Birth Control News
February 18, 2020

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Cost Savings from Same-Day Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

According to a new study, providing adolescents seeking birth control the ability to obtain a long-acting reversible contraceptive on the same day as their clinic visit could lead to significant cost ... read more

Contraceptive Jewelry Could Offer a New Family Planning Approach

Researchers report on a technique for administering contraceptive hormones through special backings on jewelry such as earrings, wristwatches, rings or necklaces. The contraceptive hormones are ... read more

Fertility App 'Dot' Found to Be as Effective as Other Family Planning Methods

Results of a first-of-its-kind prospective study with a family planning app find it to be as effective as other modern methods for avoiding an ... read more

Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women's Recognition of Complex Emotions

Women who take the pill are nearly 10 percent worse at recognizing subtle expressions of complex emotions like pride or contempt, according to new research. Previous research suggests the ... read more
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Study Seeks to Answer Whether Effects of 'Abortion Pill' Can Be Reversed

Women who initiate medical abortion but opt to stop in the middle of treatment may be at risk for serious blood loss, a study finds. Researchers found this is true even for women who use an ... read more

Teens Taking Oral Contraceptives May Be at Increased Risk for Depressive Symptoms

Investigators report that there was no association between oral contraceptive use and depressive symptom severity in the entire population they studied (ages 16 through 25). However, they found that ... read more

Later Puberty and Later Menopause Associated With Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Women

New research shows that use of the contraceptive pill and longer menstrual cycles are associated with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), while later puberty and later menopause are ... read more

Worrisome Birth-Control Knowledge Gaps

A new study has uncovered concerning gaps in knowledge about birth control effectiveness. The research included four forms of contraception: IUDs, birth control pills, male condoms and ... read more

Yearlong Birth Control Supply Would Cut Unintended Pregnancies, Costs

By dispensing a year's worth of birth control pills up front, the VA could prevent 583 unintended pregnancies and save $2 million per year on health care costs each ... read more

How the Global Gag Rule Stifles Free Speech

A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having ... read more

Demand for Long-Acting Contraception Rose Sharply After 2016 Election

A new study finds that rates of long-acting, reversible contraception went up by 21.6 percent in the 30 days after the presidential election compared to rates at the same time of year in ... read more

Layered Cocktails Inspire New Form of Male Birth Control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side-effects such as blood clots or breast ... read more

Long-Acting Contraceptive Designed to Be Self-Administered Via Microneedle Patch

A new long-acting contraceptive designed to be self-administered by women may provide a new family planning option, particularly in developing nations where access to healthcare can be limited, a ... read more

One in Four Women at Sexual Health Clinics Reports Coercion Over Their Reproductive Lives

As many as one in four women attending sexual and reproductive healthcare services say they are not allowed to take control of their own reproductive lives, reveals a new ... read more

When It Comes to Using Birth Control, Both Intention and Attitude Matter

A new study adds to the evidence that women's intentions around becoming pregnant don't fully explain whether and how they use contraception. Rather, their attitudes toward becoming ... read more

Restrictive Abortion Laws in Northern Ireland Affect Women's Health, Study Shows

New research finds that Northern Ireland's strict abortion laws have negative consequences for women's health and well-being, suggesting a public-health rationale to decriminalize ... read more

Newer Contraceptive Pills Linked to Reduced Ovarian Cancer Risk in Young Women

New types of combined oral contraceptives (containing both lower doses of estrogens and newer progestogens) are associated with a reduced risk of ovarian cancer, in young women, finds a large ... read more

Adolescents Seeking Abortions Without Parental Consent Face Numerous Hurdles

Adolescents under the age of 18 seeking abortions without a parent's consent often undergo a series of humiliating, burdensome and unpredictable hurdles as they try to navigate the legal system, ... read more

Women With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Have Almost Double the Rate of Repeat Pregnancy

Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have nearly double the rate of having another baby within a year of delivering compared to women without such disabilities, according to a new ... read more

Why US Residents Seek Abortion Medication Online

Seeking abortion medications online can be a response to clinic access barriers both in states with and without restrictive abortion laws and can occur when self-managed abortion is preferred over ... read more

Teen Pregnancy and Birth Rates at an All Time Low in Minn.

Pregnancy and birth rates continue to decline for 15-19-year-olds in Minnesota, with rates decreasing the most among youth from communities of color. Researchers attribute the decline to a ... read more

Drug Combination Offers More Effective Care for Patients Suffering Miscarriage

A combination of the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol can help bring closure to some women and their families suffering from miscarriage, and reduces the need for surgical intervention to complete ... read more

Having an Abortion Does Not Lead to Depression

Having an abortion does not increase a woman's risk for depression, according to a new study of nearly 400,000 women. Previous research has found abortion does not harm women's mental ... read more

Women's Preference for Masculine Faces Not Linked With Hormones

Data from almost 600 participants show that women's perceptions of male attractiveness do not vary according to their hormone levels, in contrast with some previous ... read more

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