This Birth Control App Just Got FDA Approval (But It's Being Investigated for Unintended Pregnancies)

On Friday, the Food and Drug Administration gave marketing approval to Natural Cycles, an app that dubs itself “digital birth control.” It’s the first time a fertility-tracking app has gotten the official OK to advertise itself as birth control, which might seem an exciting leap into the baby-preventing future of our…

FDA Places New Restrictions on Essure Contraception Device in Response to Extreme Side Effects

Since it was approved in 2002, “permanent contraceptive” device Essure has been the subject of thousands of complaints from women who have had the device implanted. Complaints about the device range from headaches to hair loss, brain fog, heavy bleeding, abdominal pain, perforation of the uterus, and even pregnancy…

A Former Abortion Doula Explains Why an IUD Might Be Right For You

By noon on the day after the election, Google searches for IUDs were spiking—one of the most popular search terms overnight was, “Get an IUD now.” What’s long been an unpopular form of birth control suddenly took on a newfound appeal for one major reason: it’ll last longer than a Trump presidency. It’s a devastating…

Norwegian Cruise Line Employees Say All Contraceptives Have Been Removed, Company Denies It

In January, Jezebel reported that Norwegian Cruise Line had quietly removed employees’ access to emergency contraceptives, like Plan B—even for purchase. Last week, several more employees told us that on at least one NCL ship, the condom bowl in the health center was empty and that ship doctors had told them there…

Ted Cruz: There's No War on Birth Control Because You Can Always Buy a 'Rubber' From a Vending Machine

Senator and man who would be President Ted Cruz spent Monday night at a town hall in Iowa. While there, he generously shared his thoughts on birth control access, namely how easy it is to get some: “Last I checked, we don’t have a rubber shortage in America.” Oh Ted, you really shouldn’t have.