Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

Unfortunately, we know all too well that abortion can be difficult to access in some parts of the country, especially in Texas. There are already so many barriers to access this necessary procedure, and natural disasters stand in the way of women getting to their appointment and/or being able to afford care.

During Hurricane Harvey, many of the clinics in Houston had to close temporarily, leaving women with very few options. Continued political attacks on abortion access make an unwanted pregnancy particularly stressful in Texas – add that to the stress of dealing with hurricane aftermath.

We can only imagine what a stressful time this must be for those patients who had to miss their appointments or are waiting for the nearest clinic to open.

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey made landfall, many of our staff members volunteered to help their local communities. Whole Woman’s Health continues to support multiple efforts that will benefit those affected by this devastating storm.

But we can do more. Texas woman deserve it.

To ensure our patients get the compassionate, quality abortion care they deserve, we’re providing no-cost abortions for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

In collaboration with abortion funds, including Lilith Fund and our own Stigma Relief Fund, we will be assuring our patients have the financial and logistical assistance they need to get to one of our Texas clinics (Austin, San Antonio, McAllen, or Fort Worth). This assistance includes travel and lodging, if necessary.

If you live in a community that’s been affected by Hurricane Harvey, call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090 to see how we can help.

The need for abortion care does not stop for natural disasters. Your contribution eliminates another barrier for a woman who needs care.

To help cover the cost of abortion care for someone affected by Hurricane Harvey, donate to Stigma Relief Fund today.

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Period-tracking apps

Apps to make your period a little more bearable.

There are many, many apps out there that will help you track your period so you can be a little more prepared each month, and make things a little easier. But, we picked out a few of our favorites for you to check out:

My Calendar

This free app allows users to track periods, cycles, ovulation, and the chance of conception. You can also record cervical mucus, BMI, sexual activity, weight, temperature, symptoms, and mood. Conveniently set reminders to buy feminine hygiene products and/or take your birth control.

Clue Period Tracker

Not only does this free app keep track of your period, but it also makes note of the menstrual products you use. You can log your birth control within the app as well. Clue Period Tracker has a simple, clean design, and takes pride in its favoritism from doctors and the OB/GYN community.

Eve

Keep track of your period with this free app, along with your chances of getting pregnant. You can also take daily sex quizzes within this app, and join the extended community to discuss sexual health.

Aunt Flo

This fun app has all the sassy feels that may come along with your period, and will even let you know which day of the month is best for pizza and chocolate. When you’re ready to plan for pregnancy, just let the app know, and it will track your ovulation. Although this app is $1.99, the money goes toward providing feminine hygiene products for women in need.

Monthly Gift

This app has a sleek design, tracks your cycle and mood swings. Also, it does the prep work for you and sends a discreet black box of tampons, pads, and liners right to your doorstep!

Using a different method to track your period and/or ovulation? Let us know what you’re using in the comments!

Whole Woman’s Health: Twin Cities

Whole Woman’s Health of The Twin Cities is a patient-centered women’s healthcare practice, where the focus is on the whole woman — her mind, her heart, and her body.

We believe all healthcare, especially women’s health and abortion services, can better serve our community with a holistic approach. We explain medical procedures and share their results, and we also pay attention to how our patients feel. We have all been patients before and we understand the fear and the anxiety that is often experienced in medical settings.

Whole Woman’s Health of The Twin Cities offers comprehensive women’s services, including:

  • Abortion care, including the abortion pill from 3 to 10 weeks and surgical abortions from 3 to 22 weeks
  • Annual exams and pap smears
  • Birth control (including Long Acting Contraceptive Methods like IUD’s and Implants)
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) testing and treatment
  • Walk-in emergency contraception (Plan B)
  • Counseling services/options counseling
  • Kind, gentle physicians and staff
  • Ultrasounds

We pride ourselves on our private, individualized approach. We are happy to invite your family or loved ones to be a part of your experience here, if you like.

We are pleased to offer birth control after a medication abortion, as well. Some of the birth control options include:

  • Nexplanon at the time of medication abortion
  • Mirena at follow-up appointment, 1-2 weeks after medication abortion
  • Paraguard at the follow-up, 1-2 weeks after medication abortion

We also offer private abortion care, VIP (you are the only patient) abortion care and fast-track appointment. Please contact us for these or other special accommodations.

Visit our website for more information on our Twin Cities clinic and its services. If you have questions or are ready to schedule an appointment, please call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090.

 

Take a look at our new website!

We are so excited to announce we gave our website a whole new look! As part of our mission to make abortion accessible to all, our updated site provides our patients with better mobile access.

Okay, and we gave it a facelift, too! The site still lives in the same great place, Wholewomanshealth.com, and you will find information on all of our clinic locations, and a robust FAQ section, along with kind words from our patients. Go ahead, take a look around!

Pregnancy symptoms

Signs of a pregnancy may be difficult to detect, especially before the six-week mark. Some women say they don’t experience any symptoms until at least eight weeks; everyone is different.

Of course, one sign of a pregnancy is a missed period. However, if you’re not tracking your menstrual cycle, or typically have irregular periods, this may or may not be a sign of a pregnancy.

One symptom is a sudden aversion to food. Rising hormones in the blood can turn your favorite foods into a trigger for your gag reflex. If you all of the sudden hate the foods you usually love, you might be pregnant.

Bloating, especially in the abdominal area, can be another sign of pregnancy. This can be a similar feeling to pre-menstrual bloating, so it can be a confusing symptom. Another symptom of pregnancy that’s also present during your period is sore breasts.

