In an effort to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve birth outcomes, some states are working to make intrauterine devices easier for Medicaid patients to access.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are highly effective at preventing pregnancy and safe for women of all ages. Many think they are the ideal contraceptive method for adolescent girls. The American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in this week.
Rep. Gardner, who’s challenging Sen. Mark Udall for U.S. Senate, produced an advertisement citing the “American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists” as a backer of his proposal to sell contraception over-the-counter. But this group does not exist, and an organization with a similar name doesn’t support Gardner’s proposal.
During the week of World Contraception Day, which is held on September 26, EngenderHealth, a global women’s health organization, released this video that looks at some of history’s worst contraceptives. The video is part of a new campaign (WTFP?! Where’s the Family Planning?!) aimed at raising awareness among Americans about the need to expand global access to contraception. Indeed, it will make you say, “Ewww.” [via EngenderHealth]
Sen. Patty Murray has introduced a bill that would both educate the public about emergency contraception and make it available to more rape survivors who go to the emergency room.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) sent letters to the CEOs of CVS Health and Walgreens this month calling for them to correct a coding error that led to the illegal charges, and to provide remedies to women who had been unjustly charged.
On this episode of Reality Cast, I chat with Gretchen Borchelt of the National Women’s Law Center about the new wave of attacks on contraception post-Hobby Lobby. In another segment, I discuss how anti-choice politicians are championing over-the-counter birth control pills. Also, there’s more controversy over the affirmative consent bill in California.
Suing to keep grown daughters from accessing contraception, or to keep employees from having coverage for contraception from somewhere besides the health-care plan you offer? Conservatives are getting aggressive in arguing they have a right to directly interfere with your ability to get contraception, and they may win.
For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.
Vasalgel, a new method of birth control currently in development, could block the vas deferens and prevent sperm from ever being ejaculated. A new study on baboons suggests the product works, but we’ve been promised male birth control before to no avail.