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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In a world where J.Lo.Hew thinks it’s cool to shell out the big bucks for a rhinestone vajazzle
, it’s good to know there’s a low budget version for those of us who don’t have time or moolah for the spa Swarovski crystal coochie treatment. Now we can simply slap on Clitter — even if it is fake, it’s hilarious!
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Hey, Newsweek subscribers, brace yourselves for a really annoying article in the upcoming April 26th issue: We young folks are “lukewarm” on reproductive rights and “don’t think abortion rights need defending.” Keep reading »
Birth control pills. Condoms. Porn. Cigarettes.
What do these things have in common other than indicators of a good time (except for, uh, the cigarettes)? They were all banned products at Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy, a Catholic pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, that went out of business in March. DMC Pharmacy, which opened in October 2008, refused to sell the Pill or condoms “on the grounds they caused abortions, lead to promiscuity or endangered a woman’s health,” according to The Washington Times. Wow, what a bunch of hooey. Condoms and the Pill are actually protecting women from STDs/STIs and potentially dangerous unintended pregnancies. Keep reading »
Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing points us to this hilarious Yahoo! Answers question: “Can your baby get pregnant if you have sex while pregnant?” WOW. Sometimes, people boggle my mind. But, hey, what is the answer? Inquiring minds want to know: If you’re a woman, and you have a girl baby inside of you, and then you, you know, “do it,” can the baby inside of you get pregnant, like, too? Make sure you know the answer before things go horribly, terribly wrong. [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
So last night as I was wasting my time watching “The Price of Beauty,” I was beaten over the head with this new Dentyne Ice commercial during every single break. According to this advertisement, it’s the guy’s responsibility to provide protection against bad breath when the loving heats up. The concept might seem clever at first, but couldn’t the dude in the pharmacy have bought some condoms along with his gum? That way, there’d be some reference to the fact that gum doesn’t protect against STDs or unwanted pregnancy. What was even more arresting to me was that VH1 chose to run a commercial for Seasonique birth control pills directly after this Dentyne one, reminding women that the responsibility to prevent a pregnancy is all in their hands. Keep reading »
One day as I was walking around the city, a few hours after I’d peed on a stick in my office toilet and that tell-tale plus sign came up, it dawned on me that every single person I was passing—every single old man, young child, bored teen, chubby woman, skinny fashionista, homeless guy, what have you—began life in the very same way: via a freaked-out woman who didn’t know what the hell she was getting herself into. Keep reading »
Blogger Amanda Hess of The Sexist took her video camera around D.C. and asked a bunch of dudes to explain how different types of women-controlled birth control work, including the Pill, the patch, diaphragms, and Nuva-ring. Some guys get an A+ for looking adorable while trying … while others don’t know what the eff they’re talking about. (Like the guy who says the birth control pill is the same thing as emergency contraception. No sex for you until you straighten that one out, bucko!) And an A++ for the guy wearing flannel and glasses who uses the phrase “sexual congress” with a straight face. Whoever he’s schtupping is a lucky woman.
Hey, dudes who read The Frisky, can you do any better? (And no looking up the answers on other web sites and cheating.) [The Sexist] Keep reading »
Oh, those libertine Europeans! After studies have shown increased sexual activity by 12- to 14-year-old boys (um, eww?), a Swiss condom manufacturer has created “Hotshot” condoms in smaller sizes. According to the Telegraph, various studies across Europe have shown teens don’t use condoms if the sizes are too big for them. So while a standard size condom is two inches in diameter, Hotshot condoms are 1.7 inches to cater to the teeny weenies.
A six-pack of Hotshots will set you back $7 — but don’t count on the smaller condoms being made available here anytime soon. Hotshots are not even for sale in the UK, which has Europe’s highest rate of teen pregnancy. Hey, at least the kids are wrapping it up … right? [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »