V word Weekly Links

This has been an exciting week over at The V Word!  Besides practicing our Pelosi clap, here’s what else we were up to:

*We released an important episode about PostPartum Depression talking everything from #warriorbirths to what to do if you don’t feel like how you’re “supposed” to feel with a new baby.  Let us know what you think!

* We’re starting a #vwordbooklist of amazing books with women’s health themes, including Dr. Willie Parker’s Life’s Work, Jodi Picoult’s A Spark of Light, and Rebecca Skloot’s Henrietta Lacks.

What else should we include?

*We’ve also started producing some videos on IG called #vaginafacts about some of the common procedures and questions you might encounter at the gynecologist including speculum exams, ultrasounds, colposcopy.  Send us more ideas of tests or procedures that are not totally clear.



The New Period Emoji (Slate) Apparently one of the next emojis is a drop of blood supposed to represent menstruation; some feel it’s not enough.  We want to know where the vagina emoji is? 🙂

South Carolina Lawmakers propose criminalizing Abortion (CBS) Oh no

A Letter from Patients who have received an Abortion (AbortionPatients.com)



What’s wrong with men (Hysteria Podcast)


The Science Journal Corner 

Updates from the latest scientific journals we are reading

*may need special access to academic journals to see these in full

There really were more IUDs placed immediately after 2016 election (JAMA) We observed a significant increase in LARC insertions among commercially insured women during the 30 business days after the 2016 presidential election, adjusting for secular and seasonal trends and patient characteristics. If our findings were projected to the approximately 33 million women in the United States aged 18 to 45 years in 2016 with employer-sponsored health insurance, this rate would correspond to approximately 700 additional insertions per day in association with the 2016 election, above the approximately 4716 insertions per day that would have been otherwise predicted.

Over half of women who request tubal ligations after deliveries do not get them (Contraception) Conclusions: Fewer than half of women obtained desired postpartum permanent contraception after vaginal delivery, with logistical issues and obesity being the most common reported barriers. Health care providers should advocate for access to postpartum permanent contraception, as well as discuss prenatally the individualized probability of nonfulfillment and importance of alternative contraceptive plans.