Will a doctor be straight with me — does pulling out work?
First, let’s be clear about what you’re trying to prevent here. If you’re looking to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI), then stick to a condom (and keep it on the whole time), because pulling out is NOT going to provide protection against infection. If you’re just looking to prevent pregnancy, then you’ll be happy to know that withdrawal method (pulling out) is a potentially viable alternative if other contraceptives don’t seem to be ideal for you. Read more … Keep reading »
Woot, woot! On Friday afternoon, the FDA approved ella, a new emergency contraceptive that can be taken five days after unprotected sex, for prescription-only sales. If the condom breaks, you are a victim of sexual assault, or any number of numerous situations where you’re doing the “No babies! No babies!” dance, you now have more morning-after pill options than ever before.
What do you need to know about ella — and Plan B, the existing emergency contraception? All the deets are after the jump. Keep reading »
Great! It’s the condom brand we’ve all been waiting for. Trojan has created a totally new condom, No One’s Pleasure, for those couples who are so not into intimacy. Designed for “ultra dissatisfaction,” these latex raincoats are perfect for men and women who want to maintain distance and discomfort. According to the box, these prophylactics “reduce the risk of intimate, fulfilling relationships.” Perfect! That they are “extra gritty.” Not so much. Choose from three styles: Frigid Touch, Extremely Oversensitive, and Ultra-Chafe: Super Dry. Ouch. [The Onion] Keep reading »
2010 is a big year, because it is the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. Who can remember life without it? But did you know that the pill was originally only available to married women? Or that taking Nyquil can make the pill less effective? After the jump, some other fascinating pill facts. Keep reading »
Yesterday the White House announced which preventative services will be free under President Obama’s health care reform and birth control did not make the cut. Uh, isn’t getting birth control the very definition of a preventative service? Like, preventing a baby? Apparently not. Keep reading »
I had tried all different kinds of birth control pills to help control my period pains over the course of three years, but nothing worked. There was still no relief from terrible cramps and heavy blood flow. My doctor suggested I try the NuvaRing, the once-a-month birth control device that is inserted into your vagina and secretes hormones for three weeks. Supposedly, the NuvaRing sits far enough inside of you that a man shouldn’t feel it or find it, but I can report that isn’t always the case. Keep reading »
No one expects to have a stroke at 27, least of all Broadway actress Brenda Hamilton, who is an understudy for “Wicked.” In a lawsuit filed against the pharmaceutical company Bayer, Hamilton claimed she took Yasmin birth control pills for over two years before she suffered a stroke in May 2007.
Hamilton’s lawsuit accuses Bayer of downplaying that Yasmin poses a higher risk for blot clots and strokes than other oral contraceptives. This latest lawsuit, unfortunately, is just one of many filed against Bayer. In a settlement for a past lawsuit, the company promised to spend $20 million on “corrective advertising” to educate women about Yasmin. But Bayer and the FDA have also cited studies — including two which Bayer funded — which said Yasmin doesn’t increase the risk of blood clots. [New York Post]
This freaks me out because Yasmin is the birth control I have been taking for years. You just keep looking better and better, rhythm method! Keep reading »
This parody commercial for “Plan B-” from comedian Jena Friedman literally could have been based on a conversation I had with a girlfriend, oh, eight years ago? The “truthiness” of it, as Broadsheet’s Mary Elizabeth Williams writes, is “so funny that if it doesn’t hurt, it definitely burns a little.” [Salon
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