American Abortion, Unplanned Pregnancy Rates Hit Historic Lows

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the national abortion rate has plummeted over the course of the past decade, falling by 26 percent between 2006 and 2015 to its lowest point on record. Furthermore, between 2008 and 2011, the proportion of unplanned pregnancies fell by six percent in… Read more »

Male Contraceptive Gel Begins Clinical Trials

The decades-long quest to develop a viable contraceptive option for men may have hit an important milestone this month, as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has announced that it will enroll about 400 couples in clinical trials of a contraceptive gel for men called NES/T. The gel, which has been… Read more »

Trump Administration Finalizes Its Birth Control Opt-Out Policy

Under the original terms of the Affordable Care Act, the vast majority of American employers were required to provide birth control coverage at no charge for their employees. The only exemptions to this rule were for churches and other houses of worship that might claim religious objections to the birth control mandate. Since President Trump… Read more »

Boston University Researchers Develop Self-Lubricating Condoms

Condoms offer an inexpensive and readily-available form of contraception that is highly effective when used correctly. Unfortunately, however, many people don’t like to use them because they find that they can make sex uncomfortable. That’s why the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched a program in 2015 that calls on scientists and engineers to find… Read more »

Don’t Ignore These Common Signs of Endometriosis

Despite the fact that it affects roughly one in ten women of reproductive age, many women spend years suffering from the symptoms of endometriosis before receiving a diagnosis. In some cases, this is because they attribute the intense cramping associated with this disorder to normal menstrual pain. In others, their doctors may fail to conduct… Read more »

Study Finds Undiagnosed STIs Can Contribute to PMS Symptoms

With sexually transmitted diseases at historically high levels in the United States, it’s more important than ever for sexually-active individuals to undergo regular screenings for the infections that cause these diseases. Infections such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis can have a variety of negative effects on reproductive health, particularly in women. According to a recent… Read more »

England Approves Plan to Let Women Take Abortion Pill at Home

Following months of campaigning from abortion rights activists, government officials have announced that women in England will be allowed to complete the medical abortion process at home by the end of 2018. Medical abortions – which are used to terminate pregnancies in the first ten weeks—account for 80 percent of all abortions in England. During… Read more »

FDA Approves Its First Birth Control App

Smartphone applications that track women’s menstrual cycles to help prevent pregnancies have been on the market for several years now, but they’ve been meet with their fair share of skepticism from health professionals. Critics have argued that these apps are effectively high-tech versions of the rhythm method—a notoriously unreliable method of birth control that has… Read more »

Birth Control Delivery App Nurx Expands Its Reach

There are more birth control options on the market than ever before, but many women still lack access to contraceptives due to regional socioeconomic and political pressures. According to a recent study conducted by The Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy, more than 19 million American women live in “contraceptive deserts” that do not offer reasonable… Read more »

Monroe County Has Second-Highest Rate of Chlamydia Infection in NY

In September 2017, the Centers for Disease Control announced that STD infection rates in the United States had hit a record high, with more than two million new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis being reported in 2016. The CDC also found that chlamydia, which accounted for 1.6 million of the new diagnoses, was by… Read more »