When it comes to birth control, the benefits are endless: relief of medical issues including endometriosis, lowering the risk of ovarian cysts, and preventing unplanned pregnancies.
Now, birth control can prevent endometrial cancer! Yay, birth control! In a new study published via The Lancet, it was revealed the pill has prevented 400,000 cases of endometrial cancer, while earlier studies have proven birth control cuts the risk of ovarian cancer in half.
If you don’t know what endometrial cancer is, that’s okay. Read More
At the University of California, San Francisco, women will now be able to get over-the-counter hormonal birth control (the options are the pill, the patch, or the ring) at the Walgreens pharmacy on campus.
This development is part of SB 493, a 2013 California law allowing pharmacists to prescribe hormonal contraception. Beyond contraception, pharmacists will be able to administer some vaccinations, order lab tests, and prescribe some other medications. The idea is to make basic healthcare more accessible to patients, which—all in all—sounds great to us. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on May 12, 2015
In news that will make you say OH HELL NO, insurance companies are still trying to wriggle their way out of paying for your birth control.
The National Women's Law Center recently released not one but TWO studies that found evidence of insurance companies ignoring provisions in the Affordable Care Act that require FDA-approved methods of birth control be covered without a co-pay or other charges. Read More
BY Rebecca Peterson
on Oct 20, 2014
1. The Pill – Honor the pregnancy-free Halloween hook up with this simple pumpkin design. All you need to do is pour yourself a drink and carve a big ol’ circle. More ambitious pumpkin carvers can attempt to carve the entire pill pack. Pro tip: Sketch your circle before hand using the bottom of a glass.
2. The Vagina – Not all women have vaginas, but all women can have a vagina jill-o-lantern. Your living room window sill will never look more urethral. Looking to step up your game? Go for the more complex anatomic novelty – the uterus. Read More
BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 16, 2014
Finally. A new form of birth control for men may be available to the public as early as 2017. Yes, ladies, it is actually going to happen. Cue celebratory dance.
According to the Parsemus Foundation, Vasalgel is a non-hormonal contraceptive option that has proved so successful in trials with baboons that scientists believe they’re just about ready to start testing it on humans. The contraceptive requires a single treatment to be effective, as opposed to female oral contraception which necessitates a daily dose. Read More
BY Oriana Asano
on Apr 01, 2014
If you ever needed a country music video to give you a reason to take birth control, look no further. Country/Comedy duo Reformed Whores (Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame) released a hilarious music video to remind us girls that our reproductive rights are important, especially to stave off all those creepy baby dolls. Belting out reasons like “I know the pill makes me fat, with a baby I’d be twice the size of that,” Reformed Whores unapologetically defend the pill with some sardonic wit. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Oct 10, 2013
Oh, dear. We all know Roman Polanski has done some terrible things to girls and women, and I guess he hasn’t learned anything since his rape conviction in 1977. At the Cannes Film Festival, the director railed against the birth control pill, saying that it “has changed the place of women in our times.”
What place? The place of the virgin or the mother? While both have been used iconographically in his films, I’m shocked to hear that he might actually expect all women to conform to the specific lifestyle he prefers. YUCK. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Sep 27, 2013
Birth control is an extremely personal choice for each couple and for each woman. For some, an IUD feels risky, a condom less pleasurable, a daily pill impractical. Doctors are constantly on the lookout for breakthroughs that might allow for more convenient and safe contraception.
A recent push from both medical experts and the masses for “post-fertilization contraception” might provide a solution for some women. A “pregnancy-disrupting drug [designed to be taken once a month] already exists,” reports New York Magazine’s Kat Stoeffel. Read More
BY Ellyn Kail
on Sep 12, 2013
To some, birth control pills and condoms are no longer the gateways to women’s liberation that they were in they days of Margaret Sanger and her colleagues. New York Magazine’s Ann Friedman recently wrote a piece entitled “No Pill? No Prob. Meet the Pullout Generation” in which she discusses the possible benefits of "pulling out," especially for women. 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