate sperm because of a small risk of spreading Zika, U.S. health officials said Monday. The guidance had previously applied to Miami-Dade County, the only place in Florida where there's evidence the virus was spread by mosquitoes. But infections were reported in people in South Florida who couldn't clearly be linke... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:06:00 GMT 2017-03-14T01:06:00Z Some real-world twin tips for Amal Clooney, Beyonce NEW YORK (AP) — For a change, a few celebrities are chasing a trend rather than setting one — times two and three. We're talking about the mini boom in Hollywood of expected twins, with the recent arrival of triplets for Pharrell Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, thrown in as a happy bonus. Beyonce and Jay Z, along with George and... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:26:00 GMT 2017-03-06T17:26:00Z Infant who survived in 1920s sideshow incubator dies at 96 MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Lucille Conlin Horn weighed barely 2 pounds when she was born, a perilous size for any infant, especially in 1920. Doctors told her parents to hold off on a funeral for her twin sister who had died at birth, expecting she too would soon be gone. But her life spanned nearly a century after her parents put their faith in a sideshow doct... Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:47:00 GMT 2017-02-24T19:47:00Z Study: Most Texas school districts have scant sex education AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than four-fifths of school districts offer no sex education or only teach abstinence in Texas, which has one of the country's highest teen birth rates, according to a study released Tuesday. The study commissioned by Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning education watchdog group, found that 25 percent of roughly 1,000 school dist... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-02-14T18:30:00Z Baby bomber: Derek Jeter's wife, Hannah, announces pregnancy NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter's wife, Hannah, says they are expecting their first child together, a girl. The Sports Illustrated swimsuit star made the announcement Monday in an essay on her husband's Player's Tribune website. The announcement includes a photo of the 42-year-old Yankees legend holding a bouquet of pink balloons. She says ... Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:58:00 GMT 2017-02-13T15:58:00Z Essence honors Erykah Badu for 20 years of 'Baduizm' LOS ANGELES (AP) — In the 20 years since her groundbreaking debut "Baduizm," Erykah Badu has only gotten more creative. Besides continuing to make music, she's been a TV host and producer, performed with her daughter in the Lone Star Circus and delivered dozens of babies as a certified doula. She even changed her Twitter handle to ErykahBadoula . Essence ... Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:26:00 GMT 2017-02-08T20:26:00Z Repeal of health law could mean women pay more for less WASHINGTON (AP) — From a return to higher premiums based on gender, to gaps in coverage for birth control and breast pumps, experts say women could end up paying more for less if the Obama-era health care law is repealed. The 2010 law ended a common industry practice of charging women more than men for policies purchased directly from an insurer. It made ... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 19:24:00 GMT 2017-02-02T19:24:00Z AP: Gorsuch case review shows he's no crusader on abortion NEW YORK (AP) — As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised a crusading anti-abortion Supreme Court nominee who would work to overturn the Roe v. Wade opinion that legalized abortion. But an Associated Press review of decisions and writings by Neil Gorsuch, the federal appeals court judge the president has just chosen to elevate to the high court, turns up no guarante... Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:37:00 GMT 2017-02-02T14:37:00Z Cincinnati Zoo names prematurely born hippo _ Fiona CINCINNATI (AP) — A baby hippo born prematurely at the Cincinnati Zoo has a name — it's Fiona (fee-OH'-nuh). The zoo's mammal curator Christina Gorsuch says members of the team giving the week-old female calf 24-hour care thought the name that means "fair" was a perfect fit for the "fair little girl." The zoo says 17-year-old Bibi gave ... Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:10:00 GMT 2017-01-31T17:10:00Z Cincinnati Zoo says premature hippo begins to support weight CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo says a prematurely born baby hippo is making progress toward standing on her own. The zoo says the calf born early Tuesday is starting to support her weight for a few seconds at a time. Zoo spokeswoman Michelle Curley said Saturday the hippo has gained almost 4 pounds since birth but is still about 2... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 18:59:00 GMT 2017-01-28T18:59:00Z Trump expands anti-abortion ban to all US global health aid UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump has massively expanded the ban on providing federal money to international family planning groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information to all organizations receiving U.S. global health assistance. Trump's spokesman Sean Spicer announced Monday that the ban on family planning funding — which wa... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:28:00 GMT 2017-01-25T00:28:00Z Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel Obama health law WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump can do plenty on his own to unravel the Obama health care law, but some of those actions would create disruptions that undermine his administration's early promises. Other less sweeping steps could open the way for big changes, but might not get as much notice. Suspending enforcement of tax penalties on people who ... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-01-23T22:16:00Z 1 in 4 US men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections CHICAGO (AP) — The first national estimate suggests that nearly half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by a sexually transmitted virus and that 1 in 4 has strains linked with several cancers. Most human papillomavirus infections cause no symptoms and most disappear without treatment. And most adults will get an HPV infection at some point in thei... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-01-19T20:30:00Z How to improve your sex life without breaking the bank TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — For many older couples, fun in the bedroom requires help from prescription drugs, but prices of popular brand-name sexual dysfunction drugs have tripled since 2010 and insurance coverage is spotty. Doctors who specialize in treating impotence and women's sexual problems say some patients say they're forgoing sex because medicines are ... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:31:00 GMT 2017-01-18T23:31:00Z