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The Pill, IUDs Raise Risk of Breast Cancer

Especially after prolonged use, say Danish researchers

(Newser) - For years, birth control pills have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, though newer drugs containing smaller doses of estrogen and progestin were assumed to be safer. A new study suggests they aren't. Researchers in Denmark reviewed public health records for 1.8 million women, using... More »

2 States Sue Over Trump Decision on Birth Control

Massachusetts, California take action

(Newser) - Two attorneys general filed lawsuits Friday over the Trump administration's decision to allow businesses to refuse to cover employees' birth control in their insurance plans. The move rolled back a mandate of the Affordable Care Act and allows companies to claim moral or religious objections to providing birth control... More »

Trump Ditches Obama Rule on Birth Control Coverage

More employers will be allowed to claim religious, moral objections

(Newser) - President Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women by claiming religious or moral objections, issuing new rules Friday that take another step in rolling back the Obama health care law, the AP reports. The new policy is a long-expected revision to federal... More »

Trump Birth Control Decision Could Affect Millions

He's planning to kill ObamaCare's birth control mandate

(Newser) - The "birth control mandate" that has been spawning lawsuits since the early days of ObamaCare could be history as soon as Friday. President Trump, in a move that could affect millions of women, is planning to get rid of the requirement for employers to cover birth control in their... More »

Actor Says He Tossed Wife's Birth Control to Start a Family

'Ian Somerhalder is [expletive] disgusting'

(Newser) - Cute story from a happily married couple or sign of potential abuse? You be the judge. BuzzFeed reports the internet has some thoughts on a story recently shared by actors Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed on a podcast called Dr. Berlin's Informed Pregnancy. On the podcast, Somerhalder admits that... More »

Judge's Offer: Get a Vasectomy, See Jail Time Reduced

It's happening in White County, Tennessee

(Newser) - The ACLU calls it "unconstitutional." The judge calls it a way to give inmates a "chance." It's a novel program made available since May 15 to those incarcerated in White County, Tenn., that shaves 30 days off inmates' jail time if they submit to a... More »

The Best and Worst Birth Control Methods

Don't rely on spermicide: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The pill is the most common form of birth control in the US—but it's far from the most effective. With a 9% failure rate, the pill finds itself at the No. 6 spot on 24/7 Wall St. 's list of the most effective methods, based on CDC... More »

Most Important Gear for Women Campers Isn't What You Think

Don't hit the backcountry without an IUD

(Newser) - "Taking a [poop] in the woods is funny and easy to talk about," Heather Hansman writes for Outside Magazine . "Periods are not." That why Hansman says the "one item that made the biggest difference" during a recent two-month river trip through the wilderness wasn't... More »

Women's Rights Advocates: Get Your IUDs Now, Before Trump

Amid fears of stripped reproductive rights, ObamaCare repeal, women look for long-term birth control

(Newser) - Donald Trump's statements on abortion caused no small outcry, and now some women worried about what reproductive health rights look like under a Trump administration are looking toward long-term contraception. The Washington Post reports there's been a recent uptick in various media—including Jezebel and Elle —and... More »

New Vision for Male Birth Control: Don't Let Sperm Swim

Control over sperm motility could help infertile men, too

(Newser) - Male fertility comes down to one thing in many cases: sperm motility. If they're not good swimmers, fertility can be an issue, reports the Independent . But researchers at the University of Wolverhampton in the UK are reporting (though not yet in a peer-reviewed scientific journal) that they may have... More »

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 »

Texas' Maternal Mortality Spike Hard to Explain 'in Absence of War'

Advocates blame state for slashing health care funding, forcing clinics to close

(Newser) - The rate at which women die in Texas from pregnancy-related complications is higher than in any other US state—or even in the rest of the developed world, reports the Guardian . A study in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the maternal mortality rate in Texas doubled in a... More »

As Venezuela Reels, Women Turn to Sterilization

With condoms and other methods in short supply, women have few choices

(Newser) - Add another problem to the catastrophe gripping Venezuela: women opting to sterilize themselves rather than bring a new life into the chaos. No government statistics on sterilization are available, but a social worker tells Reuters she sees up to five women a day who seek to undergo a tubal ligation.... More »

Doctor Told Her She Couldn't Get Pregnant. She Did, Now She's Suing

Though she says she can't imagine life without her daughter

(Newser) - "She's full of life, loving, kind, sweet, everything you could ever imagine," Lori Cichewicz describes her 5-year-old daughter, Reagan, to WXYZ . But the 50-year-old from Oakland County, Mich., worries about the financial strain and other issues involved in raising a child with special needs (Reagan was born... More »

Looking for Birth Control? The App Will See You Now

Apps, websites spring up, allowing women access to contraception

(Newser) - If the birth control pill helped usher in the sexual revolution, there have been several shakeups since in the options and, now, in the manner in which women obtain birth control. For modern women, there's an app for that, the New York Times reports. More specifically, there are at... More »

ObamaCare Birth Control Ruling Hinges on One Word

'Hijacking,' says SCOTUSBlog

(Newser) - The Supreme Court wrestled with a high-profile case on Wednesday—how far religious groups must go in helping employees gain access to birth control under ObamaCare. Based on the arguments, don't expect a clear resolution: The New York Times reports that a 4-4 tie is a "real possibility,... 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 »

Lawsuit: Birth Control Mix-up Results in 113 Pregnancies

Women seek damages for medical costs, lost income, and raising their kids

(Newser) - More than 100 women who blame their pregnancies on errant birth control packaging have joined a negligence lawsuit filed in Philadelphia against several drug companies. The lawsuit follows a 2011 recall of more than 500,000 blister packs after an Iowa customer found the pills packaged out of order, potentially... More »

Fastest-Growing Birth Control Method Isn't the Pill

11.6% of women on birth control use IUDs or implants

(Newser) - More women across the country are following the lead of those in Colorado in using long-acting birth control methods rather than the pill. Though 6% of women on birth control used intrauterine devices and implants from 2006 to 2010, that figure almost doubled to 11.6% from 2011 to 2013,... More »

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