Scientists are one step closer to making the first ever birth control pill for men. Find out more about the experimental pill that successfully passed through the first set of clinical trials.
Healthy Living/Wellness March 27, 2019
Young mother Issy Fox finds her life changed after taking a contraceptive pill that causes stroke and temporary paralysis of her face and hand.
Medicine March 14, 2019
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Natural Cycles, a digital birth control app. It is powered by an algorithm that is based on the rhythm method, but its effectiveness is not at 100 percent.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 14, 2018
Once again, the American Food and Drug Administration slapped restrictions on Bayer for its controversial Essure implant. The device now comes with a checklist that must be signed by the patient before insertion.
Public Health April 10, 2018
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
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
A CDC report reveals a sharp decline in teen pregnancy because of contraceptive use. Learn why efforts to prevent adolescent pregnancy are important to save lives.
Feature | Health June 24, 2017
A new CDC study suggests that more American teenagers are now using contraceptives during sex than in previous years. Many even choose to use some form of contraception when they have intercourse for the first time.
Public Health June 22, 2017
The photo of a newborn baby holding a Mirena IUD is making rounds online. How common is it to get pregnant while using an intrauterine device, and what are the potential consequences?
Healthy Living/Wellness May 6, 2017
A new survey by the Guttmacher Institute has found that in 2014, there were 14.6 abortions for every 1,000 women of childbearing age, reflecting the biggest recorded drop since abortion was legalized by a Supreme Court ruling.
Public Health January 18, 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
Hormonal contraceptives were tested on men in an attempt to replace women's birth control. In a trial, male birth control shots were revealed to have a 96 percent success rate at preventing pregnancies.
Healthy Living/Wellness October 28, 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
Here's a list of birth control apps that deliver contraceptive prescription services to one's smartphone. How do these apps affect in-person doctor visits and rates of teen contraception?
Medicine June 22, 2016
A new study found that fertility app Natural Cycles is as effective as using contraceptive pills. The app showed high rates of efficiency in determining the different periods in the menstrual cycle, thus, helping women achieve pregnancy and contraception goals.
Life April 15, 2016
Johns Hopkins researchers said 4 million lives worldwide could be saved each year with better maternal and child health services. It costs only about $5 per person a year in healthcare spending.
Life April 11, 2016
Condomless birth control for men is on its way in 2018. The injectable gel blocks the passage of sperm through the vas deferens to prevent pregnancy.
Life April 2, 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
A biological on-off switch involving enzyme ABHD2 and controlling sperm movement could be the key to effective unisex contraception. It is deemed promising today when nearly 80 percent of male infertility cases remain unsolved.
Life March 20, 2016
A male contraceptive pill may soon become a reality as scientists claimed they are a step closer to coming up with the right formulation. The news comes 50 years after the oral contraceptive pill in women was developed.
Life March 15, 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 private analyst argued that the FDA my have greatly underestimated the number of fetal deaths among women who became pregnant after they use the contraceptive device Essure. A Republican representative is also pushing for the product to be pulled from the market until further safety measures are done.
Life February 18, 2016
According to a new CDC report, the age of first-time moms in the United States increased 1.4 years from 2000 to 2014. Two key trends are the drop in teen births as well as increasing number of women delaying pregnancy.
Life January 15, 2016
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
A study showed that specific Medicaid reimbursement for an IUD or implant immediately after giving birth has increased. Here's what you need to know.
Life October 7, 2015
The non-profit group March for Life won a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its failure to exempt the group from the contraceptive mandate. The antiabortion organization March for Life opposes contraception based on moral and not religious grounds, and is the reason why it was denied of exemption in the first place. Ruling judge Richard J. Leon, however, pointed out that March for Life is a pro-life group and in the sense should be exempted from the mandate.
Life September 2, 2015
A new study revealed improved statistics in teenage sexual activity and methods of contraception. More teenage girls are now using the morning-after pill because it has become easier to buy. Experts emphasize that there are still health risks to consider for Americans who engage in sex at an early age.
Life July 23, 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
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
Review of studies in Africa suggests injectable birth control drug may increase HIV risk. However, benefits of available contraception option outweigh risks, researchers conclude.
Life January 11, 2015
Medical advancements happen all the time so why not male birth control, right? If things go according to plan, Vasalgel will not only revolutionize men’s health but women’s as well.
Life December 29, 2014
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
A woman in Honda, Colombia, used 'potato contraceptive' to avoid getting pregnant. The plant started to germinate and grow inside her private parts after about two weeks.
Life October 5, 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
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