contraception

The number of abortions performed in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 40 years, a Guttmacher study finds. The reason? Researchers point to more contraception use rather than increased restrictions to abortion access.

Once again persons who don't have ovaries, menstrual cycles or the possibility of birthing babies, remain obsessed with a woman's right to choose what goes on in her reproductive nether regions. Rep. Paul Ryan is promising to fight for a rider that would allow employers to refuse to cover contraception in their health insurance plans for moral reasons.

In a battle between religion and women’s reproductive rights, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear two cases in March to determine whether religious companies must provide their employees with reproductive health care. Columbia University student Elle Wisnicki explains why the argument should not be about religion, but more focused on women’s reproductive rights and right to privacy.

Scientists say a new way to block the transportation of sperm during ejaculation may lead to a contraceptive for men. But don't get too excited, the availability of such a miracle drug could be 10 years away.

An emergency contraceptive manufactured in Europe will come with a new label in 2014, warning the pill may not be effective for women over a certain weight.

Today is World Contraception Day, raising awareness of contraception, promoting informed decisions about sexual and reproductive health, and preventing unplanned pregnancy or STIs .To celebrate condoms etc, have a laugh about the new method "Other People's Kids".

Sure condoms can have holes, but birth control mostly works. Women who use the pill or IUD have way fewer abortions than the general population using less effective methods. Not surprisingly, condoms and withdrawal are in the least effective.
It’s evident that contraception, when used correctly and consistently, helps women and couples avoid pregnancy until they’re ready to become parents. Contraception has helped millions of women (and men) stay in school, achieve personal and professional life goals, and plan for healthy pregnancies. Now, a new contraceptive intrauterine system (IUS), Skyla, will be added to the array of options a woman can choose from to prevent pregnancy.
Over the past week, two major medical associations have issued statements supporting easier access to birth control. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended in its statement that birth control pills be made available over the counter, while the American Academy of Pediatrics argued that emergency contraception (the so-called "morning after pill") be made available to teenagers.

A new infographic from Colorlines.com looks at how the "war on women" has affected women around the U.S., with a particular focus on Texas. According to the graphic and its accompanying article, written by Colorlines' Akiba Solomon, 29 states enacted 69 anti-choice measures last year, with 5 apiece in Florida, Kansas, and Arizona. In Texas, some 284,000 women are projected to lose reproductive health care in 2012-13. Check out the graphic after the jump.

The main takeaway of a new study from the Guttmacher Institute may seem rather common sense, but it's important nonetheless: women use contraception so they can achieve life goals like getting an education, planning and taking care of a family, and maintaining financial stability. The report found that most of the women surveyed said that "contraception has had a significant impact on their lives."
Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing that a friend "lost an ovary when she was unable to afford the contraception her insurance failed to cover, but that she needed to treat her polycystic ovarian syndrome." Unfortunately, her assertion regarding the hormonal contraception as a treatment of ovarian cysts is not accurate.

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