The Nepalese government updated its ban on menstrual huts last August, attaching new penalties to the practice. The custom of chaupadi is linked to Hindu beliefs that deem menstruation “spiritually polluting,” writes Danielle Preiss. Despite the ban, the custom persists in…

Scores of Indian families are imprisoned by medical debt after falling victim to hysterectomy scams, according to a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation. Unscrupulous doctors prey on women seeking solutions to minor ailments like abnormal bleeding or painful periods. …

In the US, pregnancy-related deaths are up to 3X more likely for African American, Native American and Alaska Native women, according to an alarming new CDC report. Most pregnancy-related deaths are caused by complications from severe bleeding.

For female migrant workers in the sugar belt of India’s western Maharashtra state, periods are treated as an inconvenient interruption to work. To get rid of them, scores of women cane cutters undergo hysterectomies. Husband-and-wife field teams are fined if they miss a day…

Uncorrected vision impairment takes an outsized toll on women in low- and middle-income countries. The hazards of traditional roles are part of the reason—such as hygiene risks of child care and open-flame cooking, which can lead to trachoma. 80% of cases of advanced…

9 years in the making, a drug trial offers a promising solution to the single biggest cause of maternal death: excessive bleeding. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers found that tranexamic acid—commonly used in surgery—prevented a third of postpartum…

By the time they get their first period, over 50% of Afghan girls have never heard the term zan marizi, “a woman’s illness.” Under shame and secrecy, many avoid bathing for fear of infertility and even more are ostracized due to stigma during menstruation. A new…

Reversing a controversial policy, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will offer an experimental Ebola vaccine to pregnant and lactating women, and infants under 1 year old. The WHO has endorsed the change. Supporters of the exclusion highlighted the lack of data about the…

The debilitating symptoms of perinatal depression are dangerous to mothers and babies alike. But the condition can be prevented, a national panel has reported for the first time.

Today in Cairo, some newborn baby girls will sport blue ribbon pins that look like the Arabic word “no”—showing that their parents are saying no to female genital mutilation, Thomson Reuters Foundation reports.