The Challenge Initiative at the Bloomberg School of Public Health Receives Two Grants to Support Family Planning for Women and Girls in Poor Urban Areas

The Challenge Initiative (TCI), a global initiative based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that supports the reproductive health needs of women and girls living in poor urban communities in Africa and Asia, has received grants totaling $18.1 million from Bayer AG and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Texas Abortion Patients’ Attempts to End Their Pregnancy on Their Own is Higher than the National Rate, New Study Finds

Seven percent of Texas abortion patients in the study reported trying to self-manage abortion before coming to a clinic for services.
Women cited cost and long distance to clinics as reasons for choosing to self-manage abortion.

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Fertilization discovery reveals new role for the egg, could lead to new male contraceptive

An unexpected discovery about fertilization reveals new insights on how sperm and egg fuse and could have major implications for couples battling infertility – and may lead to a future male contraceptive.

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Secret-Shopper-Style Study Shows Online Birth Control Prescription Overall Safe, Efficient

Secret-shopper-style study of nine Web-based and digital-app vendors of contraception scripts shows their services are overall safe and efficient
Analysis also reveals reliable screening by vendors for contraindicated health conditions and medications in line with CDC prescription guidelines
Such services may help reduce barriers to contraception and expand access for underserved populations
Further improvements needed, particularly in counseling about alternative birth control methods and ensuring patient ability to adhere to prescribed medication

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Teens feel pressured to get pregnant

Female adolescents are experiencing relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new Michigan State University study that specifically researched reproductive coercion – a form of abuse in which a woman is pressured to become pregnant against her wishes. Heather McCauley, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, and co-researchers found nearly one in eight females between ages 14 and 19 experienced reproductive coercion within the last three months.

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