Tag: contraception

Male Birth Control Pill Just Passed Safety Tests: Here’s What To Expect

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

28-Year-Old Mom Issy Fox Paralyzed By Stroke From Taking The Pill

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

FDA Approves Digital Birth Control App For 1st Time: Is It Effective In Preventing Pregnancy?

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

Bayer Essure System For Permanent Birth Control Receives Label Update

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

Deadly Arrow Poison Could Be Used For Male Birth Control Pills

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

IUD May Reduce Cervical Cancer Risk By 30 Percent: Study

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

Contraceptive Use Lowers Teen Pregnancy In The US: Why It Matters

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

More US Teens Are Using Contraception When They Have Sex For The First Time: CDC

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

Can You Get Pregnant Even When Using An IUD?

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

Abortion In The US Falls To Historic Low

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

American Women Getting IUD To Prepare For Trump Presidency

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 For Men: Male Birth Control Shots Found Effective At Lowering Chances Of Pregnancy

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

Smartphone Menstrual Cycle Apps Rarely Work, May Cause Unplanned Pregnancy

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

Apps Offer Online Birth Control To Women As Young As 14

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

This Fertility App For Smartphones Is As Effective As Contraceptive Pill

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

Saving Lives In Poor Nations Costs $5 Per Person: Health Study

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 Male Birth Control Could Be Available By 2018: Here's What You Need To Know

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

Condom-Free Male Contraceptive Prevents Pregnancy In Animal Study

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

On-Off Switch For Sperm Could Be Key To Unisex Birth Control Drug

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

Scientists Get Closer To Development Of Male Contraceptive Pill

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

FDA Wants Essure Contraceptive Implant To Come With Stronger Warning On Potential Risks

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

FDA May Have Underestimated Number Of Fetal Deaths Linked To Essure Birth Control Device

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

US Women Delaying Pregnancy: Average Age Of First Time Moms Steadily Increases

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 Faces Lawsuit As Mislabeled Birth Control Pills Led To Unplanned Pregnancies

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

More US Women May Now Get IUD Minutes After Giving Birth

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

Pro-Life Group Achieves Victory In Court Regarding ObamaCare Contraception

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

More Teens Using Morning-After Pill, Says CDC Report

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

Simple Change In Training Counselors Seen As Method To Cut Unplanned Pregnancies In Half

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

More U.S. Teens Opting To Use Birth Control Methods

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

Depo-Provera Use May Increase HIV Risk in Women

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

Reversible Condomless Male Birth Control Available by 2017

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 Second Most Popular Form Of Birth Control Is Not What You Think

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

Women In Developing Countries Will Soon Have A One Dollar Contraception Option

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

Doctors shocked to discover potato growing inside Colombian woman's vagina: I inserted it to prevent pregnancy

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 decline by 57 percent, CDC reports

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

Birth control goes high tech, fertility chip comes with remote control

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

Free birth control does not encourage unsafe sex, study shows

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

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