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 Tuesday 12:15pm

Free Birth Control: Let's Have It, Say (Some) Religious Women

Religious leaders, who are all, "I don't want the Affordable Care Act and its free birth control pills to ruin my church-going ladies": you're in for a rude awakening. » 3/23/15 12:15am 3/23/15 12:15am

How To Actually Get Your Free Birth Control 

Remember when Barack Obama announced that the Affordable Care Act would include a birth control mandate that gives women access to birth control for the lovely cost of free? That was great. Those guidelines kicked in on August 1 of 2012, but now, more than two years later, some women are still paying for their… » 2/18/15 5:30pm 2/18/15 5:30pm

Republican Alternative to Obamacare Strips Away Maternity Care 

Since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Republicans have been squawking about their intentions to repeal the legislation that's extended healthcare benefits to 15 million Americans who were previously uninsured. » 2/05/15 5:00pm 2/05/15 5:00pm

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

New Walgreens App Helps Ladies Manage Their Periods and Whore Pills

Welcome to the Internet of Your Ovaries—it's like the Internet of Things but with birth control. Walgreens pharmacy has partnered with a company called Glow to refill your birth control from your smart phone and yes, the robots are coming for us—with tampons, hopefully. » 1/30/15 2:10pm 1/30/15 2:10pm

Turkish President Upstages Wedding to Trash Talk Birth Control

Important tip for the brides-to-be out there: Be very careful whom you invite to your wedding, lest the president hijack your ceremony to deliver a lecture about the evils of birth control, like Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan did on Sunday. » 12/22/14 7:45pm 12/22/14 7:45pm

You and Everyone You Know Are So Into Your IUDs

A new study from the CDC reveals that the number of women ages 15 to 44 using "long-acting reversible contraception" like IUDs is still low, but has greatly increased in recent years. » 12/11/14 11:30am 12/11/14 11:30am

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

Bill Would Improve Access to Emergency Contraception For Rape Victims

New legislation introduced in the Senate on Tuesday would require emergency contraception be made available to rape victims at federally funded hospitals. » 9/23/14 11:00pm 9/23/14 11:00pm

'History's Worst Contraceptives' Will Make Your Vagina Wince

Listen to a cheerful but calm women explain Britishly just how desperate women have been to not get pregnant over the course of history. Listen and then go gently caress your advanced 21st century western medicine contraceptives with the adoration of a forest animal bathing its newborn infant. » 9/22/14 6:30pm 9/22/14 6:30pm

Suddenly, Republicans Are All About Getting You Birth Control

After many aspirin-between-the-knees travails and legitimate rape pratfalls, Republicans have finally seized on something that they hope will resonate with women: over the counter birth control. Yay! Right? » 9/15/14 2:00pm 9/15/14 2:00pm

Planned Parenthood to Offer Birth Control and Counseling Online

Birth control for everyone! Planned Parenthood services are available online if you live in Minnesota and Washington state and need medication and, soon, counseling for sexually transmitted diseases. They’re basically a nurse in your purse. » 9/11/14 10:40am 9/11/14 10:40am

We Could Have Effective Male Birth Control (Without Condoms!) By 2017

Although a veritable cornucopia of birth control options exists for women, men currently only have the condom available to them — which is unfair, if you think about it, because it takes two to create a wriggling human life. Fortunately, science may have finally come up with a contraceptive equalizer: the elusive male… » 9/10/14 11:40am 9/10/14 11:40am