Contraceptives fail a lot more often than you may have realized. Those failure rate statistics that you see are actually a bit misleading — they are for failure rates in a given year. Over time, the risk of failure is compounded.
Looks like the FDA has reconsidered their decision to limit emergency contraceptive production to one pharmaceutical company, making it available and more affordable to more people. How this took so long, I do not know, but I'm glad we're here at last.
Well, here's some scary-as-shit news from the world of "being a woman is really crappy and hard and dangerous sometimes."
Well, kind-of. Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put a temporary hold on the super wonderful Obamacare provision that requires employers to provide coverage for contraceptives.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the country's largest group of OB/GYNs, said today that oral contraceptives are safe enough to be sold over the counter in drugstores without a doctor's prescription. Awesome!
We know the war against/for vaginas has its bangs (no pun intended), but it seems it's got its whimpers too: because pro-lifers and conservative pundits view contraceptives that prohibit implantation as abortions (because the egg has already been fertilized, it's a microscopic lil' baby, yo), the FDA has omitted a few…
It's unfortunately a regular weekend occurrence—by now as reliable as waking up hungover and popping Advil and lying in bed watching Law & Order reruns until 2 PM—to find that Arizona governor Jan Brewer has signed yet another anti-lady bill into law with the blood of a kitten as ink. Seriously, it sucks.
New research about oral contraceptives indicates that the pill does more than prevent pregnancy - it also suppresses the sex drive. But is this tendency ultimately detrimental to our species?
Researchers have developed a new contraceptive device that may effectively block transmission of the AIDS virus. The vaginally inserted ring releases multiple drugs that prevent HIV infection along with drugs to deter sperm. [EurekAlert]
Lobbyist groups are banging down the FDA's doors, asking the agency to yank the birth-control patch Ortho-Evra off pharmacists' shelves and insisting that it poses high risk of potentially-fatal blood clots and at much higher rates of instance than the drug companies are disclosing. The higher estrogen levels that…
Note to all those daughters donning chastity rings: according to a new study done by a non-partisan group, abstinence education doesn't work. "At present there does not exist any strong evidence that any abstinence program delays the initiation of sex, hastens the return to abstinence or reduces the number of sexual…
When I was a wee lass learning of the joys of coitus awesomeness, my v-card was first swiped by a strange young man who was not just adamant about protected sex, but absolutely paranoid about knocking me up. Granted, he had inseminated his previous partner, and the high-school abortion is one rough formative…