If you’ve used the same birth control method since you started using contraception, you might want to re-evaluate if it’s working for you, gynecologist Dr. Jessica Shepherd told Insider. Painful or heavy periods, conditions like hypertension and high blood pressure, and a recent change in your relationship status are all […]
The editors of Fertility and Sterility published a letter opposing the seating of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. Barrett’s belief that life begins at fertilisation could lead her to rule against access to contraception and safe fertility treatments. Medical journals have recently been commenting on political issues […]
There are concerns that Roe v. Wade, a Supreme Court decision that protected the right to abortion access, could be overturned depending on who replaces the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Pro-choice advocates also fear challenges that could make birth control more expensive or difficult to access. As such, contraceptive […]
A global condom shortage is becoming of increasing concern as some of the world’s largest production centres shut down for the foreseeable future. A shortage could last for months and leave humanitarian programs that prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections from getting their supplies. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
Emergency contraceptives, like Plan B One-Step, use a synthetic hormone called levonorgestrel, which mimics the sex hormone progesterone, which prevents ovulation and, hence,pregnancy. Plan B contains three times more levonorgestrel than a regular birth control pill. As a result, this large, concentrated dose can cause side effects like fatigue, nausea, […]
Hormones from birth-control pills can travel through showers, toilets, and washing machines to local wastewater facilities. In his book, “Troubled Water,” activist Seth Siegel writes that birth-control pills add more than 10 million doses of synthetic estrogen to US wastewater every day. From there, the hormones could get discharged into […]
The condom was invented more than 5,000 years ago. While it’s made some strides since then, men are still left with few options for birth control, besides a vasectomy. It’s not due to a lack of interest, but a lack of funding for research – and biology. Men produce millions […]
A new startup called YourChoice Therapeutics aims to bring the first hormone-free male and female birth control drug to market. The company debuted at a recent demo day hosted by Silicon Valley tech hub Y Combinator. Stacked with researchers from UC Berkeley, the startup has published several basic studies in […]
If a woman gets pregnant while on contraception, it’s usually assumed she hasn’t been taking it properly. But according to new research, this may not be true, and a certain gene may affect how the hormones are broken down in the body. The study from the University of Colorado Anschutz […]
Birth-control app Natural Cycles has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration – the first app to be approved for contraception in North America. The app uses an algorithm to tell women when they have the highest and lowest chances of getting pregnant, but it ultimately relies on […]
About 2% of the population have an STI called Mycoplasma genitalium. It has similar symptoms to chlamydia, but it is more resistant to antibiotics. Doctors have warned it could become a superbug if not treated properly. It’s not a great time to be having unprotected sex. Cases of syphilis are […]
A new review of 30 years of research has concluded that progestin contraceptives do not cause depression. This contradicts a large study from Denmark that found women had a 34% increased risk of depression by taking that pill. There is still research to be done in the area, as there […]
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A Republican-controlled Ohio House revived a vetoed “heartbeat bill” to ban abortions in the state. The legislation would prevent abortions – including in cases of rape and incest – after an embryo’s heartbeat is detected, typically around week six of pregnancy. Most women don’t know they’re pregnant until seven weeks […]
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