Breaking the culture of silence around pregnancy loss; How egg freezing got rebranded as the ultimate act of self-care and 5 facts you should know about gynecological cancers.

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Here’s what we’re covering in today’s newsletter:

  • Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's public grief

  • Women who have irregular periods have much higher risk of an early death, a new study suggests

  • How egg freezing got rebranded as the ultimate act of self-care

  • 5 facts you should know about gynecological cancers

  • Chrishell Stause reveals she’s freezing her eggs

What’s New:

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend broke a long-standing culture of silence by sharing the loss of their son, who died due to complications around halfway through pregnancy. Writing on Instagram, the model, author and businesswoman revealed:

"We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we've never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn't enough."

Vanity Fair reported the announcement was met with an outpouring of support, including from stars. However, some critics attacked the couple’s decision to share the news. In response, the LA Times published a column declaring ‘Chrissy Teigen’s photos aren’t shocking. Breaking the silence around pregnancy loss is.’ Tommy's, a charitable organisation who fund research into miscarriage, premature birth and stillbirth, as well as offering support to those affected, responded to the criticism by stating that for some parents, sharing gut-wrenching moments of grief can be part of the healing process and the charity believes the celebrity couple doing so has helped to break some of the stigma around losing a child.

The Guardian explores how egg freezing got rebranded as the ultimate act of self-care.

Black women are almost twice as likely to experience infertility than white women, but seek medical help for it half as much. The Black Love team has compiled a list of Black fertility specialists across the US to show support for families looking to conceive.

Celmatix, the preclinical-stage women’s health biotech focused on ovarian biology, announced a new advisory board and Juno Bio launched a vaginal microbiome test kit — targeting the women’s health data gap.

From The Clinicians

  • 6 ways to increase sperm count and improve male fertility. Erin Heger / Insider

  • The UK’s 10-year egg freezing rule isn’t fit for purpose, and the time limit must be extended to support women and promote equality. Consultant fertility specialist Geeta Nargund / The Telegraph

  • Sperm take up to 3 years to recover after anabolic steroids. Becky McCall / Medscape

  • 5 facts you should know about gynecological cancers. Alice Broster / Forbes

  • Board-certified gynecologist Dr. Nicole Sparks reveals 'most effective' method of birth control available: 'It is very very effective.' Alex Lasker / Yahoo

From The Patients

  • ‘We’ve spent 6K on at-home insemination amid COVID-19.’ Emily & Jane / Refinery 29

  • ‘Solving the mystery of my missing menstruation : My mother had suffered from PCOS for decades. So why did it take years to figure out that I had the same thing?' Genevieve Glass / Elle

  • ‘I lost a baby at 20 weeks': Kate Beckinsale reveals her own secret 'soul destroying' experience as she supports Chrissy Teigen after feelings of 'grief, shame and heartbreak.' Ryan Smith / Mail Online

  • Chrishell Stause reveals she’s freezing her eggs after Justin Hartley breakup. Kaitlin Reilly / E! Online

Science & Ethics

  • Women who have irregular periods have much higher risk of an early death, new study suggests. Eleanor Hayward / Daily Mail

  • When it comes to sperm donor anonymity, Canada is behind the curve. Alison Motluk / CBC

  • Fetal estrogens hold promise for treating menopausal symptoms. Regina Schaffer / Healio

  • In Kenya, the Constitution enshrines reproductive rights for the country’s citizens, but no law provides guidance on how to protect and advance these rights. A reproductive health bill could be voted on in the coming weeks, but it is surrounded by controversies. Stephanie Musho, a Nairobi-based expert in gender and reproductive justice and a human rights lawyer tells Sara Jerving of Devex:

    “A lot of critics of this bill say it's an abortion bill. Kenya has a lot of cultural and religious dogma at play. Abortion is only one clause of the bill. … It's not talking about abortion in any stronger terms than is already provided for in the constitution…A lot of the opposition is coming from religious groups, mostly led by the Catholic Church.”

  • Amy Coney Barrett supported group that said life begins at fertilization. Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian

Thought for the day

"Health has its science, as well as disease."

-- Elizabeth Blackwell

In case you missed it

  • Fertility nursing in the coronavirus pandemic. Debbie Evans / BioNews


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