Oral contraceptives could soon be available for men. However, it would be made using a toxic substance that was used as an arrow poison by ancient Africans in hunting and war.
Public Health January 19, 2018
Don't fully trust a mobile app when it comes to birth control methods. A hyped contraceptive app used by thousands of women and certified as effective as the pill is now blamed for dozens of unwanted pregnancies.
Public Health January 16, 2018
The male contraceptive to be tested in 2018 is a rub-on gel that's expected to reduce sperm production. The gel is made to be rubbed on the upper arm and shoulder, not on genitals.
Medicine December 22, 2017
Study found a link between use of hormonal contraceptives and increased risk for breast cancer. Does this mean that women should stop relying on hormonal birth control methods?
Public Health December 7, 2017
Aside from conferring protection against cervical cancer, IUD is also an effective birth control device. IUDs can offer long-term protection lasting from three to 12 years.
Public Health November 11, 2017
Women who use an IUD as birth control device to prevent pregnancy are less likely to develop cervical cancer. Here's how the contraceptive device may influence risk for the disease.
Public Health November 8, 2017
The FDA announced a recall on birth control pills with a packaging error. Taking the pills out of order could render the pills ineffective and lead to unplanned pregnancies.
Public Health June 9, 2017
The male contraceptive gel Vasalgel could be a better alternative to vasectomy, condom, and withdrawal method. What are the possible side effects and problems that may arise due to use of this birth control method?
Healthy Living/Wellness February 7, 2017
No pregnancy occurred in rhesus monkeys involved in the trial that tested the effectiveness of the male contraceptive gel Vasalgel. The result offers hope for a new birth control method for men.
Medicine February 7, 2017
Many women plan to get IUD and are urging others to do the same before the inauguration of Donald Trump. What would women's reproductive rights be like under a Trump presidency?
Public Health November 10, 2016
Many women are using fertility or menstrual mobile apps as a form of contraception instead of a tool to help them conceive. A new study finds that many of these apps are ineffective and can even lead to unplanned pregnancies.
Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2016
California pharmacists can now provide birth control contraceptives to girls and women in the state as the law that allows it became fully effective Friday. Anyone who decides to do so has to answer a questionnaire to ensure that the method is safe for them.
Life April 9, 2016
A promising condom-less male contraceptive has been found to be safe and effective in a recent animal trial. Researchers said it will be tested in human trials later this year.
Life March 31, 2016
Essure is a permanent birth control device that has 99 percent efficacy. The FDA, however, calls for stronger warning labels since the device is linked to possible serious health complications.
Life March 2, 2016
A new study provides assurance for women who used to take birth control pills and want to become future moms. Experts found that the use of oral contraceptives before or during pregnancy is not linked to birth defects in babies.
Life January 8, 2016
A German carpenter invented a new male contraceptive method that acts like a switch for semen flow. Will this new device be an alternative to irreversible vasectomy?
Life January 8, 2016
Two new laws will give pharmacists of the states of California and Oregon prescribing power over birth control pills and other contraceptives. This will help make contraceptives more readily accessible to interested consumers and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
Life November 24, 2015
Drug manufacturer Qualitest Pharmaceuticals faces a lawsuit filed by more than 100 women who claimed that they became pregnant due to the company's mislabeled birth control pills. This case is in relation to the voluntarily withdrawal Qualitest made in 2011 due to the mistake in packaging of their oral contraceptives.
Society November 13, 2015
Overuse of contraceptive pills has harmful effects to women’s health, experts say. If not taken with care, they may cause blood coagulation and other diseases.
Life October 16, 2015
Thousands of women have spoken up about their problems with birth control device Essure. Increasing concerns about the device's safety prompted a new study that found Essure implants could increase a woman's risk for a repeat surgery.
Life October 15, 2015
New findings point to the potential for a male birth control pill.
Life October 5, 2015
Essure, a birth control device, is set to be reevaluated by The Food and Drug Administration after series of complaints of its users were reported.
