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  Ireland has passed the "Protection of Life During Pregnancy" bill into law - and thank (non-denominational) God(s), the "life" being protected here is actually the pregnant woman's. Ireland's zealously religious "pro-life" cultural climate pushed against this decision with protests and debates for months now. Even when Savita Halappanavar tragically died after being denied an abortion in Ireland last year, her widower Praveen had a straightforward ... Read More
[On June 30th], Ohio's budget was signed into law by Governor John Kasich. Ohio now has some of the strictest regulations on abortion access in the nation. Although Planned Parenthood will be losing over 1.4 million dollars in funding, the budget allows continued support for "Crisis Pregnancy Centers," which we've worked extensively to debunk and inform the public about. CPCs are dangerous and do not provide real, comprehensive support for women seeking out family ... Read More
With so many health insurance policies that don't cover maternity costs, the expenses that come with bringing home that little bundle of joy are growing at a rapid rate. Why is the price so high? Let's dive into some of the dirty deets of affordable and unaffordable healthcare systems. The average cost of prenatal care is $6,257 and a pregnancy in the United States is $37,341. Just let those numbers sink in and marinate for a bit. The American healthcare system ... Read More
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further! We're here to help you with honest feedback about our experiences with IUDs. Two BUSTies have IUDs and we have a Pharmacist Tech on staff to answer common questions about the IUD. (You can read Shelby's review of Mirena here.)   ParaGard Fast Facts: There are a few misconceptions ... Read More
Despite the stupid bra-burning feminist cliché, many of us are pretty grateful for some of the advantages of wearing a bra. They hide your nips from through-the-cloth display for all to see. If you’re big-breasted, they provide great support for all that weight. Even if you’ve got smaller boobs, it can still be uncomfortable to run without one. However, a French study has found that we might want to cut this piece out of our closets. The ... Read More
I never thought I’d have to say this, but … does President Obama need to borrow one of Mitt Romney’s binders full of women? Recent appointments for Obama’s second-term cabinet shows a staggering lack of diversity. A now infamous photograph showing the President with his senior advisors – a room full of white men, lounging around in their best business casual – could just as well be a photo of poker night at the Hamptons, as at ... Read More
America is not the only country to be tangling with issues of reproductive rights of late. This past week, the Philippines made huge strides in terms of their own struggles with women’s health. The Philippines’ Congress passed a new bill that will make low-cost contraceptives available to Filipino women on the village level.  This news is helping to establish President Benigno Aquino as a staunch supporter of democracy and social reform. Aquino, ... Read More
In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag ... Read More
  Alongside the topless portraits of young women under 40 years old who have survived breast cancer, the words “breast cancer is not a pink ribbon” speaks volumes. Fashion photographer David Jay shot the series of large-scale portraits, titled The Scar Project, to give an often-unseen look at the women who have battled early onset breast cancer, and who bear the scars to prove it.   The project gives a face to the thousands of women ... Read More
For years, men have had that little blue pill called Viagra that helps men improve their sex lives.  Well, fret no more, ladies, because a new drug is in the works to boost female sexual arousal.    Tefina is a testosterone gel that is undergoing clinical trials in Australia and Canada, according to i09.  But the sexiest part about this new drug - it's a nasal spray!  Yes, hot.  This drug is absorbed into the ... Read More
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