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Like many sexually active, heterosexual women, I have had my fair share of experiences with men trying to explain to me that condoms just don’t “work” for them. I’m a little embarrassed to report that in my younger years when I was less experienced and much less confident, I might have tried to convince them otherwise or negotiate some way for us to have sex anyway (usually ending up doing it on his terms). Thankfully, these days I have no problem just saying, “that’s bullshit” and “this ain’t happening unless you wrap it up. Read More
Which sounds more deadly: pregnancy or heart attack? What about blood clots? Stroke? Apparently NuvaRing thinks these risks are a fair price to pay for preventing unwanted pregnancies. “Like pregnancy, combination hormonal birth control methods increase the risk of serious blood clots,” so while you get to skip the baby, you can’t avoid the side of effects of pregnancy! You lucky girl. Erika Langhart, 24, was a victim of NuvaRing, which caused “pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks and subsequent irreversible brain swelling. Read More
  The average American woman uses more than 16,000 tampons in her lifetime, yet the history behind our cotton comrades remains a mystery to many.  The commercial tampon as we know it today is actually a significant cultural artifact and a feat of technical engineering that has been shaped by many invisible forces throughout time.  The Atlantic dove into the long and fraught history of these small wonders. Here are a few surprising facts. 1. Read More
In this awesome C-Span footage from 2009, Hillary Clinton responds to Rep. Christopher Smith’s question about the role of the U.S. government supporting access to safe abortion, contraception, and education on an international platform. She instantly defends the reproductive rights of women and family planning, stating: “We are now an administration that will protect the rights of women including their rights to reproductive healthcare.” Hillary also touches on the work she did as First Lady and the sorry state of reproductive health after the Bush administration. Read More
You might think that since scientists have been working on a male birth control option for ages, there would be a solution by now. Unfortunately, since the creation of the birth control pill (and since the beginning of time), the responsibility onus has largely fallen on women. Now, new trials in Indonesia suggest we might have a male birth control pill in the near future. That’s right: boys and men, on the pill. This could be a reality very soon. For Indonesia at least. Except that … this development isn’t entirely new. Read More
In June, Hobby Lobby became the world’s most infamous craft store after the Supreme Court ruled that the company could deny employees' birth control based on religious objections. Of course, this landmark decision has open up a stream of terrible implications regarding birth control rights for other employees across America, potentially limiting access for those who cannot afford expensive, out-of-pocket prescriptions. Read More
The GOP is apparently trying to figure out why, oh why, they aren’t getting more of the female vote!  It is strange that a group so devoted to saving women from their heathen desire for contraception could consistently rank behind their democratic competitors in the polls. Lucky for them, they’ve got North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers to advise them in their quest to win over female voters. Read More
  Finally, some good news out of Washington.  Yesterday, Democratic Senators Patty Murray (WA) and Mark Udall (CO) introduced a new law in response to the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby ruling.  The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act plans on doing just what its title suggests. It would make it illegal for any for-profit organization to deny its workers of health care guaranteed under federal law, namely contraception.  This act, if passed, would mean an immediate turnover of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Read More
The pill.  IUDs.  Spermicides.  Diaphragms.  There are many, many forms of contraception.  And, let’s be honest, they can be a total pain.  Lucky for us, even the current anti-contraceptive political climate hasn’t stopped researchers from continuing to pursue an effective, easy, and worry-free form of birth control.  MicroCHIPS is working to develop a contraceptive chip which can be activated, deactivated, and reactivated using a remote. Read More
Hobby Lobby, the company behind the Supreme Court’s anti-contraception ruling, has been profiting from the same contraception products that they sought to deny from the Affordable Care Act. Read More