Unintended pregnancies are at a 30 year low in the United States. Experts say the welcome downtrend is mostly attributable to the burgeoning use of long-acting contraceptive methods, especially IUDs.
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.
Modern IUDs and contraceptive implants are effective, but they’re also expensive. The devices can cost several hundred dollars, and they have to be inserted by a trained physician, adding additional fees for doctor’s visits and checkups. Those financial barriers can keep low income women from taking advantage of these…
What does crocodile dung and weasel testicles and pig intestines and fizzy cola and moonshine mixed with ground beaver testicles have in common with each other? They were all used as contraceptives throughout history. Some were inserted into a woman's body, others were eaten and a few were just worn.
Contraceptives fail a lot more often than you may have realized. Those failure rate statistics that you see are actually a bit misleading — they are for failure rates in a given year. Over time, the risk of failure is compounded.
Sixteen years ago, after watching too many MC Hammer videos, Paul Lyons decided to patent the skeaziest thing he could think of (imagine taking that guy from Dual Action Cleanse infomercial's face and turning it into an equivalently sleezy product): A condom that plays music with every thrust.
I've always been kind of jealous at the array of attractive birth control cases exes have had to tote around their anti-baby pills. Condoms typically come in boxes and wrappers that are clumsy and ugly (exception). The XYXX condom case wants to change all that with a package you actually want to keep in your pockets.…
Designed to help fight the spread of AIDS by encouraging the correct and speedy application of condoms without tears or snags, this lifeguard-looking device, dubbed "Pronto," was named South Africa's "Most Beautiful Object" by Dutch designer Jurgen Bey.