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Back On Birth Control (Minutes) After Baby

The furthest thing from your mind in the delivery room? Delivering yet another baby. To help new moms take charge of their family planning, some insurance plans are covering birth control implants like IUDs immediately after birth. Because of expanding Medicaid coverage nationwide, the service has jumped from being available in zero states... Read more

#TBT: Birth Control Hit Shelves 55 Years Ago

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In 1960, two little words rocked the worlds of American women: "The Pill." Although the FDA had previously given the green light for hormone pills, this approval was limited to ones that treated menstrual issues, like irregular cycles or PMS. In May of 1960, that all changed when the FDA approved Enovid as the first-ever hormone pill... Read more

A Birth Control Pill For Guys Is Coming

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Attention world: A male version of the Pill is in the works. Correction: Multiple male versions of the Pill are in the works. Two hormone-free options are already up for clinical trials. Gendarussa, an herbal male contraceptive, works by preventing sperm's ability to fertilize an egg. Two rounds of human trials in Indonesia have... Read more

Progesterone Contraceptive Ring Declared Safe For Breastfeeding Moms

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Nursing moms: The World Health Organization (WHO) has an announcement just for you. The progesterone contraceptive vaginal ring (CVR), developed by the Population Council, has been added to WHO's list of essential medicines. Why is this significant? Inclusion on the essential medicines list clarifies that contraceptive rings can be a safe birth control... Read more

Why IUDs are More Effective Than You Thought

Their popularity is on the rise, and now their duration might be too; researchers think that intrauterine devices (IUDs) and hormonal implants may work for one year longer than their intended length of use. A new study, published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, looked at 263 woman using the IUD Mirena and 237 using... Read more

You Might Start Getting a Contraceptive Lesson at the Dermatologist

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The dermatologist's office isn't the place you'd typically associated with birth control education (unless you're on the pill for acne-related reasons, but let's not get nitpicky). But a new study found it might be the most effective place to offer contraceptive counseling. Published Feb. 4 in the journal JAMA Dermatology, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Read more

Unplanned Pregnancies Are on the Decline

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Unintended pregnancy rates are falling across the US, according to a new study from the Guttmacher Institute. While the rates aren't consistent across the board, 28 states did see a drop in unintended pregnancies of 5 percent or more since 2006. This decline coincides with the introduction of new, more effective birth control methods... Read more

Do You Think Birth Control Should Be OTC?

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As a new mom, you may have a lot of questions about resuming birth control after baby. When do you start? How will the hormones effect your post-baby body? What if you're breastfeeding? Now, the question of accessibility is also being brought front-and-center. In an effort to make access to contraceptives easier, the... Read more

Birth Control You Can Turn On and Off?

You're ready to have a baby, but your birth control may be telling your body otherwise, especially if you have an IUD that needs removing. Soon, switching it off could be as simple as the click of a button. The Massachusetts biotech company MicroCHIPS, backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is developing an... Read more

Can the Pill Harm Your Long-term Fertility?

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You've been reassured that it's fine, but a new study raises the issue once again: can the birth control pill mess with your long-term fertility? The answer is still probably not, but it might look like it. The study, presented by Dr. Katherine Birch Petersen from Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, shows that... Read more