BY Laurel Walsh
on May 16, 2013
Friends of Planned Parenthood in North Carolina donned their best bustles and pumps yesterday to fight the state’s latest anti-woman bill, HB730. The gals dressed up '60s style to show just how out-of-date the bill’s proposals are. They said they “love a good vintage look – but not when it’s running state legislature.” Genius!
What is it about this bill that's got their knickers in a twist? Are you sitting down? It's a doozy. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on May 16, 2013
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further! We're here to help you with honest feedback about our experiences with IUDs.
Two BUSTies have IUDs and we have a Pharmacist Tech on staff to answer common questions about the IUD. (You can read Shelby's review of Mirena here.)
There are a few misconceptions surrounding the IUD. Read More
Are you considering updating your birth control method? If you have even once thought about the intrauterine device (IUD) but don’t have all the facts, look no further. We're here to help you with honest feedback about having an IUD. Two BUSTies have IUDs – I have the Mirena, and Kelly has the Paragard. We will be covering each in sordid detail to help you make the right choice. Read More
Over-the-counter emergency contraception is now available for all! Today, the federal district court overturned the Obama administration’s age restrictions forbidding women under the age of 17 from purchasing over-the-counter emergency contraception without a prescription.
Judge Edward Korman of the District Court of Eastern New York has directed the FDA to lift the ban within 30 days, describing the previous restriction as “a strong showing of bad faith and improper political influence,” and citing Plan B as “among the safest drugs sold over the counter. Read More
Thousands of Ethiopian women in Israel are reporting receiving shots of Depo-Provera, a hormonal contraceptive, every three months in Israeli clinics without their knowledge or consent.
A documentary exposing this phenomenon was released this past December, prompting widespread shock and forcing the Israeli health ministry to investigate these claims. What the documentary revealed was that women were started on these contraceptive “jabs” while in transit camps in Ethiopia. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Feb 07, 2013
That’s right, Christian radio talk show host Kevin Swanson recently discussed some clearly accurate and well-researched findings that showed “there are these little tiny fetuses, these little babies, that are embedded into the womb…” of women using birth control pills. We know this is true because Swanson tells us that “certain doctors and scientists” have done this research. Read More
BY Genevieve Bleidner
on Jan 23, 2013
If we're to believe commercials, diverse groups of lady friends love nothing more than sitting around in yoga pants, having in-depth discussions about their two fave topics: birth control and yogurt. If you've noticed this trend, or even if you're blissfully unaware, this fake yogurt commercial from Yahoo! is a must-watch, not just because it is a damn hilarious parody of marketing ploys directed at women, then because you need (NEED) to see Weird Al’s face at the end of the vid. Pure comedy gold, I tell you. Read More
According to the American College of Obstetricians, oral contraceptives should be available over the counter, no prescription or doctor’s exam needed.
The statement, released last week on the ACOG website, argued that easier accessibility would mean more women who take oral contraceptives would obtain (and stick with) their birth control. Though no drug is risk free (the pill has been deemed safe), the College points out that other drugs like aspirin and acetaminophen are sold over the counter even though they have well-known health risks. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Nov 14, 2012
The United Nations has a message: access to contraception is a human right that will save lives and more than $11 billion in health costs, as well as help remove gender inequalities around the world.
The United Nations Population Fund recently released The State of the World Population 2011 report, titled “By Choice, Not By Chance.” The 140-page report argues for greater accessibility to family planning and contraception. Currently, 222 million women and girls in developing countries do not have access to contraception or family planning. Read More
BY Charlotte Dow
on Oct 08, 2012
A new study out of St. Louis confirms what all of us could have guessed: when given access to free birth control, women are less likely to have an unwanted pregnancy or get an abortion. More than 9,000 poor or uninsured women were given a choice of birth control methods available at no cost as part of the study conducted by the University of Washington in St. Louis on Thursday. The availability of free birth control led to only 4.4 to 7.5 abortions per 1,000 women involved, compared to an average of 13.4 to 17 per 1,000 women in the St. Read More