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“Ariel Grace’s Law” Intended to Remove Essure from the Market

September 28, 2016 - Posted by admin to Uncategorized

In the summer of 2015, Asheville, N.C. couple Kristiana and Travis Burrell were faced with an unimaginable task: getting through a funeral for the child they didn’t plan to have.

We never imagined in a million years that we would have to bury our own baby.”

Ariel Grace was born at 27-28 weeks gestation due to the failure of Essure, a birth control method that is meant to permanently prevent pregnancy.

Earlier that summer, Kristiana felt what seemed to be a kick in her belly. After having given birth to six children, she knew that feeling all too well, and immediately visited the doctor. The news she was given astounded her: without knowing it, Kristiana had become pregnant and was 25 weeks into gestation.

Kristiana had chosen to have


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


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?


The Essure Device: ‘Safe and Effective?’

September 24, 2013 - Posted by admin to Uncategorized

According the the Food and Drug Administration, Essure is a safe and effective form of permanent birth control for women. Similar to an intrauterine device, or IUD, it consists of two metal coils that are inserted in the Fallopian tubes. Scar tissue that build up around the coils provides a permanent barrier to sperm.

Hundreds of women are now coming forward to say that coils have caused them years of agonizing pain, an NBC station in New York City reported. Some women have even required hysterectomies to alleviate the symptoms caused by the device.

What Does the FDA Means When It Says ‘Safe and Effective?’

The FDA website reports that there have been 741 adverse event reports for Essure since it was introduced in 2002. That means


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


Your Obamacare Questions Answered

August 22, 2013 - Posted by admin to Legislation

Thank you, Jezebel, for finally providing a bit of digestible information on how Obamacare will impact women. Indeed, it already IS impacting women, with 26.9 million of them already receiving preventative care free of cost under the Affordable Care Act, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. Most of you already know the basics:

The Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to offer preventative health care free of charge. You must be insured by 2014 or you will pay a fee. Birth control will be covered free of charge — a fact that has created quite a hullabaloo.

These snippets of knowledge, however, still beg a lot of questions. Here are the answers to a few of them:


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?


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.


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


Can I Get Pregnant With an IUD Inside Me? (And Other Pressing IUD Questions)

June 20, 2013 - Posted by admin to IUD

The official stance on the Paragard and Mirena IUDs is that they are 2 of the safest and most effective forms of birth control available on the market. Millions of women use them and enjoy long-term, worry-free birth control with only a few minor side effects. But, as is true of every single medication and medical device, there is no such thing as 100% effective and completely risk-free. When deciding which birth control is right for you, the important thing is to get your questions answered and then make an educated choice. Here are the answers to some of the important questions you may have about the IUD devices.