July 26, 2019: This Week in Women’s Health
Women are powerful—so powerful that sometimes it is hard to keep up with what they are doing, what their bodies are doing, and what they are doing for each other. To stay updated on all things happening in women’s health, Blood + Milk rounded up of all things happening this week.
- On Wednesday, July 17, New Hampshire passed a bill requiring public middle and high schools to supply period supplies in their female and gender-neutral restrooms. The bill stated that these products must be free of cost to all students.
- The U.S. women’s soccer team spoke on the importance of tracking your period to increase performance. The article with INSIDER states that periods, just like heart rate and sleep, should be tracked in athletes in order to optimize training.
- Youtuber, Liza Koshy spoke to the WSJ about using meditation to fall asleep. She follows up by stating, “apparently it makes you smarter.” If it is working this well for her, maybe we should try it too.
- On Wednesday, July 24, Goop launched their newest podcast, The Beauty Closet. The podcast, hosted by Jean Godfrey-June and Megan O’Neill, aims to answer women’s questions regarding beauty, skincare, dermatology, and more.
Sex + Intimacy:
- This month’s Sunday book clubs are all huddling around Lisa Taddeo’s newest book, Three Women. The book follows three women’s 10-year journey discovering how their sex lives impact their social, physical, and mental health.
Birth Control + Abortion:
- California startups are now selling and shipping affordable birth control to women in Kentucky. The birth control is being delivered to the homes of thousands this month in Kentucky as Nurx, HeyDoctor, Lemonaid, and The Pill Club work to distribute affordable birth control to women in ‘contraceptive desserts.’ Nurx is also working to distribute at home STI and STD tests and kits.
- With Americans’ increasing acceptance of marijuana, the safety of cannabis use for pregnant women has been a growing question. Many expecting mothers are using the substance during early pregnancy to ease nausea in the first trimester. While the safety of cannabis during pregnancy is unclear, there is a growing number of women using it. As of now, the uncertainty of the outcomes for the fetus is leading doctors to not recommend usage.
- Last week, Alexa Chung posted about endometriosis for the first time on her Instagram saying, “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as a member, but here I am.” Chung’s hospital photo was followed by over a thousand comments offering support and compassion.
- Lattice, a Silicon Valley startup, now offers a five day paid pregnancy loss leave for both men and women—the same amount of time and money they allow for bereavement. CEO, Jack Altman, implemented the policy days after he and his wife, Heather Altman, experienced a miscarriage.
- According to Forbes, menopause is the newest opportunity to take over to Femtech industry. They state that “by 2025, there will be over 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world, which will be 12% of the entire world population of 8 billion.” With these numbers, increasing amounts of women will be seeking new technologies to assist with their menopause. The leaders in the movement are Genneve, Rory, and Lisa Health.
- After surging suicide rates in young people and girls specifically, Oregon will now offer mental health days as a reason for an excused absence in schools. The bill was codified by Gov. Kate Brown and will be followed during the upcoming 2019 – 2020 school year.