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Hormone-Based Birth Control Linked to a Dark Side Effect

Women on hormonal contraception more likely to be prescribed an antidepressant: study

(Newser) - Anyone who's struggled with mood swings while on hormonal birth control may not be surprised to hear that a new study suggests using such birth control could increase the risk of depression. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen looked at more than a million women ages 15 to 34,... More »

A Birth Control Pill for Men Is One Step Closer to Reality

Researchers say they'll be ready for animal tests in 6 months

(Newser) - Right now, men really only have three choices when it comes to birth control: condoms, a vasectomy, or pulling out, Tech Times reports. But after decades of false starts, a male version of the pill is one step closer to hitting pharmacies, according to Broadly . "It would be wonderful... More »

Pharmacists Will Prescribe Birth Control in 2 States

Women in California and Oregon just have to undergo a quick screening

(Newser) - More than half of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the US each year are unplanned, according to the Guttmacher Institute . Oregon and California policymakers are trying to buck that trend with what the New York Times calls "groundbreaking" new laws that would allow birth control to be doled... More »

There's Better Birth Control for Teens Than the Pill

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends IUDs, implants

(Newser) - The American Academy of Pediatrics has updated its policy on birth control, and the pill clocks in at a distant fourth in terms of recommended methods for teen girls. The new guidance advises that teens use long-acting methods like IUDs or hormonal implants, which are almost 100% effective and do... More »

Birth Control Shot for Guys May Be Here by 2017

Long-lasting Vasalgel contraceptive would require just a single injection

(Newser) - There may be another birth control option headed our way, and the guys will get to take the lead on this one. The Parsemus Foundation has tested an injectable, non-hormonal polymer contraceptive on male baboons that appears to successfully prevent pregnancy in females, Medical Daily reports. The procedure, which requires... More »

Mice Point Way to Male Birth Control Pill

Researcher: pill could arrive in 10 years

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered a way to block male mice from fatherhood—with minimal side effects. The technique, which could help lead to a male birth control pill, doesn't mess with hormones or with sperm itself, AFP reports. Instead, it affects sperm's ability to travel through the male body.... More »

OB/GYN Group Backs Over-the-Counter Birth Control

But move is unlikely anytime soon

(Newser) - Women shouldn't need a prescription or doctor's exam to buy birth control pills, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists declared yesterday, in a statement that the AP says comes as something of a surprise given that the doctors who make up the organization make a lot of... More »

Gene Discovery May Yield Men's Birth Control Pill

Fertility gene plays a big role in sperm production

(Newser) - Scientists could be a big step closer to inventing a birth control pill for men. New research at the University of Edinburgh has pinpointed a gene called Katnal 1 that manages the final stages of sperm development, reports the Daily Telegraph . In theory, the work could lead to a new... More »

Doctors 'Hold Birth Control Hostage'

Stephanie Mencimer: Pap smear guidelines are a scam

(Newser) - A doctor had Stephanie Mencimer "over a barrel," she writes in Mother Jones : "Come in for a pelvic exam, or I won't refill your birth control pills." Mencimer not only refused to take another Pap smear—and risk "the ensuing misery" of a false... More »

Women Overrate the Pill, Condoms

Many don't realize they're usually not as effective as IUDs, implants: study

(Newser) - Women tend to think that birth control pills and condoms are more effective than they actually are, say the authors of a new study. What's more, when women learn about the full range of options of available, they're far more likely to choose an IUD or a contraceptive... More »

Hey, Men: Contraception Is Your Fight, Too

This is not just a women's issue: Glenn W. Smith and James Moore

(Newser) - Women may be the people who actually take birth control pills, but men benefit from the practice just the same. The pill "has made our sex lives a lot simpler, and let's admit it, a hell of a lot more enjoyable," write Glenn W. Smith and James... More »

Make Birth Control Over the Counter

The pill is as safe as everything else in the drug store: Virginia Postrel

(Newser) - The controversy over oral contraceptives raises one obvious question: Why the heck aren't they available over the counter? "True, making the pill available over the counter could reduce the amount of outrage and invective available for entertaining radio audiences," Virginia Postrel of Bloomberg quips. "But the... More »

The Male 'Pill': Ready for Testing

Contraceptive pill for men may be just a decade away

(Newser) - Will men take it? Will women believe men are taking it? However this unfolds, the male contraceptive pill may be only a decade away, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Researchers at the University of Kansas are so confident about their male contraceptive pill that they're ready to seek... More »

New Hampshire GOP Moves to Alter Birth Control Law

It has been in place for 12 years without controversy

(Newser) - New Hampshire has had a law on the books for 12 years requiring insurers' prescription drug plans to cover birth control, and it hasn't drawn the slightest bit of controversy—until now. With contraception suddenly a national issue, Republicans are trying to add a religious exemption to the mandate,... More »

Rick Santorum: Birth Control Is 'Not OK'

Video surfaces of Santorum decrying moral hazards of protected sex

(Newser) - Rick Santorum thinks contraceptive use is wrong and a danger to the country, he declares in a video clip that's racing across the blogosphere today. In an October interview with the evangelical blog Caffeinated Thoughts, Santorum volunteers that, as president, he'd confront the "dangers of contraception" and... More »

If Faulty Pfizer Pills Result in Pregnancy, Can You Sue?

Yes, in most states: Slate

(Newser) - If you unintentionally get pregnant because you were on Pfizer's recalled birth control pills , can you sue? In most states, the answer is yes, writes Brian Palmer in Slate's Explainer column. That's because most US courts recognize the "unwanted conception" or "unwanted pregnancy" tort, which... More »

Pfizer Recalls Birth Control Pills

Some may not contain enough contraceptive to be effective

(Newser) - Pfizer is yanking about a million packs of birth control pills off of shelves nationwide over concerns that they don't contain enough contraceptive to be effective, reports Reuters . The recall, announced yesterday, affects lots of Lo/Ovral-28, Norgestrel, and Ethinyl Estradiol; due a packaging error, some packets contain too many... More »

Students Set Up Own Birth Control Clinic at Catholic Fordham U

They're protesting health insurance that doesn't cover what they need

(Newser) - Angry students at a prestigious Catholic university in Manhattan set up their own one-day birth control clinic to protest health service restrictions on contraception. Doctors at the make-shift clinic a block from Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus doled out free condoms and birth control prescriptions at the operation organized... More »

Oops: Maker of Birth-Control Pills Issues Recall

Qualitest Pharmaceuticals cites 'packaging error'

(Newser) - Maybe some interesting child-support cases in the offing? An Alabama pharmaceuticals company messed up the order of its birth-control pills and has issued a recall, reports ABC News . It includes this not-so-welcome warning: "As a result of this packaging error, the daily regimen for these oral contraceptives may be... More »

No More Co-Pay for Birth Control: Obama

New preventive health rules require insurers to cover cost

(Newser) - Women can say goodbye to co-pays on birth control: Health insurance companies will soon have to cover the cost themselves, the Obama administration says. It’s part of expanded preventive care for women , including coverage of breast pumps, “well woman” physicals, and STD counseling, the AP reports. Insurance firms... More »

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