Going Off Hormonal Birth Control Can Be a Real Bitch—or Not

It can’t be overstated that reproductive control is essential to reproductive freedom for women. But decades of such freedom have also given us the luxury of a next-level set of worries: What is birth control really doing to my body, and what will happen if I stop taking it? The answer is: mostly good things; maybe… » 4/06/15 4:50pm 4/06/15 4:50pm

Study: Women in Abusive Relationships Choose 'Secret' Birth Control 

A new study has found that women in abusive relationships are less likely to use birth control. When they do use contraception, abused women choose more discreet methods — IUDs, injections, or even sterilization — that they don’t have to disclose, and that their partners are unable to refuse, deny to them or sabotage. » 4/02/15 2:15pm 4/02/15 2:15pm

What Happens When You Give Teenage Girls Free IUDs? 

It's hard to think of a segment of the American population that could benefit more from long-acting contraceptives than the teenager. Effectively using birth control can be difficult no matter how old you are, but preventing pregnancy presents singular challenges for adolescents. There's the mortification of fitting a… » 3/24/15 12:15pm 3/24/15 12:15pm

I Almost Replaced My Birth Control With an App

I don't need to tell you there's no great birth control option right now. Hormonal contraceptives are like a carnival ride for your mood, IUDs are physical sperm-gates that need to be shoved up your vaginal canal, and show me someone who tells you condoms feel good and I will show you a liar. That's why the promise… » 2/03/15 4:26pm 2/03/15 4:26pm

Finally, a Federal Court Rules in Favor of Birth Control Coverage

On Friday, a federal appeals court in Washington D.C. handed a substantial victory to the Obama administration, finding that the exemption they created for non-profit employers with religious objections to birth control was just fine. The decision was written by Judge Cornelia "Nina" Pillard, who pro-life groups… » 11/17/14 11:30am 11/17/14 11:30am

Arizona School District: No More Birth Control in Science Classes

A school board in Arizona has voted to remove the pages of a high school biology textbook that mention contraception and abortion. The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted 3-2 to redact two pages from Campbell Biology after hearing a presentation from a lawyer with the Christian legal advocacy group Alliance… » 10/30/14 2:15pm 10/30/14 2:15pm

Notre Dame Wants Exemption From the Birth Control It Doesn't Cover

The University of Notre Dame has just upped the ante in their fight against the birth control mandate of the Affordable Care Act, appealing to the Supreme Court to step in and hopefully allow the university to basically rid themselves of the paperwork that lets them opt out of birth control. » 10/07/14 10:50am 10/07/14 10:50am

​Doctors Declare IUDs the Best Birth Control Method for Teens

Teen pregnancy rates may be falling, but members of the American Academy of Pediatrics are still on it—updating their stance on the most effective forms of birth control for sexually active teens. They have stated that for adolescents, implantable rods and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are the way to go. » 9/29/14 10:20am 9/29/14 10:20am

​CVS Has Been Illegally Charging Women for Birth Control

Despite the fact that the Affordable Care Act's Women's Health Amendment states that all FDA-approved birth control, like pills, vaginal rings, patches, implantable rods, IUDs, prescribed by a doctor is exempt from cost-share, it looks like some companies have conveniently forgot the mandate, charging women anyway. … » 9/24/14 11:00am 9/24/14 11:00am