Lena Levine

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Lena Levine used her medical and psychological training to offer women advice on everything from birth control to intimacy issues. Levine studied at Hunter College and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, graduating in 1927 and opening a private practice as an OB–GYN. But when her son was left severely mentally challenged by viral encephalitis in 1939, Levine studied at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Institute and became a psychiatrist, which allowed her a more flexible schedule. Trained in both biology and psychology, she offered services for birth control, sex education, and marital counseling through Margaret Sanger’s Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau, developing an international reputation for her work on infertility and sexual dysfunction. She collaborated with Abraham Stone and Margaret Sanger to found the International Planned Parenthood Federation in 1948. She also wrote best-selling advice books for women’s sexual fulfillment such as The Doctor Talks with the Bride in 1938 and The Modern Book of Marriage: A Practical Guide to Marital Happiness in 1957.


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Brooklyn, NY
United States

Date of Death

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Lena Levine." (Viewed on June 12, 2021) <https://jwa.org/people/levine-lena>.


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