Early in a pregnancy, rising hormones means your bladder fills faster and you may have to use the bathroom more often than usual.

If you’re experiencing extreme fatigue, you may be pregnant. The fatigue may be caused from the rising levels of hormones in the body, or a general inability to get a quality night’s sleep.

Light bleeding (spotting) and/or nausea can also be symptoms of pregnancy. Some women experience one or both of these symptoms, while other women won’t experience them at all. Remember, everyone is different.

Having listed many common (and some less-common) symptoms of pregnancy, the only sure way to know if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test, preferably administered by a physician. An at-home pregnancy test can be a good place to start.

At Whole Woman’s Health, we offer free pregnancy tests at all of our clinic locations. If you have questions about pregnancy symptoms or would like to schedule an appointment, call our EmpowerLine at 877.835.1090.

Statement From Amy Hagstrom Miller, Founder and CEO of Whole Woman’s Health

Today’s new lawsuit filing challenges ban on safest, most common method in second trimester abortionLet me start by saying, here we go again.

One year after our historic Whole Woman’s Health victory, we find ourselves filing the second post HB2 lawsuit we have had to file in less than a year’s time. It is absurd, that even in the wake of our powerful SCOTUS victory, we had a Texas legislative session this year where politicians introduced more than 45 bills to try and further restrict women’s access to abortion care. And if that wasn’t enough, Texas politicians are amid a Special Session of the legislature right now where many additional bills are on the docket. It seems that bigoted, anti-woman, aggressive politicians will stop at nothing these days. Frankly, it is shocking and I know many of you share my commitment to resistance. This can never become normal; we must all stay shocked.

When Senate Bill 8 passed into law in Texas, women were faced with yet another attempt by politicians to undermine our equality and try to control our bodies by restricting our constitutional right to safe abortion care. Let’s be clear, politicians, not doctors, are pushing for these restrictions, and they undermine the ability of health care professionals like Whole Woman’s Health to provide the individualized care that’s right for each of our patients. Doctors and major medical groups like ACOG all oppose this ban; and of course they do, it is a law that makes it illegal for doctors to use their expertise to do what is right for the women they serve.  This threatens the safety of women, and punishes doctors for using their best medical judgment.

SB8 is evidence of the zealots’ crusade to make full equality out of reach for Texan women, and we will not stand for it. They know they can’t make abortion illegal, but since 2010, they have passed countless laws restricting access to abortion so much that it is simply out of reach for a very large percentage of people. In fact, in January 2017 Texas Rep Swanson, the only female member of Texas’ so called Freedom Caucus, was quoted as saying, “The time to end abortion is here.”

Today I say, enough is enough Texas. Whole Woman’s Health clinics are here to stay and we will continue to fight for the women we serve. Access to safe abortion care is a human rights issue; reproductive freedom for women is about equality, self-determination and autonomy. We cannot let our opposition try to say it is otherwise or pretend that they have our best interests in mind.

Our dignity, and our very lives are at stake, and Whole Woman’s Health is here to step up once again for Texans. We are not going to accept these attacks as our new normal. We will never agree to sit idly by, allowing Texas politicians, who don’t care about women’s rights and autonomy, determine how and when we make our own private and personal decisions.

Whole Woman’s Health is honored to lead another fight in the courts for we firmly believe that all of us are lifted up when the women in our communities have true and full equality.

Thank you.

Read the official filing for Whole Woman’s Health v. Paxton. 

A new ending to Amelia Earhart’s story

Amelia Earhart

At Whole Woman’s Health, our mission is larger than healthcare – we are here to make the world a better place for the women we know now and those who will follow in our footsteps. We honor women’s voices and stories and know they are an important part of our history.

In our offices, we have named each room in the facility after a woman we admire – so instead of having your pap smear in Exam Room #1, you can have it in the Eleanor Roosevelt room. Aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart also has a room named after her.

Earhart’s name has been in the news recently, as another piece to her life’s puzzle may have been discovered.

Earhart took her first solo flight in 1921, and was asked in 1928 to join two pilots on a flight to England, making her the first woman to cross the Atlantic by plane.

In 1932, she flew over the Atlantic on her own, and set a record of doing it in 13 hours and 30 minutes. Years later, she became the first woman to make the flight from Hawaii to California.

In June 1937, Earhart began what was to be her final flight. Along with navigator Fred Noonan, they set out in a twin-engine Lockheed Electra in an attempt to fly around the world. However, after departing Lae, New Guinea for Howland Island, the U.S. Coast Guard lost contact with the plane. They received a final message on July 2 at 8:45 a.m., and Amelia’s tone was described as frantic. The United States Navy searched extensively but never found a trace of the aviators or the plane.

Last week, the History Channel aired “Amelia Earhart: Finding the Lost Evidence”, which suggests she may have been captured by the Japanese after a newly-unearthed photograph from the National Archives showed what researchers claim are the pilot and her navigator in Jaluit Harbor in the Marshall Islands after their disappearance.

The photo, which is difficult to see given its age, shows two figures resembling Earhart and Noonan. In the far background, there appears to be a barge carrying the remains of a crashed aircraft.

While there are still other theories about Earhart’s final days, the photograph is some of the most exciting evidence to come from this cold case in years.

No matter what, Earhart’s legacy will continue to be one of bravery and courageousness, and for that, she will always be someone we look up to.