Life September 24, 2015
Oviary is a birth control case that alerts women when they forget to take a pill. Unlike standalone mobile apps that do something similar, this case knows if you've opened it on any given day.
Gadgets July 20, 2015
Colorado credits a program that provides free contraceptives for the decline in the teen birth rate. The program also resulted in a reduction of teen abortions as well, state health officials say.
Life July 6, 2015
Giving health workers training on hormonal implants and IUDs and how to discuss them with women promotes the use of effective contraceptive methods and reduces the rate of unwanted pregnancy.
Life June 19, 2015
The Obama administration has clarified the Affordable Care Act on birth control coverage, and says insurers must cover all approved methods of contraception. Coverage must be offered without copays or deductibles, it says.
Society May 12, 2015
While a lot of babies are still born to teens, birth rates have continued to decline for the U.S. and this is attributed, in part, to the increased use of birth control methods by teenagers.
Life April 11, 2015
A growing number of women in the U.S. have been turning to long-lasting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), which include IUD and hormonal implants to avoid pregnancy. These contraceptive methods are known to be 99 percent effective.
Life February 25, 2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just released a new report on contraceptive use among women. This included the most popular forms of birth control, and the findings will surprise you.
Internet Culture December 12, 2014
The Bill Gates Foundation is teaming up with drug company Pfizer to provide injectable contraception to women in poor countries for only one dollar.
Internet Culture November 17, 2014
Thousands of women say that the popular permanent birth control method Essure causes serious health complications. In some cases, it also is not effective against preventing pregnancy in some cases.
Internet Culture November 16, 2014
Eleven have died so far following a series of botched sterilizations in India. India's government has blamed R.K. Gupta, the surgeon who performed these surgeries.
Life November 11, 2014
Doctors should recommend IUDs and implants, not birth control pills, to teens, says the American Academy of Pediatrics. IUDs and implants each have a much lower failure rate than other forms of birth control.
Life September 30, 2014
Planned Parenthood has made the process of obtaining birth control as easy as ordering pizza. The group just launched a pilot program in Minnesota and Washington that allows people to receive birth control through the mail.
Life September 22, 2014
Planned Parenthood recently launched a new app where users can have a video visit with a provider and then receive birth control in the mail. How will this impact women's health?
Internet Culture September 21, 2014
Vasalgel could soon be the birth control method of choice for men, after a successful test on baboons.
Life September 11, 2014
Teen birth rates have dropped by 57 percent in the last two decades according to the CDC. Researchers attribute a number of factors to the decline, but say the US still has one of the highest birth rates of developed countries.
Life August 20, 2014
MTV’s teen pregnancy and parenting reality shows have been linked to the decline in teen birth rates. Researchers believe that the decline is caused by easy access to contraceptives, but “16 and Pregnant” is believed to be a contributing factor.
Movies/TV Shows August 15, 2014
According to a recent study, women who take certain types of birth control have a 50 percent increased risk for breast cancer. Though that still translates to only about 1 percent of women.
Life August 2, 2014
The Philippines reaches a new milestone as it hit the 100 million population mark. The birth of 100 children designated as “100,000,000th baby” was both a cause for celebration and a challenge for the poverty stricken Southeast Asian country.
Society July 29, 2014
A new chip being developed to provide birth control for 16 years, worked by remote control, could lead to new drug administration in other healthcare scenarios. The chip could be on the market by 2018.
Life July 10, 2014
A Massachusetts-based startup that specializes in long-term implantable drug delivery technology is developing an implantable birth control chip that can be switched on and off using a remote control.
Life July 8, 2014
Researchers have found that no-cost contraception does not lead to a higher incidence of risky sex or increased promiscuity. Free birth control is instead tied to lower rates of abortion, sexually transmitted infections, and unplanned pregnancies.
Life March 7, 2014
After more than a decade of wrangling, the FDA has made what reproductive health advocates are calling a significant decision in birth control access.
Life March 3, 2014
A new study has shown a link between use of contraceptive pills and multiple sclerosis but researchers said this should not stop women from using birth control.
Life March 2, 2014