Posts Categorized: Birth Control

Margaret Sanger and The History of The Birth Control Pill

From prehistoric condoms made of animal intestines to vulcanized rubber diaphragms, contraception has come a long way in the United States. Birth control today is as easy as getting a single implant that remains effective for years. With all the modern advances in pregnancy prevention, the birth control pill has continued to be one of… Read more »

AI Tool Helps Women Find the Right Hormonal Contraceptive

Since the birth control pill was first introduced in the 1960s, millions of women have used hormonal contraceptives to gain a new measure of control over their reproductive health. Unfortunately, however, it can be difficult for women to find a hormonal contraceptive that doesn’t come with unpleasant side effects like nausea, weight gain and anxiety…. Read more »

Federal Appeals Court Blocks Rollback of Contraceptive Mandate

Late last year, the Trump administration attempted to significantly expand the scope of the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate opt-out program. Under the administration’s new rules, virtually any employer could refuse to provide free birth control coverage to their employees by citing religious or moral objections. Just a few months after the new rules… Read more »

New Research Identifies Benefits of 12-Month Birth Control Supplies

Although it’s common practice for pharmacies to dispense only three months of birth control pills at a time, offering women 12-month supplies of birth control could reduce healthcare costs and unintended pregnancy rates, according to a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine. This study, which was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh School of… Read more »

UC Berkeley Researchers Develop Unisex, Hormone-Free Birth Control

Earlier this month, a group of scientists at a UC-Berkeley based startup called YourChoice Therapeutics announced an exciting new development in a decade-long effort to create a new method of birth control that would offer all the benefits of hormonal contraceptives without their undesirable side effects such as migraines and weight gain. The scientists call… Read more »

Chicago Nonprofit Helps Connect Women With Birth Control Providers

During her 16-year tenure as a nurse midwife, Kai Tao became acutely aware of the many obstacles that prevent modern women from getting contraceptive access. Busy schedules, financial concerns and a complex healthcare landscape can all conspire to make the prospect of getting birth control seem like more trouble than it’s worth. “You may have… Read more »

Study Finds Long-Term Birth Control Use Spiked After 2016 Election

Despite the fact that the Trump Administration has failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), anxieties stemming from this campaign pledge may have contributed to a significant uptick in the use of long-acting birth control options following the 2016 presidential election, according to a study conducted at Harvard University. This study, which was published… Read more »

Georgia Tech Researchers Test Long-Acting Birth Control Patch

Hormonal contraceptive options like birth controls pills and intrauterine devices (IUDs) are very effective at preventing pregnancies when used correctly, but they’re not without their drawbacks. It can be easy to forget to take a birth control pill every day, for example, and the IUD insertion process can be quite painful for some women. That’s… Read more »