A new study out of the University of North Carolina finds that anorexic women are on average more likely than non-anorexic women to have unplanned pregnancies. Half of the anorexic women in the study reported unplanned pregnancies, while only 20 percent of the non-anorexic ones did. As a result, the anorexic women had a greater instance of abortion with just under one quarter opting for termination with only one sixth of non-anorexic women choosing to do so. Anorexic women also tend to be almost four years younger than non-anorexic women when they give birth to their first child. The study’s author believes that the reason for the high unplanned pregnancy rate is due to the fact that many anorexic women often have irregular periods or none at all, thus they believe they cannot get pregnant. This is not true, as these women do still ovulate (the news reports do not mention if anorexic women also have higher rates of miscarriage given their compromised health and nutrition, although I would not be surprised). However, the author …
Apparently men and women have a very different perception of satisfying sex, if a woman’s orgasm is any sort of indicator. According to a recent study out of Indiana University, 85% of men were confident that their last sexual partner had achieved the big O during intercourse with only (a statistically significant) 64% of women backing this up.
As The Washington Post reports, a new study indicates that mothers with better education typically have healthier kids. Half the reduction in child mortality over the past 40 years can be attributed to the better education of women, according to the analysis published in the journal Lancet.
For every one-year increase in the average education of reproductive-age women, a country experienced a 9.5 percent decrease in child deaths. And for a variety of reasons:
Members of the Oral Contraceptive Over-the-Counter Working Group, a women’s-health clinical and research institution funded by the Hewlitt Foundation and administered by Ibis Reproductive Health, believe that prescription-only access to birth control is patronizing to women, limits contraceptive freedom, and is ineffective against intractably high teen-pregnancy rates. Teenagers are particularly vulnerable to access problems because it is harder for them to get to a doctor without a parent’s help. Almost 20 percent of sexually active teens who do not want to become pregnant are not using contraceptives, according to the Guttmacher Institute. And teenage girls who do not use contraception during their first sexual experience are twice as likely to become teen mothers as their counterparts who use protection.
Speaking from personal experience, getting the pill on the sly is not exactly difficult (thank you, Planned Parenthood), but it does have the potential to lead to some pretty complex situations. Interestingly, evidence points to women who use over-the-counter birth control pills in countries where this is legal (Mexico is only one example) as grasping the whole picture of oral contraceptive usage better than women who received prescriptions from a medical provider.