Posts tagged "contraceptives"

The University Of Oregon Is Using A Rape Victim’s Counseling Notes For Their Investigation

The University of Oregon is claiming that they can access a rape victim’s counseling records from the help she sought on-campus after her assault as part of their investigation -- and technically, they’re right.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 4, 2015

8 Useless Things I Learned In Home Economics Class (And How They Failed Me)

In middle school, I took a cooking class and a "life skills" class, each of which promised to prepare me for fancy grown-up tasks like adequately feeding myself, running a household and holding a baby the right way. Instead, I learned a slew of pointless tasks that did nothing to prepare me for grownup-dom. High school…

By: Claire Hannum / October 6, 2014

Obama Settles Birth Control Debate, Telling Insurers They Must Pick Up Tab If Employer Won’t

Every woman will have access to birth control under the Obama administration's latest decision regarding health care reform, which was meant to appease Catholic bishops who balked at a previous iteration of the rule. White House officials stated on Friday that insurers must create a policy that doesn't offer coverage of contraceptives that can be used…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 13, 2012

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 on something…

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

Birth Control Should Be Covered By Health Care Plans, Says Report

Health care plans should cover birth control, STD screening, HPV testing, and other services for women without co-pays, according to an independent panel of doctors from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). President Obama's new health care reform requires "preventative care" services be covered and the Obama administration asked that the IOM assess which services fell…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 20, 2011

Health Care Reform Might Require Coverage Of Birth Control

For the past three years, I have not taken any birth control pills and instead solely relied on condoms for contraception. These past few years, I have been a full-time freelancer without health insurance and I have prioritized paying for my anti-depressant prescription — anywhere from $100 to $120 bucks a month, depending on the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 3, 2011

Late-Night TV: India’s Latest Weapon Against Overpopulation

India has a rather novel idea to curb overpopulation -- late-night TV! Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad wants the country to increase efforts to bring electricity to the country's rural areas in the hopes that watching late-night TV will kill the libidos of this huge population and discourage procreation. "If there i…

By: Annika Harris / July 14, 2009

Teens Aren’t Keen On Using Contraception, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ve Stopped Going At It

It's a good thing abstinence-only advocates are tweaking their message, because the old one didn't seem to be working. According to a study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Guttmacher Institute, teens' contraceptive use declined 10 percent from 2003 to 2007, but their level of sexual activity remained the same. The…

By: Catherine Strawn / June 23, 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

The Daily Squeeze: Marketing Of The Pill & A “Grey’s Anatomy” SPOILER

You know how Yaz manufacturers push its skin-clearing abilities more than the contraceptive benefits in its commercials? That's no accident. In an effort to encourage better compliance, many birth control manufacturers and doctors are promoting the secondary health benefits of contraception. [New York Times]…

By: Annika Harris / December 5, 2008

Pro-Life Pharmacies Will Not Fill Your Birth Control Prescription

DMC Pharmacy in Chantilly, Virginia, will sell everything from cold meds to contact solution when it opens this summer, but if you want condoms, birth control pills, or any other form of contraception, you'd better head in the other direction. The "pro-life pharmacy" sticks to a strict policy of not offering its patrons contraception or…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 16, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: Contraceptives, Peaking Early, And Fake Blood

Teens are more likely to use contraceptives if they're in a romantic relationship with their partner than if it's a casual thing. This may seem illogical, but not many of the actions performed under the influence of teenage hormones make any sense. [Washington Post] Some Asian women in Britain who have been sexually active are…

By: Catherine Strawn / March 4, 2008

The Daily Squeeze: A Headache Cure (Or Cause), Plasma TVs, And Britain’s Sex Drive

Sometimes sex can cure headaches and sometimes sex can cause headaches. Perhaps it depends on how good the sex is? [ABC] A survey done by British electronics company Comet found that 47 percent of men (and 35 percent of women) would give up sex for six months in exchange for a 50" plasma TV, illustrating…

By: Catherine Strawn / February 6, 2008