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Are men well served by family planning programs?

Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family plann...

Filling the Hole

We have started the process of adding another guinea pig to our family.  Before you say anything, it is early.  It is soon.  But I also know that I’m not the kind of person who can be without a pet.  In weighing out the mental health factors in taking time to mourn but being without […]

#MicroblogMondays 126: Shower Cries

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I miss Truman.  I am not shy about crying in front of the kids or Josh.  I am not shy about crying in public.  I cried in the grocery store buying parsley because it was […]

Truman

We had to put Truman to sleep.  And now the house is very quiet; so still that it feels like even I am not really here. On his last day, he watched me do yoga.  He wasn’t eating despite wheeking for food and nosing his bowl every few minutes, seeing if I gave him something […]

630th Friday Blog Roundup

I am sitting here, feeling a vague wave of nausea, waiting for everyone to wake up so we can face this day together.  We will not be watching the Inauguration.  We don’t normalize hate in this house, and unlike our local Girl Scouts, we don’t participate in events just for history’s sake.  We make mindful […]

Sexual and reproductive health services utilization by female sex workers is context-specific: results from a cross-sectional survey in India, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa

Female sex workers (FSWs) are extremely vulnerable to adverse sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes. To mitigate these risks, they require access to services covering not only HIV prevention but also c...

A mixed methods assessment of barriers to maternal, newborn and child health in gogrial west, south Sudan

Health conditions for mothers, newborns, and children in South Sudan are among the worst worldwide. South Sudan has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the world and despite alarming statistics, few wome...

False Memories

I had a dream the night before I was supposed to purchase a ticket to Australia.  I was floating on a log raft through Oceania.  The water looked like the ocean in pictures of Fiji — crystal clear and somewhat shallow.  I would have been waist deep if I climbed off the slow-moving raft. Some […]

Why 'platonic' flies don't copulate and what that could mean for humans

By studying the sexual behavior of a mutant strain of fruit fly called 'platonic,' researchers have found parallels between humans and flies in the neural control of copulation.

Mistreatment of women during childbirth in Abuja, Nigeria: a qualitative study on perceptions and experiences of women and healthcare providers

Global efforts have increased facility-based childbirth, but substantial barriers remain in some settings. In Nigeria, women report that poor provider attitudes influence their use of maternal health services....

Social and traditional practices and their implications for family planning: a participatory ethnographic study in Renk, South Sudan

Understanding what determines family size is crucial for programmes that aim to provide family planning services during and after conflicts. Recent research found that development agents in post conflict setti...

Meet us on the phone: mobile phone programs for adolescent sexual and reproductive health in low-to-middle income countries

mHealth as a technical area has seen increasing interest and promise from both developed and developing countries. While published research from higher income countries on mHealth solutions for adolescent sexu...

Sherlocked (Spoiler-free)

I’ve heard both that the Sherlock episode that aired on Sunday was the last episode ever and that everyone would be open to continuing the series.  I watched it, waiting the entire time for the ending so I could judge whether things felt neatly wrapped up.  I decided that if things were neatly wrapped up, […]

#MicroblogMondays 125: King

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (usually called MLK Day) in America.  It feels particularly poignant this year because we’re moving between two very different types of leaders.  Obama guided by pointing out the […]

Feasibility of an altruistic sperm donation program in Canada: results from a population-based model

Stringent donor-screening criteria and legislation prohibiting payment for donor gametes have contributed to the radical decline of donor insemination (DI) using sperm provided by Canadian men. Thus, many indi...

Utilization of mobile phones for accessing menstrual regulation services among low-income women in Bangladesh: a qualitative analysis

As many as one-third of all pregnancies in Bangladesh are unplanned, with nearly one-half of these pregnancies ending in either menstrual regulation (MR) or illegal clandestine abortion. Although MR is provide...

SuperBetter: What Are Your Power-ups?

Bleak.  That is the word that pops into my head when I listen to the news or read the paper or peruse Facebook.  Every new development about the incoming administration makes me want to step away from everything and everyone; huddle on the floor with Truman, count down the 1,460 days until the next term.  […]

Maternal health care service seeking behaviors and associated factors among women in rural Haramaya District, Eastern Ethiopia: a triangulated community-based cross-sectional study

Regular utilization of maternal health care services reduces maternal morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the maternal health care seeking behavior and associated factors of reproductive age women in...

Comparative study in infertile couples with and without Chlamydia trachomatis genital infection

Chlamydia, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis(C. trachomatis), is the most common sexually transmitted disease. The incidence is not clear due to the asymptomatic nature of...

A qualitative study of women’s and health providers’ attitudes and acceptability of mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities in Guinea

Reducing maternal morbidity and mortality remains a key health challenge in Guinea. Anecdotal evidence suggests that women in Guinea are subjected to mistreatment during childbirth in health facilities, but li...

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