This week, Oregon passed a new law that allows women to buy hormonal contraceptives from a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription. After the law goes into effect in 2016, women in Oregon will be able to get birth control pills without having to first visit a doctor for permission.
I don't need to tell you there's no great birth control option right now. Hormonal contraceptives are like a carnival ride for your mood, IUDs are physical sperm-gates that need to be shoved up your vaginal canal, and show me someone who tells you condoms feel good and I will show you a liar. That's why the promise…
For guys, birth control options are pretty limited, and for years we've been promised a male version of the pill—some reversible process that will protect against the threat of offspring that's not as permanent as a vasectomy. This new injectable gel, however, has already proven nearly foolproof (in baboons at least)…
As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween.
Women have been manually tracking their cycles for centuries. You've likely heard the terms "rhythm method" or "natural family planning" from older generations; today, it's the more scientifically informed "fertility awareness." But as far as birth control options go, monitoring certain health cues to help women…
As far as contraception innovation goes, for the past several years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been leading the pack. Next on the list? Revolutionizing actual bodily implants. Say hello to wireless birth control.
It's been almost a year since Bill Gates put out his $100,000 call for better, high-tech condoms, and we haven't found a new defacto standard yet. But Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer of Georgia Tech have a potential solution, if you're OK with putting electrodes on your manparts.
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Scientists have just discovered that a compound originally meant to treat cancer could actually lead to the real-life creation of a unicorn: the male birth control pill. The researchers report that the compound, known as JQ1, holds the promise of a reversible form of male birth control. It's the pill but for dudes.
So, you had a good night but something went wrong and you think that you or your partner may get an unwanted pregnancy. Best solution? Morning after pill. Worst solution? Fake morning after pills. The FDA is warning about them:
The pill doesn't make you gain weight? The idea goes completely against what pretty much every woman in the world believes, myself included - until today.
What's the most aggravating form of birth control? Taking a pill every day for most of your young adulthood or inserting a spindly plastic thingy—otherwise known as an intrauterine device—in your uterus? If you're not a lady you'd guess the former. But you might be wrong.
We need better birth control. This isn't terribly controversial. Most current birth control is based on decades old science, merely refined as the years have gone by. And there's still no male equivalent of the pill, which puts the brunt of the burden of long-term birth control on women.
The quest for a male birth control method has taken some weird turns. The latest contender for the elusive male pill is an Israeli scientist who says he has developed a compound that temporarily inhibits the reproductive capacity of sperm.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has put $100,000 behind research into using ultrasound as a temporary contraceptive for men. If successful, it would be a means to provide low-cost, non-hormonal birth control for up to six months.
Last Friday, December 1 was the 19th World AIDS Day, and an enterprising seamstress in New York decided to commemorate the big day with a very special wedding gown. Consisting entirely of 12,500 individually colored and stitched-together condoms, the result is quite fetching, the perfect complement to the chandelier…
The picture tells the tale—that's right, it's a musical condom. Its tone varies with your position and intensity, but if you can keep it up with that tinkly little noise going on down there, you're a manlier man than I. Maybe it could be made to recite baseball scores to keep things going a little longer.