Monday Roundup: Could an HPV test replace the Pap smear for women over thirty?

Jul 23, 2018 | Kimberly Williams

 

Heatwaves: Making you as unproductive as any typical work day since the dawn of time! There may not be an end in sight to the soaring temperatures, so take shelter (any fridge will do) and cool down with our favorite stories from around the web this week.

 

It’s a showdown between breastfeeding and the baby formula industry. If “breast is best”, why are some countries hesitant to support and promote the concept?

 

Amanda Nguyen is a 26-year-old activist who is changing how the American criminal justice system handles sexual violence and the survivors of those crimes. She was just nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, this is what change looks like.

 

“Rather than collecting cells from the back of the cervix, as a Pap smear does, the HPV test only requires vaginal and cervical secretions, which can be collected with a simple vaginal swab, to detect possible abnormalities.”  As 99% of cervical cancer is caused by HPV, this new test might be the future for cancer screenings for some women.

 

Considering an intrauterine device but you can’t decide on copper or hormonal? Here are 13 things you should know about getting a copper device, because a better educated decision = better health.


Maintaining the pH balance of your vagina is vital for your health, as it keeps yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis at bay. How do you test for your vaginal pH? And, how do you restore the pH balance ?

 

“Both the F.D.A. and the company are responsible for a situation where women could not make informed decisions.” Bayer have stopped selling the troubled Essure birth control implant.


Not all morning people were born that way. Writer Caroline Donofrio writes about her process of becoming a morning person, which is a beacon of hope for the rest of us.

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