You Don’t ‘Need’ to Have a Period At All if You Don’t Wanna

In the ever-wonderful discussion of menstrual politics—shaming vs. celebrating, managing vs. letting it all hang out—bowing out altogether from the period experience often gets short shrift. It shouldn’t, as not having your period at all is an increasingly viable option. But as periods become optional, their symbolic… »9/11/15 11:05am9/11/15 11:05am

'What Do You Mean, It Jammed': A Harrowing Journey to IUD City

On Monday evening at about 5:20 I was wearing a cream-colored sweater and nothing else, lying back on a medical table with my feet in stirrups, breathing like my 80-pound dog when she's having a stress dream. Between my legs was a young and pretty OB/GYN with a short blonde ponytail and an air of capable kindness.… »1/08/15 1:30pm1/08/15 1:30pm

Let's Pour One Out for the Gals Who Can't Find Good Birth Control

You know who you are. The Pill made ya crazy. Mirena gave you horrible cystic acne. The Patch gave you a blood clot. And so on. So it goes for women who, for whatever reason, just cannot find a good birth control for their particular body and sitch that doesn't make them feel like some kind of shit. This one is for… »8/04/14 4:20pm8/04/14 4:20pm

More U.S. Women Are Choosing IUDs and Implants Over Condoms and Pills

More U.S. women are getting IUDs and contraceptive implants, according to a national survey — and many more will likely jump on board this year thanks to the Affordable Care Act, which will cover both hormonal and copper IUDs as well as the implant. That's great, since the devices are vastly more effective than the… »8/02/12 4:10pm8/02/12 4:10pm

New Study Says IUD Is Wayyyyyy More Foolproof Than Any Other Kind Of Contraception

So we already knew IUDs were stealthily awesome and may protect us against cervical cancer, but a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims that the risk of accidental pregnancy in women who use pills, patches or rings are actually a whopping 20% greater than women who use IUDs, which is kind of a crazy… »6/02/12 4:30pm6/02/12 4:30pm

University of Notre Dame is Fightin' Contraception Access in Giant Anti-Birth Control Lawsuit

We all knew it was coming; what's surprising is that it took this long. The University of Notre Dame and a parade of other religious organizations have filed several lawsuits against the US Department of Health and Human Services today, alleging that a new Preventative Care Mandate in the Affordable Care Act that… »5/21/12 4:30pm5/21/12 4:30pm

Oklahoma's Personhood Amendment Ruled 'Clearly Unconstitutional' By Exasperated-Sounding Supreme Court

It's less terrible day than usual to be a uterus (or, if you want to get technical, "woman," or "baby holder") in the West South Central United States today. Earlier, a federal judge ruled that Texas' law to exclude Planned Parenthood from its Women's Health Program was unconstitutional. And now, like a frustrated dad… »4/30/12 5:40pm4/30/12 5:40pm

Child Of Rape Victim Is Now A Charming Anti-Choice Personhood Fanatic

On November 8, Mississippians will vote on Initiative 26, an amendment to their state's constitution declares that life begins at the moment of conception. If enacted, the measure will effectively outlaw all abortion, IVF, embryonic stem cell research, and many forms of birth control. The driving force behind this and… »10/21/11 5:15pm10/21/11 5:15pm

Sarah Palin And Indulging In "The Liquor Cabinet"

It is way-back week on Crappy Hour, when my »9/08/08 10:00am9/08/08 10:00am first Crappy Love, Moe Tkacik, agrees to relive our original blogospheric passion for a full five days! Today's edition - for which we decided to stay up late, get drunk, and parse the headlines rather than get up early and hungover - includes my embarrassing encounter with…

If All You Have Is A Nucleus, Can You Really Be a Citizen?

As we're all well aware, one of the many prongs in the fundie battle for control of our uteri is to call the contents often found within a person. Well, in a slight glimmer of hope for those of us who don't think that this one cell can be called a person or a life, they've failed in Montana. State Representative Rick… »6/25/08 12:20pm6/25/08 12:20pm