Female genital schistosomiasisis is a neglected—but not uncommon—disease. The painful parasitic condition affects up to 10 million women and girls in Africa.   It’s also a cofactor for HIV/AIDS—responsible for up to a 3-4-fold increase in horizontal HIV transmission,…

The term “self care” has myriad meanings in the modern vernacular. In a special series from The BMJ and BMJ Global Health, authors home in on where it aligns with and amplifies health care systems—through the lens of sexual and reproductive health rights.

While men are often sidelined during the pregnancy and childbirth process, in Pakistan they jumped at the opportunity to learn more. Super Abbu (super dad)—a program aimed to improve dads’ engagement in pregnancy and childbirth— received 40,000 phone inquiries, 96% of them…

Western men’s sperm counts have dropped 52% in the last 40 years and are continuing to fall 1.4% a year—yet fertility services chiefly target women. A burgeoning market of men looking to hack their sperm is poised to change that dialogue, offering a clutch of chic new…

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.  

When writer Wendy Muperi went undercover in Harare, Zimbabwe, she found a slew of underground options—from pills to herbal remedies—promising to end her fake pregnancy at a fraction of a doctor’s fee. Such services are the only abortion option for many women in Zimbabwe.…

This is a story about my best friend’s mother and my mother’s best friend. One died from cervical cancer. One survived. 

The “crusade against sex education” in Brazil’s far-right government is undermining progress in sexual and reproductive health, reports Fabiana Frayssinet.   President Jair Bolsonaro’s campaign was bolstered by the rise of conservative fundamentalism in Brazil. The country’…

Distributing menstrual supplies to girls in developing countries has been hailed as an important step in ending the cycle of poverty—credited with helping girls stay in school, marry later, have fewer children and lift their communities out of poverty. In her new book,…

Less restrictive abortion laws are linked to lower maternal mortality, and vice versa, according to University of Melbourne researchers. Their findings show that reforming restrictive abortion laws could lower maternal mortality and demonstrate a need for services shielding…