100 Years After Little Brooklyn Clinic Opened Its Doors, Contraception Still In Spotlight
During the week marking 100 years of Planned Parenthood, The Washington Post looks at some statistics about Americans' contraception use.
The Washington Post:
On Planned Parenthood’s 100th Birthday, Four Surprising Ways Birth Control Has Changed
One hundred years ago last Sunday, nurse Margaret Sanger opened the nation's first birth control clinic on Amboy Street in Brooklyn. For a 10-cent fee, visitors were given a pamphlet — “What Every Girl Should Know" — and a tutorial on the female reproductive system and how to use various contraceptives, according to a New York University project about Sanger’s legacy. That clinic eventually evolved into Planned Parenthood, a nonprofit organization that is credited with making reproductive health a priority for all and that treats millions of people in its clinics each year. (Cha, 10/18)
In other women's health news —
Dallas Morning News:
Do Mammograms Cause More Problems Than They Detect?
A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that breast cancer screening using mammograms leads to unnecessary overtreatment of non-harmful breast lumps. Researchers found that for every woman who may have had her life saved by a mammogram, four women were found to have tumors that may never have become serious. What’s the big deal, you may be thinking? Well for those four women, a false positive mammogram result can lead to a long road of biopsies, tests and unnecessary medical interventions. These tests come with their own risks including bleeding, infection and anxiety. (Yasmin, 10/18)