Posts tagged "contraception"

Bad News: The Morning After Pill Could Be Less Effective For Women Over 165 Lbs

A European company making a morning-after pill similar to Plan B says it has found its product, Norvelo, to be less effective for women over 165 lbs. and to not work at all for women over 176 lbs. Obviously, this has implications for American-made emergency contraception and whether it, too, is ineffective for some women.
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2013

Poll: Do You Regularly Use The “Pullout Method” As Contraception?

Let's talk about sex ba-by... According to a new study in the Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, one in three young women are using withdrawal -- aka “the pull out method” -- as a regular form of contraception. Withdrawal requires the male to pull his penis out of the female’s vagina (hopefully) before he ejaculates during…
By: Katie Oldenburg / August 14, 2013

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 2

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The first half of our conversation about contraception ran yesterday. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / August 2, 2013

Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow. The participants are: Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You ca…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2013

Weight Gain And Bigger Boobs Are Birth Control Myths

There goes my excuse for the Freshmen 15. Only three to four percent of women actually gain weight on the birth control pill, according to Dr. Anne Burke, associate professor of gynecology at Johns Hopkins. The pounds you think you pack on from the pill could actually be from those cafeteria fries, or the six…
By: Alyson Penn / July 1, 2013

Victory! Obama Administration Backs Off The Morning-After Pill

Ending a years-long losing battle against making the morning-after pill accessible to all, the Obama administration has finally conceded to the wisdom of the masses and will stop fighting against emergency contraception.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

Some Morning-After Pills Available Over The Counter, Appeals Court Rules

The two-pill version of the morning-after pill must be immediately available over-the-counter without age restrictions, a federal appeals court has ruled today. However, the court also upheld a "stay" on the one-pill version of emergency contraception (called Plan B One-Step), essentially agreeing with the Obama administration that its use for young teens needs further review.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2013

Roman Polanski Gripes The Birth Control Pill Has “Masculinized” Women

I know you care about the opinions of a man who, in 1977, gave a Quaalude and champagne to a 13-year-old girl before he raped her. This weekend, filmmaker Roman Polanski said that the birth control pill has "masculinized" women and taken the "romance" out of our lives. You know, the romance of yore, like giving…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2013

Women Don ’60s “Mad Men” Costumes To Protest North Carolina Birth Control Refusal Bill

North Carolina's state house is set to debate a bill that would allow employers to refuse coverage of employees' birth control. In protest, a bunch of women dressed up in '60s-era "Mad Men" garb and sat in the audience! [RH Reality Check, Huffington Post] A bakery in Oregon i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2013

Obama Administration Appealing FDA’s Morning-After Pill Decision

This is why we can't have nice things, America. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration announced the age to purchase the morning-after pill would be lowered to 15 and it would be available on shelves instead of behind-the-counter. The decision was prompted by a federal judge having struck down the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2013

FDA Makes Morning-After Pill Available Ages 15 And Up

Ladies, rejoice!  For once, politicians are actually expanding access to contraceptives — sort of! Following a recent court decision -- Tummino v. Hamberg -- mandating that the Food and Drug Administration expand access to the morning-after pill, the government agency did just that.  Yesterday, the FDA…
By: Sarah Gray / May 1, 2013

Your Slutty Behavior Is Killing Flowers (Or Something?)

You probably didn't know that by taking the birth control pill, you are directly contributing to lethal experimentation, euthanasia, poverty, and crime. Well, this flower/weed graphic discovered by feminist blogger Jessica Valenti on One More Soul, a Christian website promoting chastity until opposite-sex marriage, will set you straight. Only through chastity will…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2013

The Right To Protected Sex: Bill Introduced To Decriminalize Condom Possession

Anti-trafficking advocates, LGBT organizations, lawmakers and public health advocates have gathered in Albany, New York today to push for new legislation about condoms.  Yes, condoms. Currently 39 million male condoms and two million female condoms are distributed for free in New York State. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, "Consistent and…
By: Sarah Gray / April 23, 2013

Judge Strikes Down Age Limit On Morning-After Pill

Fathers, lock up your daughters: the government is going to be forcing slutty slut pills down their throats! That will be the Fox News version of events. But here in Reasonable, Common Sense-land, the story is different: a federal judge — a man! — has struck down the age limit on the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2013

France Will Now Reimburse The Cost Of Abortions, Provide Free Contraception To Teen Girls

Beginning yesterday, France will provide access to free birth control for teenaged girls ages 15 to 18 without parental notification, as well as reimburse the cost of abortions to all women over age 18. Pinch me. Am I dreaming? It's not still April Fools' Day, right?
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2013

Boston College Halts Condom Distribution

Boston College students are facing possible discipline for distributing condoms both on- and off-campus. The school, a Jesuit college, no longer wants birth control distributed on its campus because it doesn't align with Catholic teachings. [Boston Globe,  Feminist.org] Five ways to make the "Lean In" movement more inclusive of low-income women.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2013

A Pill You Only Take When You Know You’re Getting Laid?

While there are many positive side effects from taking a once-daily birth control pill — no more heavy periods, no more acne, less intense menstrual cramps -- the main purpose, as the name suggests, is to prevent pregnancies.  It is just one of many forms of contraception used by those who are not ready to have…
By: Sarah Gray / March 6, 2013

Oklahoma Republican Says Birth Control “Poisons Women’s Bodies” (FYI, It Doesn’t)

Oklahoma State Senate Clark Jolley, a Republican (duh), introduced a bill that would allow an employer to refuse to cover birth control in their health care plans for any reason, based on the idea, and I quote, that birth control "poisons women's bodies." Maybe condoms — WHICH ARE ALSO A FORM OF BIRTH CONTROL, BUT…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 22, 2013

Pregnant Mexican Girl Is Older Than Previously Thought, Outfitted With Birth Control From Doctors

Recently it was reported that a nine-year-old girl had given birth in Mexico. Now her parents are claiming she is 12- or 13-years-old, which is still horrific, and that she was impregnated by her 44-year-old stepfather, not a 17-year-old neighbor as originally reported. But perhaps what's most offensive about this story is that…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 14, 2013

The Soapbox: Your Arguments Against Our Permanent Birth Control Are B.S.

This essay was published with permission from Gender-Focus. My spouse and I are seeking permanent birth control, and the entire process has been difficult. At this point, we are sick to death of unsolicited advice on the subject (Pro-tip: If someone you don’t know says they’re not judging you, they are judging you.)…
By: Jessica Critcher / February 1, 2013