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Groundbreaking Legal Decision in Essure Lawsuit

August 9, 2016 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News, Birth Control Side Effects, Essure

You don’t have to make too many searches regarding the permanent birth control device, Essure, to learn of the thousands of women who are furious with the manufacturer and have filed Essure lawsuits.

From excruciating abdominal pain and trails of blood to the bathroom, to severe headaches to total hysterectomies, Essure’s side effects have prompted women to take action and file lawsuits. However, even after thousands of women had signed petitions and wanted to file a lawsuit, their claims were likely to be denied due “federal preemption.”

What is Federal Preemption in the Essure Lawsuit?

What preemption means in Essure’s case is that since the device’s marketing and warning labels were approved by the Food and Drug Administration, then there is no legal recourse. This is where the groundbreaking decision lies as

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Do You Know Which Birth Control Method is the Most Effective?

October 18, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

If you think you know which birth control method is most effective, the answer might surprise you.

The Huffington Post published quite the alarming infographic on Oct. 9. Titled “Only 1 in 5 Women Know Which Birth Control Method is Most Effective,” the graphic lays out our misconceptions about birth control versus the truth. And it also makes a pretty darn good point about abstinence.

The infographic is based on a survey published in The American College of Nurse Midwives. When asked what method of birth control was most effective:

73.8% of women went with abstinence. 56.6% voted for the pill. 20.3% put their faith in IUDs. 13.0% got behind the Implant. So Who Was Right?

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Teen Birth Rate On a Steady Decline

September 9, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

Education about effective birth control works!

The teen birth rate is on a steady decline, according to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. And more widespread use of birth control seem to be the best candidate for the cause of the decline.

In 1991, the birth rate for young women between ages 15 and 19 was 61.8 per 1,000. That number has steadily decreased, and since 2007 it has fallen at a rapid rate. The 2012 birth rate is now down to 29.4 births per 1,000, a 6% decrease from the year before. This represents “a considerable one-year drop,” Dr. John Santelli told NBC News.

Contraception to Thank

According to Santelli, a pediatrician and a professor of population and family health at

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Young Women are Relying Too Much on Pull-Out Method

August 9, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

A study to be published in the September issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology reports that an alarming 31% of women between the ages of 15 and 24 have relied at least once on the pull-out method, according to U.S. News and World Report.

I use the word “alarming” — and not “surprising” — for a reason. This statistic brings attention to a slew of women’s health issues and cultural issues with sex education, and as a young woman with friends who are also young women, I find it very easy to believe.

Now WHY is this troubling statistic so very believable? What are the social constructs that cause young women and young men to trust in this highly unreliable attempt at curtailing pregnancy?

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Hobby Lobby Masquerades as Religious Institution

July 23, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

For more than a year, the Obama administration has been embroiled in lawsuits over its January 2012 mandate that all institutions except churches and places of worship provide coverage to employees for contraceptive services. Employers were given until August 2013 to comply with the rule, but it quickly became evident that many organizations had no intention of funding birth control measures for their employees. Resistance came primarily from religiously affiliated employers, such as universities and hospitals, who believe the law violates religious freedom.

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Ladies, is Your Pill Making You Settle for Mr. Barely Good Enough?

June 26, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

Why do we ask? Because a study published in the July 2013 issue of Evolution and Human Behavior suggests that it might. How? By making women who are already in relationships less competitive with other women.

The study surveyed 28 women while they were on hormonal contraceptives during both fertile and non-fertile times in their normal cycle. Half of the women were in committed relationships, and the other half were single. The results found that the women who were in relationships experienced fewer feelings of woman-to-woman rivalry while they were taking the pill.

The upshot is that women on the pill may be less likely to fight to keep their men. How does this equate to settling for less? The idea is that the desirable men go to

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Alarming Number of Men Sabotaging Partners’ Birth Control

June 7, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

“Reproductive coercion.” The sound of the term makes me cringe. But, not as much as the reality that it describes. A report published on May 6, 2013, by the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology, reports that an alarming 16% of women have experienced a male partner’s attempts to get them pregnant against their will. Poking holes in condoms is not just a baby-crazy woman’s move. Men have reportedly gone as far as stealing money to prevent the purchase of pills, robbing the pill pack of all active pills and even pulling out the woman’s IUD.

I am not sure “coercion” is a strong enough word. Back in 2011, a New York Times article reported on the phenomenon, linking it to abusive relationships and low-income

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Re-Thinking Old Fashioned Condom Design

April 30, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control, Birth Control for Men, Birth Control News, Condoms

Over the last 50 years, there has been tremendous advancement in the field of birth control — not just socially, but technologically as well. Pill options have expanded to include lower-dose, acne-fighting, PMS-busting hormone combinations. The IUD, once a poster child of a faulty medical device, is experiencing a resurgence and is hailed as a safe and effective option. There are the patch and the ring for those who don’t want to take a pill every day, and even a shot for those who are more afraid of babies than they are of needles.

But what about the condom? You can get them in all different colors and even flavors. Love bacon? This one might be for you. Besides dressing them up in different

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No ID Required: Plan B Age Restrictions Lifted

April 11, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News, Emergency Contraceptives, Legislation

On April 5, a  judge chastised the Obama administration for its conservative stance on access to emergency contraception. In a Freaky Friday-ish turn of events, Judge Edward Korman overturned a ruling restricting access to Plan B, ruling that it must be made available to females of all ages within 30 days.

That’s right. By next month, Plan B will be available over-the-counter to anyone. No ID required. That is, if the administration does not try to appeal the ruling.

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Happy Anniversary to the Legalization of Birth Control for ALL Women!

March 26, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control News

We just passed the anniversary of a pivotal moment in women’s reproductive rights. Forty-one years ago, on March 22, 1972, the Supreme Court legalized birth control for all women — married or not — in Eisenstadt v. Baird.

That means a mere 41 years ago, single women had no guaranteed legal right to contraception.