Birth Control News
May 20, 2019

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Researchers report on a technique for administering contraceptive hormones through special backings on jewelry such as earrings, wristwatches, rings or necklaces. The ... read more

Fertility App 'Dot' Found to Be as Effective as Other Family Planning Methods

Results of a first-of-its-kind prospective study with a family planning app find it to be as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an ... read more

Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women's Recognition of Complex Emotions

Women who take the pill are nearly 10 percent worse at recognizing subtle expressions of complex emotions like pride or contempt, according to new research. Previous research suggests the ... read more

Layered Cocktails Inspire New Form of Male Birth Control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side-effects such as blood clots or breast ... read more
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How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

Demand for Long-Acting Contraception Rose Sharply After 2016 Election

A new study finds that rates of long-acting, reversible contraception went up by 21.6 percent in the 30 days after the presidential election compared to rates at the same time of year in ... read more

One in Four Women at Sexual Health Clinics Reports Coercion Over Their Reproductive Lives

As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a new ... read more

When It Comes to Using Birth Control, Both Intention and Attitude Matter

A new study adds to the evidence that women's intentions around becoming pregnant don't fully explain whether and how they use contraception. Rather, their attitudes toward becoming ... read more

Restrictive Abortion Laws in Northern Ireland Affect Women's Health, Study Shows

New research finds that Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws have negative consequences for women's health and well-being, suggesting a public-health rationale to decriminalize ... read more

Adolescents Seeking Abortions Without Parental Consent Face Numerous Hurdles

Adolescents under the age of 18 seeking abortions without a parent's consent often undergo a series of humiliating, burdensome and unpredictable hurdles as they try to navigate the legal system, ... read more

Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Have Almost Double the Rate of Repeat Pregnancy

Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have nearly double the rate of having another baby within a year of delivering compared to women without such disabilities, according to a new ... read more

Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates at an All Time Low in Minn.

Pregnancy and birth rates continue to decline for 15-19-year-olds in Minnesota, with rates decreasing the most among youth from communities of color. Researchers attribute the decline to a ... read more

Male Contraceptive Compound Stops Sperm Without Affecting Hormones: Study in Monkeys

A new study details how a compound called EP055 binds to sperm proteins to significantly slow the overall mobility of the sperm without affecting hormones, making EP055 a potential 'male ... read more

Does Concussion Recovery and Symptom Severity Differ Between Men and Women?

A new study comparing male and female athletes examined whether there are clear sex-related differences in post-concussion symptom severity and length of ... read more

A Next-Generation Non-Hormonal Contraceptive for Women Is Being Developed in Sweden

A hormone-free women's contraceptive with no side effects is one promising use for a new technique developed by researchers kto tighten up the mucous membrane – the body’s first line of ... read more

Dimethandrolone Undecanoate Shows Promise as a Male Birth Control Pill

A new birth control pill for men appears to be safe when used daily for a month, with hormone responses consistent with effective contraception, study researchers ... read more

New Report Examines Scientific Evidence on Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in US

While legal abortions in the US are safe, the likelihood that women will receive the type of abortion services that best meet their needs varies considerably depending on where they live, says a new ... read more

Birth Control Pills Increase Risk of Ischemic Stroke

Oral contraceptives increase the risk of ischemic stroke, but this risk is very small among women who do not have other stroke risk factors, according to a new ... read more

No Link Between Hormonal Birth Control and Depression

The vast majority of women will use some method of contraception during their lifetime. Despite there being 37 million in the United States who are currently on birth control, many still worry about ... read more

With Cost Removed, Women Choose More Effective Contraceptive Methods

Researchers evaluated women's contraception choices if cost is not a ... read more

Could Asking One Question Help Us Better Understand Women and Infants' Health?

"Have you ever been sexually active for a year or more without using contraception and becoming pregnant?" A study suggests that asking this question could help clinicians better understand ... read more

Stroke Risk Factors Unique to Women Identified

Investigators are exploring the effects of potential risk factors that are unique to women, including hormone levels, hormone therapy, hormonal birth control, pregnancy and time of menarche and ... read more

Relationship Factors Affect Decisions About Contraceptive Use Among Young Adults

The dynamics of a couple's relationship, including the exclusivity of the partnership, the level of commitment to the partnership and participation in sexual decision-making with their partner, ... read more

Prospective Birth Control Pill for Men Has Its Origin in an Arrow Poison

Women have many options for oral contraceptives that are safe, effective and reversible, but despite decades of research, men have none. Now, scientists report a rat study that shows they finally ... read more

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