Posts Categorized: Birth Control

Plant-Based Chemicals Could Become New Contraceptive Option

Last week, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley announced their discovery of two wild plant compounds that could serve as “molecular condoms,” blocking fertilization in what could become the next generation of male contraception. The compounds themselves are derived from chemicals found in dandelion roots, as well as the plant Tripterygium wilfordii, better known… Read more »

Many Women Still Lack Access to Long-Term Birth Control

Despite recent scientific gains in the world of female reproductive research, a significant number of American women still lack access to long-lasting contraception following childbirth. According to research conducted at the University of Michigan, although the rate of postpartum IUDs and implants has increased sevenfold over the past five years, 96 percent of those cases… Read more »

Improved Contraceptive Access Could Save $12 Billion a Year

Recently, we’ve reported at length about the positive benefits of reliable, long-term contraceptives. From research that suggests birth control may help protect women against endometrial cancer to our latest breakdown of IUD advantages, the team at South Avenue Women’s Services is dedicated to monitoring encouraging developments for women’s health—and now, we can add economics to… Read more »

Birth Control Pills May Have Saved Thousands From Cancer

Years of research have touted the positive health benefits that result from taking birth control pills. Aside from protecting against unwanted pregnancy, oral contraceptives often contribute to fewer acne breakouts, as well as lighter and less painful periods for women. Now, a recent study released by a group at Oxford suggests birth control may also… Read more »

9 Facts About IUDs [Infographic]

Long-term birth control options have completely changed the landscape of women’s contraceptives in recent years. Some of the safest and most effective of these long-term contraceptives are intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Hormonal IUDs typically last between 3 and 6 years, while non-hormonal options can last as long as 12 years. But despite their growing popularity,… Read more »

Male Contraceptive Gel Passes Clinical Trials in Monkeys

The prospect of effective male contraceptives has been discussed for decades, though a successful product has yet to hit the market. Despite news of a hormonal birth control shot for men making headlines late last year, the study was curtailed after subjects reported experiencing “too many side effects” during the initial trials. But now, there’s… Read more »

New York Introduces Legislation to Keep Free Birth Control

Earlier this week, Senate Republicans took the first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act which ensures free access to contraceptives for millions of American women. With replacement plans for Obamacare still shrouded in uncertainty, many women are understandably concerned that they might lose this valuable reproductive healthcare service. Following the election of Donald… Read more »

Over-The-Counter Birth Control Could Be Coming to the US

Since oral contraceptives were first introduced in the 1960s, scientists have conducted extensive research on these popular birth control options that has repeatedly demonstrated their safety and effectiveness. Likewise, many physicians have argued that they should be available as over-the-counter birth control options, rather than medications that require a prescription. This idea has even received… Read more »

Birth Control Myths [Infographic]

There are so many myths and old wives tales surrounding sex and birth control that it is impossible to know where they all started. You have probably heard that you cannot get pregnant during your period or while you are breast feeding. Although these statements are said all the time, they are not true, which… Read more »

Clinics Struggle to Meet Demand for Long-Term Birth Control

Driven by fears that a Trump presidency will make it harder to access contraceptive options, women across the country have begun flocking to reproductive health centers to get birth control before President Obama’s term ends. Long-acting options such as IUDs have seen a particularly significant spike in demand since last month’s election. Under the Affordable… Read more »