Posts Categorized: Birth Control

Types of Birth Control [Infographic]

When it comes to choosing a form of birth control, there are many different types to consider and a multitude of factors that will affect the decision you make. From prescription options like oral contraceptives, patches and IUDs to over-the-counter options like condoms and contraceptive sponges, the choice can seem a bit overwhelming. Depending on… Read more »

Progesterone Could Help Relieve Effects of Influenza

The fall is the beginning of the flu season, and for many people, the flu may not seem like an immediate threat. But this highly-contagious virus can make even the strongest of us sick for many days, and cause even more serious complications for the young and the elderly, not to mention people with compromised… Read more »

Birth Control Use Linked to Drop in Ovarian Cancer Deaths

There’s plenty of conflicting information out there today about birth control, and not all of it is advice worth listening to. Amid all of these confusing stories and myths, though, comes an interesting and well-documented study that links oral contraceptive use to a drop in the number of deaths caused by ovarian cancer. According to… Read more »

ACOG Makes Case for Postpartum Long Acting Birth Control

Earlier this week, the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) published a recommendation that hospitals should begin offering all women access to long acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) options immediately after giving birth. Currently, many physicians wait to discuss birth control options with new mothers until they return for their postpartum follow-up visit. Unfortunately, this… Read more »

Zika Bill Cuts Funding for Contraception

Since an outbreak of the Zika virus struck Brazil in early 2015, governments throughout the Western Hemisphere have begun developing response plans and allotting funds to combat the virus’s spread. Because Zika poses the greatest threat to pregnant women, health officials have advised legislators that funding for reproductive health services must be a key component… Read more »

Women Can Now Use Apps to Obtain Birth Control

Not long ago, getting a prescription for hormonal birth control could be a time-consuming, stressful process for many women. Now, according to the New York Times, there are at least six digital ventures, including one from Planned Parenthood, that provide prescription contraceptives without requiring a visit to a doctor. Instead, women can simply sign up… Read more »

CDC Finds Teens are Having Less Sex, Using More Birth Control

Teenagers might not be known for their stellar decision making skills, but according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control, America’s teenagers are exercising more caution than ever when it comes to sex and contraception. Every two years, the CDC releases a comprehensive report that monitors common health-risk behaviors that contribute to… Read more »

Adolescents in Developing Nations Lack Contraceptive Options

A report released earlier today by the Guttmacher Institute is shedding light on the need for increased contraceptive access in developing regions all across the globe. The study, “Adding It Up: Costs and Benefits of Meeting the Contraceptive Needs of Adolescents,” was published by a team of researchers lead by Jacqueline E. Darroch, Ph.D. The… Read more »

Fake Eggs Could be Used as Contraceptives and Fertility Aids

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been conducting experiments that could lead to a new method of long-term contraception, as well as improved in vitro fertilization techniques. These two ends might seem contradictory, but in fact they are quite closely related. It all has to do with the behavior of sperm during… Read more »

Contraceptive Education is Lacking in American Schools

In recent studies performed by the National Survey of Family Growth, researchers have noticed a striking decline in contraception education in American teenagers. While the Guttmacher Institute reports that teen pregnancy rates are lower than they were 20 years ago, it’s not because teens are being educated about sex, STDs and how to prevent pregnancy… Read more »