'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 1:30pm 1/08/15 1:30pm

​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

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 4:20pm 8/04/14 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 4:10pm 8/02/12 4:10pm

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

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 4:30pm 6/02/12 4:30pm

University of Notre Dame is Fightin' Contraception Access in Giant…

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 4:30pm 5/21/12 4:30pm

Oklahoma's Personhood Amendment Ruled 'Clearly Unconstitutional' By…

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 5:40pm 4/30/12 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 5:15pm 10/21/11 5:15pm

Conceptual Contraception For The Cool Uterus

Berlin-based designer Ronen Kadushin has come up with an open-source concept for a cheaper kind of IUD that incorporates a copper 1c coin. This IUD is not ready for market — IUDs must be collapsible, so they can pass through an un-dilated cervix during insertion, and Kadushin's is not — and there are obvious safety… » 9/06/11 5:15pm 9/06/11 5:15pm

Sarah Palin And Indulging In "The Liquor Cabinet"

It is way-back week on Crappy Hour, when my » 9/08/08 10:00am 9/08/08 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 12:20pm 6/25/08 12:20pm

My IUD: How I Learned To Stop Pill-Popping & Love My Cramps

Despite having an IUD, I was unaccountably thankful when my first post-break-up period arrived recently. I celebrated by getting relentlessly drunk. Before I went to bed, I went to change my tampon, and found no string. Since I'd put it in when drunk, I figured it was just up in there somewhere. Before too long, I was… » 10/26/07 1:30pm 10/26/07 1:30pm