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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?


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.


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


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.