Category: Birth Control

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Choosing the Right Contraception: There’s an App for That!

May 23, 2013 - Posted by admin to Birth Control

Trying to decide the best form of birth control for you? Yep, there’s an app for that!

Dr. Aparna Sridhar, a clinical fellow in family planning in the UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, has developed an app for the iPad to help women choose the best form of birth control based on a set of questions. Plan A Birth Control, or simply Plan ABC, lists 10 of the top birth control methods, including the IUD, pill, hormonal implant and female condom. The user selects one and then answers a suite of questions to find out if its a viable option. The application is particularly beneficial because it includes information such as actual effectiveness ratings and risks.

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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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2 Reasons We Do What We Do For You

February 9, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

We’re thrilled to announce Birth Control News will have a brand new look! We will announce the winner of the $50 Target Giveaway (you still have time to enter!) in two short days! But enough about us. What we really want to talk about is YOU.

We live in the age of information. Yet, somehow much of people’s knowledge of contraceptive is based on old wives tales or misinformation. And why not, when the info is disseminated from trustworthy sources, such as parents, teachers, religious leaders, etc? Well, the Why Not is the most important part. The Why Not is the difference between planned and unplanned pregnancy, the difference between being healthy and living with a sexually transmitted disease for life, the difference between being a victim of circumstance

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3 Weird Things You Never Knew About Birth Control

February 8, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Just 3 days until Birth Control News reveals its beautiful new face to you! Have you entered to win our celebratory giveaway of a $50 Target gift card?! Enter below or on our Facebook page. And now, strange but true facts about birth control… 1. The Pill may affect women’s taste in men.

How much does hormonal birth control (the Pill, the Shot, Ortho Evra Patch, NuvaRing, Mirena IUD and Implanon) determine the man a woman chooses to date?

Scientists have found that a major component of women’s attraction to a certain man is his major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. Indicators of a man’s MHC genes are found in his scent. Typically, women are attracted to men with MHC genes different from theirs,

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Who Said That? 4 Celebrity Quotes about Birth Control

February 7, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

With only 4 days to go, we’re nearly halfway to the unveiling of the new Birth Control News! You still have time to enter to win our $50 Target gift card giveaway! Enter below or on our Facebook page!

Read these 4 quotes about birth control, and then guess which famous person said each of them. Answers at the bottom of the blog! 

 

1. “Birth control that really works: Every night before we go to bed we spend an hour with our kids.”

A. Tori Spelling

B. Roseanne Barr

C. Gavin Rossdale

2. “Neglect of an effective birth control policy is a never-failing source of poverty which, in turn, is the parent of revolution and crime.”

A. Winston Churchill

B. Ronald Reagan

C. Aristotle

3. “Political analysts say

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6 Perks to “the Implant” Birth Control

February 5, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Only 6 days until you get to meet the new Birth Control News! To celebrate this exciting news, we are giving away a $50 Target gift card. Enter below or on our Facebook page. What is the Implant? Sold under brand name Implanon, this small plastic rod is implanted in the inside of a woman’s upper arm to provide continuous birth control. Below we tell you what is so great about this tiny device with a huge impact: 1. No Babies as Far as the Eye Can See

Implanon continuously prevents pregnancy for up to 3 years, although it can be removed earlier if the woman is ready to have a child. No daily pill, monthly ring/patch or quarterly shot — just one administration of

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Why Don’t We Talk About Birth Control?

January 17, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Are you afraid to share, retweet or “like” this blog? If so, you’re not alone.

Many people are unwilling to publicly show their support for the use of birth control. Perhaps they want to keep it a private matter. Maybe they’re not having sex or don’t believe in birth control for their own use. Or they might think people will judge them for talking about it.

The reality is that birth control – as well as a lack of knowledge of, conversation about and use of it – concerns all of us. If you can answer “yes” to any of the following questions, you have an important stake in the contraception conversation:

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Pregnancy Myth #6: I don’t have sex often enough to use a regular birth control, such as the Pill.

January 4, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Pregnancy Myth:

I don’t have sex often enough to use a regular birth control, such as the Pill.

Fact:

If a woman’s sexual activity is sporadic, there are other methods that can be used on an as-needed basis. These include condoms (most effective in combination with a spermicide) and the Today Sponge. The Sponge remains effective for 24 hours, so a woman can insert it in the morning for an entire day of protection. However, some women appreciate the constant protection afforded by regular birth control such as the Pill, the Patch, the Ring, the Shot, IUDs, etc., so that they’re always prepared for spontaneous sexual activity.

Check out this page for more pregnancy myths to

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Pregnancy Myth #5: When I’m on the Pill, I won’t get pregnant or contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

December 28, 2012 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Myth:

When I’m on the Pill, I won’t get pregnant or contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Fact:

The Pill does not protect against HIV or sexually transmitted diseases. When used correctly, the Pill is an effective method of birth control, but no method is 100% effective, except abstinence.

For more information on preventing sexually transmitted infections or diseases, read this blog. What find out may shock you.

Check out this page for more pregnancy myths to make sure you’re practicing the safest sex possible!

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Should Birth Control Pills be Available Over the Counter?

November 28, 2012 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control

Birth control pills should be available without a prescription, says The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Do you agree? Vote below!

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ACOG, the largest OB-GYN organization, weighed the pros and cons of allowing birth control pills to be purchased over the counter, and came out in favor of it in November 2012. The main reason the organization cited was that an increase in the accessibility of birth control will lead to fewer unintended pregnancies.

ACOG has made its decision. Where do you stand? Below we discuss pros and cons. We encourage you to add your own opinions in the comments below.