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Factors associated with contraceptive use in Tigray, North Ethiopia

Family planning interventions are cost-effective and have several cross-cutting benefits. Despite these benefits of family planning, progress in ensuring universal access to family planning to women in develop...

My Own Best Friend

I am still enjoying American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld.  I don’t have any brilliant insights into how one goes about keeping someone close who holds divergent views from your own, but there have been a few moments where I’ve grabbed my notebook and jotted down something because it resonated with me. One of these moments […]

A Masculine-Sounding Woman

I want to loop back to something that happened about a week ago.  The twins and I did Note to Self’s Privacy Paradox together.  It was pretty good.  I wish they had spent more time covering the pros and cons of some of the suggestions — it’s fine to point out an add-on, but the […]

#MicroblogMondays 130: A Different Kind of Book Club

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. I love the idea of a book club, but I hate the actuality of a book club because every one I have ever been in goes the same way.  I read a book that I […]

Becoming Kiera Knightley

Something interesting happened on Facebook last week.  I posted about a man who does odd jobs around the house and how my inclination is to bend over backwards to get him to like me even though he gives me very clear signals that he either doesn’t like me or simply has a gruffness that comes […]

634th Friday Blog Roundup

I got really excited and then really unexcited in a cycle lasting about five minutes when I heard about Peanut, the new app that is called Tinder for Friends.  You want new friendships?  Swipe right (or left?  I’m sorry, I’ve never seen Tinder so I don’t know which direction you DO want to go.  So […]

Moving from legality to reality: how medical abortion methods were introduced with implementation science in Zambia

Although abortion is technically legal in Zambia, the reality is far more complicated. This study describes the process and results of galvanizing access to medical abortion where abortion has been legal for m...

Meal Returned

My cousin and I love meeting at a vegan restaurant between our two houses because we can have anything on the menu.  They change the menu every few months, so I jump on and check the menu before we head to the restaurant.  I’m that bad with surprises: I don’t even like my restaurant menus […]

Be My Valentine

We do not celebrate Valentine’s Day, but it’s not like we hate love.  It’s sort of like Arbor Day — we don’t celebrate Arbor Day, either, but it’s not like we hate trees.  (Arbor Day is for celebrating trees, right?)  We don’t do anything to mark the day, though I can’t really tell you why.  […]

#MicroblogMondays 129: Pranks

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. The ChickieNob insisted that you can send a blank text.  “Watch,” she said, opening up her messaging app and making a single blank space using the space bar.  She hit send. A moment later, Josh […]

The Unspoken Secret of Online Dating

I’ve been trying out new podcasts, and I downloaded a December episode of Gimlet’s Undone because it sounded interesting.  It was the story of online dating, beginning with Operation Match in the 60s. The episode opens in the here and now with a woman talking about her frustration with online dating: [Man’s voice: We live […]

Mothers’ views about sexual health education for their adolescent daughters: a qualitative study

Given that mothers play a role in the sexual education of their daughters, it is important to understand their views of sexual health and related programs. This study was aimed at exploring mothers’ perspectiv...

Virility, pleasure and female genital mutilation/cutting. A qualitative study of perceptions and experiences of medicalized defibulation among Somali and Sudanese migrants in Norway

The most pervasive form of female genital mutilation/cutting—infibulation—involves the almost complete closure of the vaginal orifice by cutting and closing the labia to create a skin seal. A small opening rem...

633rd Friday Blog Roundup

Linus has been in our family for about two weeks now.  He has settled in nicely, and isn’t shy about his likes (kale, shredded carrots, romaine lettuce) and dislikes (carrot chunks, sugar snap peas, apple).  He is mad for barley cookies, enjoys rolling around in his hay bowl (eating is a full body experience), and […]

Reasons for unmet need for family planning, with attention to the measurement of fertility preferences: protocol for a multi-site cohort study

Unmet need for family planning points to the gap between women’s reproductive desire to avoid pregnancy and contraceptive behaviour. An estimated 222 million women in low- and middle-income countries have unme...

Newsletters and Reunions

A newsletter used to come from my graduate school department twice a year.  The front of the newsletter was information about the program — visiting writers, major accomplishments of faculty — but anyone could add an update about their life to the back page of the letter.  Most of them were announcements about novels or […]

Management of painful clitoral neuroma after female genital mutilation/cutting

Traumatic neuromas are the result of regenerative disorganized proliferation of the proximal portion of lesioned nerves. They can exist in any anatomical site and are responsible for neuropathic pain. Post-tra...

Perspectives of urban Ghanaian women on vasectomy

Advocacy for male involvement in family planning has been championed over the years after the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). There are a few contraceptive methods for men,...

SuperBetter: Bad Guys

When we last left off, we were identifying power-ups; little things that make you happy pretty much 100% of the time.  I was lamenting that Jane McGonigal’s power-ups in SuperBetter were wholesome — a handful of almonds or petting her dog — and mine felt less healthy — watch a few minutes of a Dungeons […]

#MicroblogMondays 128: Combinations

Not sure what #MicroblogMondays is? Read the inaugural post which explains the idea and how you can participate too. Justine told me about a game her child was playing called Little Alchemy.  You start off with four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), and you combine them to create 560 other items — from […]

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