In Nyssa's weekly 'Need to Know' series, we recap the three most important stories related to reproductive health, sex education, and bodily autonomy.
New Paid Leave Bill for Families Suffering Pregnancy Loss
On Tuesday, Senator Tammy Duckworth and Representative Ayanna Pressley introduced legislation that would require employers to give employees at least three days of paid time off after pregnancy loss. “Our bill sends a message to families that they are not alone, and would support those experiencing the loss of a pregnancy by providing them with the resources, workforce supports, and care necessary to recover and heal," said Rep. Pressley. New Zealand passed a similar law in March and received global praise for the needed legislation. The Support Through Loss act is critical because 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage.
The "Stephanie Tubbs Jones Uterine Fibroid Research and Education Act of 2021"introduced by Representative Yvette Clarke would appropriate $30 million to the National Institute of Health and establish research funding for the treatment of fibroids. To mark the end of Fibroid Awareness Month, The Black Women's Health Imperative, The White Dress Project, and the Society for Women's Health Research are virtually convening on Capitol Hill on July 27, 2021 to call for the bill's passage. According to The Fibroid Foundation, uterine fibroids are one of the most common gynecological issues with 26 million women diagnosed in the U.S.
A lack of research on how the menopausal period affects women's brain health is creating a lost opportunity to identify and prevent future diseases such as Alzheimer's. For New York Times Magazine, writer Kim Tingley contextualizes last month's research findings from Weill Cornell Medicine's Women's Brain Initiative on perimenopause and menopause's impacts on women's brains. The imaging study revealed menopause is as much a brain issue as it is gynecological and as such, treatment should be handled by all providers, not just a person's OB-GYN.