Posts Categorized: Birth Control

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 »

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 »