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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 »

Why Sweden Wants to Send a Condom Into Space

Best invention ever?

(Newser) - Sweden wants everyone talking about contraceptives. So in a voice-over video message to NASA, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU) points out that the US has a long history of sending objects into outer space, and then proposes that NASA get to work on launching, well, a condom. The... 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 »

Supreme Court To Hear 4th Challenge to ObamaCare

This one is brought by religiously affiliated nonprofits

(Newser) - For the fourth time in five years, ObamaCare is going before the Supreme Court, Politico reports. This time, seven religious charities, hospitals, and colleges—including Little Sisters of the Poor and Notre Dame—are challenging the contraception mandate, which they claim violates their religious beliefs, according to the Hill . Hobby... More »

In Oregon, You Can Now Stock Up on Birth Control

First state in the country to dispense a year's worth of birth control

(Newser) - Oregon women can stock up on the birth control patch, pill, or ring after Gov. Kate Brown signed House Bill 3343 into law yesterday. The legislation, which goes into effect next year, requires insurers to offer 12-month supplies of the contraceptives, instead of the usual 30- or 90-day prescriptions. The... More »

Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Doesn't Fly: California Judge

Ruling says students should learn about STD prevention, all kinds of birth control

(Newser) - California has a sex-ed law on the books that bans schools from pushing abstinence alone in teaching about pregnancy and STD prevention, and a Fresno County judge has now enforced that law, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Superior Court Judge Donald Black's decision ruled that the Clovis Unified School... More »

Pope Francis: Big Families Are Good

Softens his comment that Catholics needn't breed 'like rabbits'

(Newser) - Pope Francis praised big families today as a gift from God, after his comments that Catholics don't have to breed "like rabbits" made headlines this week. Francis said numerous children don't cause poverty in the developing world, as some have suggested, and that the real cause of... More »

Coming Soon: $1 Birth Control Shot

Sayana Press is aimed at poor women in 69 countries

(Newser) - Sayana Press is a pre-packaged shot, costs a buck, lasts three months, and could revolutionize the way women in poor countries approach birth control, reports the BBC . A three-way deal between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer, and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation is looking to make Sayana... More »

Teen Contraception Study Has 'Startling' Results

72% opted for IUDs, implants; pregnancy and abortion rates plummeted

(Newser) - A new American Academy of Pediatrics policy backing long-acting contraceptives is getting a boost from a new study on their efficacy in teens. Though less than 5% of teenagers use IUDs or hormonal implants, 72% of 1,404 female participants—aged 14 to 19, including some who previously had unintended... 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 »

High Court Sounds Conflicted on Contraceptive Case

Women justices and conservative justices at odds over health care mandate

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sounded deeply divided today as it heard arguments in a politically charged challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate , with its women on one side and its conservatives on the other. The hearing combined two cases—Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v.... More »

Bible Is Actually OK With Birth Control

Hardliners are interpreting it incorrectly: Elissa Strauss

(Newser) - If there's one thing we've learned from all the controversy surrounding ObamaCare, it's that the Bible is against birth control —right? Actually, not so much, writes Elissa Strauss in Salon . In truth, the Bible makes "both direct references and thinly veiled allusions to women using... More »

Birth Control Called 'Deadly,' Still Sells Bigtime

NuvaRing known to cause scary blood clots

(Newser) - A potentially deadly contraceptive called NuvaRing is still on the US market—but why? That's what Marie Brenner aimed to find out in Vanity Fair . She learned that NuvaRing maker Merck made $623 million selling NuvaRing last year, despite users who developed terrifying blood clots and filed roughly 3,... 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 »

177 Pounds? Don't Bother With Morning-After Pill

It may not be effective for heavier women

(Newser) - The morning-after pill may not work for you if you weigh more than 165 pounds—and that's distressing news, considering the average American woman weighs more than that. HRA Pharma, the French manufacturer of an emergency contraceptive called Norlevo, is set to start warning women that the pill starts... More »

Supreme Court Takes Case on ObamaCare, Birth Control

Companies object on religious grounds to covering contraceptives

(Newser) - ObamaCare is headed to the Supreme Court, but it's a case about the specifics of coverage rather than a broader fight on the program itself. More than 40 companies have sued because they object on religious grounds to providing their employees with birth control, as the new law stipulates... More »

The 12 Things Nearly All Americans Agree On

Surveys show most of us believe in God, are OK with birth control

(Newser) - What can nine out of 10 Americans agree on? Survey says: not much. That's partly because the big polls such as Pew, Gallup, and the General Social Survey are designed to explore differences, not to document what unites the United States. Still, a few questions discover 90% agreement, or... More »

Feds Appeal Judge's Plan B Decision

Justice Dept. says he had no right to make it available to all ages

(Newser) - The "Plan B" Iegal fight gets a little more tangled: The Justice Department today said it will appeal a judge's decision lifting all age limits on the birth-control pill and a cheaper generic. The federal government says the judge who issued the ruling exceeded his authority, and it... More »

FDA OKs Morning-After Pill for Ages 15 and Up

'Plan B' will be available over the counter

(Newser) - The Plan B morning-after pill is moving over the counter. The FDA announced today that the emergency contraceptive will be available without a prescription to those ages 15 and older. The pill also no longer needs to be behind pharmacy counters. Instead, it can sit on drugstore shelves just like... More »

Judge on Morning-After Pill: No One Needs Prescription

Directs FDA to sell over-the-counter, even to teens

(Newser) - The FDA must make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter to women of all ages, a federal judge has ruled. It's currently stocked behind the counter, and those under 17 need a prescription. The federal government has debated with itself over the morning-after pill in the past, with the FDA... More »

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