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
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
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.
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,
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
3. “Political analysts say
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
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:
January 4, 2013 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control
I don’t have sex often enough to use a regular birth control, such as the Pill.
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
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
When I’m on the Pill, I won’t get pregnant or contract sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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!
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!
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.
“No condoms? No problem!”
Some studies say the more delicate sex is likelier to engage in sex without protection from pregnancy and/or STDs, while other research indicates it is men. But we want to hear from YOU!
So you’ve decided enough is enough, in the kids department at least.
Maybe you have a child, and you decided to stop with one because how could you possibly top perfection? Or perhaps your little ones outnumber you and your husband, and you have decided to stop before they take over.
Whatever the reason, there comes a time when every Mommy hits that magic number and turns to birth control to prevent the arrival of any more juniors. Of course, almost any birth control method will work just as well for Moms as it will for women without children, but some methods may appeal to Moms for a variety of reasons, such as:
methods that can be used while breastfeeding methods for Moms who are crunched for time
August 1, 2012 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control
Almost half (49%) of the 6.4 million pregnancies that occur annually in the United States are unplanned, according to a study by the Office of Population Research.
Many of these unintended pregnancies have happy endings, but studies show that, statistically, unplanned pregnancy has negative, lasting impact on the unexpected parents, the children and society as a whole.
That’s a tough pill to swallow. The following is an outline of the costs associated with unplanned pregnancies:
Cost to the Mother and Father
June 26, 2012 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control
An opinion piece by Forbes.com writer Tom Worstall argues that women who use hormonal birth control pills should have to pay an additional tax of $1,500 per year.
Worstall’s proposed “women-only” tax, which even he admits “sounds entirely absurd,” would tax every woman who uses hormonal birth control pills $1,500 annually to pay for the cost of cleaning oral contraceptive residuals from public water systems.
[Insert screeching tire sound] Wait, what?
Birth Control News brings you three of the many reasons why Mr. Worstall’s proposal fails:
1. Human Beings are not Plants
Ahem, cough. Women who use them? The last time we checked, humans hadn’t yet developed the asexual reproductive ability of plants. That is, a woman doesn’t need birth control to prevent her from
June 7, 2012 - Posted by admin to Birth Control
Birth Control News brings you the first infographic of many more to come. This one is entitled “Birth Control and Blood Clots” and illustrates the connection researchers have made with the use of birth control methods Yaz and NuvaRing, and an increased risk of blood clots.
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May 14, 2012 - Posted by Jenna Lee Dillon to Birth Control
Do you ever wish there was a pill that could take away the calories from that cake you splurged on? How about a pill to wipe away the damage to the car you backed into?
Unfortunately science hasn’t come as far as a magic medicine to keep your pant size and insurance rates down, but it does have one that helps you with another of life’s uh-oh moments: the birth control slip-up.
Maybe you forgot a pill. Maybe the condom broke. Maybe you miscounted the days in your cycle. Perhaps you were unprepared and had unprotected sex. Maybe you were forced to have sex against your will.**
Whatever the reason, there is a back-up plan available – a “Plan B,” if you will – that will
February 2, 2012 - Posted by admin to Birth Control
January 31, 2012: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a recall notice for 14 lots of Lo/Ovral-28 (generic: norgestrel and ethinyl estradiol), a contraceptive pill.
If you take Lo/Ovral-28, you may have received one of the recalled packs, and you could become pregnant.
Manufacturer Pfizer discovered that some packs may contain an inexact count of active/inactive pills or that the tablets may be out of order. This means that sexually active women may unknowingly be taking ineffective contraceptive pills and risking pregnancy.
Follow this link to see what lots have been recalled. If you have birth control from a recalled lot, contact your physician immediately. Do not continue to rely on ineffective birth control.
A little-known fact about birth control: there are two rates of effectiveness for every contraceptive method. What the public most often hears about is called the “Perfect Use” rate. This is the statistic for how often a form of contraception, such as a condom, succeeds at preventing pregnancy in a clinical setting where it is used perfectly. The more realistic rate, known as “Typical Use,” is an estimate of how successful a birth control method will be when utilized by the average person in real world situations. Visit this page for a breakdown of statistics for perfect and typical use of various birth control methods.
Why is birth control not as effective as scientists say?
All too often, people do not know how to use a contraceptive, or they