Need to Know: Increase in COVID+ Pregnant Women in ICUs; New Vaginal Health Startups; A Powerful Account of Vaginismus

Vaginal testing kit; image courtesy of Stix via

In Nyssa's weekly 'Need to Know' series, we recap the three most important stories related to reproductive health, sex education, and bodily autonomy.

In Covid ICUs, doctors see a surge in critically ill pregnant women, NBC News

Across the South, there is anecdotal evidence to show hospital ICUs are seeing more critically ill pregnant women than at any other time during the pandemic. This signifies the Delta strain poses a larger threat to pregnant people and their babies. According to NBC, only 23% of pregnant women are fully vaccinated. Read the full article here.

Vaginal health is finally at the forefront: these are the new startups destigmatizing UTIs and yeast infections, Vogue

Vogue put together a list of the top start-ups focused on destigmatizing UTIs and yeast infections. Companies like Stix and Evvy have created at-home tests to measure bacteria and pH levels to indicate bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections, and/or UTIs. Others like Wisp offer online doctor consultations and prescriptions while Cheeky Bonsai sells natural over-the-counter treatments for different vaginal conditions. Read the full article here. 

I used to blame my own body for painful sex. It took years to overcome stigma and get a diagnosis., The Lily

In a powerful and personal testimonial, Kami Rieck shares her story of overcoming vaginismus. She credits sexual trauma and her religious upbringing as the causes of the painful condition. Through trust in her body and guidance from her medical team, she slowly explores the tools and emotions to support healing. Read the full article here.

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Missed a "Need To Know" post? catch up on recent essential news roundups related to reproductive health, sex education, and bodily autonomy: 

"Need To Know" 8/20/2021: Afghan Women; US Sex Ed: US Mothers & Work   "Need To Know" 08/12/2021: Postpartum Care; Sleep Debt & New Mothers; Covid-19 Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant People

and put your own vaginal health at the forefront: VieVision Between Legs Mirror   Viva La Vulva (Nyssa Knowledge Series)