Posts tagged "contraception"

Who’s Been Called In As “Experts” To Talk Birth Control On Cable News?

Who's been called in as "experts" on cable news to discuss the current debate over birth control? More men than women, that's who. Across all the networks, 91 men appeared to talk about the birth control debate, while only 55 women appeared on-air. The greatest disparity was at the Fox stations, but the "liberal"-leaning network…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Says Birth Control “Just Costs A Few Dollars,” Is Not Something “You Need Insurance For”

Oh, Rick Santorum, just shut up already! He told conservatives at the CPAC  conference today that insurers shouldn't cover the cost of birth control because it "costs just a few dollars. Is that what insurance is for?" He continued, adding "Things that are not really things you need insurance for, and still forcing o…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

Math Teacher In Trouble For Giving Her Student Morning-After Pill

This is a sad story that underscores how the age requirement on the morning-after pill doesn't work:  a math teacher in Austin, Texas, resigned after she was caught having helped a student acquire the morning-after pill. Two weeks ago, a 16-year-old came to her teacher, Tracy Lee Steinberg, 32, in tears and told her she wa…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2012

Where Can I Get A Birth Control Ninja?

If you're big whores like we are, you're intimately familiar with the panoply of birth control options out there. The Pill. The patch. The Depo Provera shot. And of course, good old condoms. So we are delighted to hear there is a new option for those of us who are not responsible enough to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 7, 2011

Pope Says Condom Use “Justified” For Male Prostitutes, I’m Not Impressed

Hey, great news, male prostitutes with HIV/AIDS! The Pope has given you his blessing to use condoms! In the upcoming book Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times, Pope Benedict XVI concedes that in very rare cases, condom use could be considered justified to help stop the spread…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 22, 2010

Study: Schools Teach Abstinence, Not Contraception

Teens learn about the birds and the bees in high school sex ed -- but they're not, apparently, learning about birth control. A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that 97 percent of teens received sex education by the time they turned 18, but an alarming 30 percent of teens said that contraceptio…
By: Julie Gerstein / September 17, 2010

What Is Ella, The Morning-After Pill That The FDA Just Approved?

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2010

Birth Control Not Free As “Preventative Service” Under New Health Care Law

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.
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 15, 2010

Provincetown, Mass., Offers Condoms To All Students — Yes, Even Elementary Schoolers

Starting in September, the small, seaside town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, will give a condom to any student in grades 1 through 12 who asks for one — but only if they listen to a "birds and the bees" talk first.
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 24, 2010

Today’s Lady News: New Male Birth Control Stops Men From Producing Semen

Will this be Depo Provera for dudes?! Eighty British couples are participating in a two-year-long trial to test a male contraceptive jab which tricks the brain into stopping sperm production. Doctors said the male contraceptive jab has been 99 percent effective so far and sperm counts should return to normal when me…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2010

Guys, You Are Not The Only Ones Who Hate Condoms

Exciting things are happening in my lady parts: I've gone back on the birth control pill. After a few years of being single and not getting enough sex to justify a Yaz prescription, I'm once again getting boned on the regular. My guy is definitely thrilled the condoms can finally come…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 19, 2010

Hillary Clinton: “We Cannot Accept The Ongoing Marginalization Of Half The World’s Population”

No one can deny Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been a longtime, committed supporter of the rights of women and girls globally—especially the right for women to plan their pregnancies. Clinton spoke this afternoon at the International Conference on Population and Development on the 15th anniversary of its historic Cairo summit, whe…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 8, 2010

Condoms As Popular As The Pill For Young Women

A new study has found that British women under the age of 50 choose condoms for birth control as often as they choose the Pill. This is the first time the two contraceptives have been used equally (each is used by 25 percent of women under 50) since statistics have been collected. Campaig…
By: Wendy Atterberry / October 22, 2009

Where Opera Meets Contraception

The Contraception Opera, "starring sperm and egg," combines two of my favorite things -- sex education and interpretive dance! Genius. [via BuzzFeed]…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 24, 2009

Pullout Method Almost As Effective As Condoms

Authors of a new paper in Contraception magazine say that the withdrawal method is as effective as condoms when it comes to pregnancy prevention. They say "typical use" of the withdrawal method results in pregnancy 18 percent of the time, versus 17 percent for typical use of condoms. The lead author, Rachel K.
By: Annika Harris / July 21, 2009

Should Sex Educators Teach The Withdrawal Method?

In an upcoming issue of Contraception, Rachel K. Jones of the Guttmacher Institute makes the case that sex educators should start teaching the withdrawal method as a form of birth control. Jones argues that when practiced properly, the withdrawal method is quite effective at preventing pregnancy, and only four percent of those who use it…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 21, 2009

Plan B To Be Available To 17 And Up Without Prescription

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the FDA to make the Plan B morning-after birth control pill available without a prescription to women 17 and up. In a very crime show-sounding ruling, the court said, "The FDA repeatedly and unreasonably delayed issuing a decision on Plan B for suspect reasons." How sordid! Apparently, the FDA only…
By: Catherine Strawn / March 24, 2009

U.S. Teen Birth Rate Up Again

President Barack Obama has been in office for more than 50 days, but the impact of the previous eight years is still leaving an impression. According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, 2007 marked the second straight year teen birth rates rose in the…
By: Annika Harris / March 19, 2009

There Still Aren’t Condoms In The Pope’s Carry On

"[The AIDS epidemic in Africa] is a tragedy that cannot be overcome by money alone, that cannot be overcome through the distribution of condoms, which even aggravates the problems.... It is of great concern that the fabric of African life, its very source of hope and stability, is threatened by divorce, abortion, prostitution, human trafficking…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 17, 2009