Birth Control

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May 27, 2015

21-Year-Old Woman Tragically Dies From Taking Birth Control Pills

A scary story like this is almost enough to make you want to put away your pills.

Apr 16, 2015

Birth Control Pills Might Be Messing With Your Brain

Those little pills that keep you sane when your period is a few days late aren't foolproof.

Nov 18, 2014

You Like Ugly Guys More When You’re On The Pill

Good news for ugly dudes, bad news for everyone else, ever.

Nov 25, 2013

The Morning After Pill Doesn’t Work For Women Over 176 Pounds

There are far too many women who way more than 165 pounds for this to be an issue.

Jan 12, 2013

What Exactly Is Safe Sex? [He Said/She Said]

So CC's lovely editor Alex was browsing Reddit this week and came across this post, with a guy asking if it was unreasonable to ask his girlfriend of four years to give him a blow job without a condom. My initial thoughts? That must taste weird, very latex-y and possibly like spermicide.

Nov 4, 2012

NuvaRing: “You Put That…There?!”

So Alex and I were watching Modern Family on Hulu and all of a sudden a commercial popped up for NuvaRing. We thought it would be a normal commercial where they ramble off side effects and what not. FALSE.

Oct 9, 2012

Free Birth Control is Good for Society [Sex in the News]

Access to free birth control leads to low teen birth and abortion rates. After letting 9,000 mostly poor and/or uninsured women in the city choose what type of contraception they'd use if it were free, researchers found that women that have access to free contraception don't get pregnant as often.

Aug 22, 2012

Get The Facts: Abortion Laws in the US

Do you feel well informed about your rights to abortion? Or overwhelmed by opinion and debate?

Aug 6, 2012

Free Birth Control? What New Health Care Laws Mean For College Women [Body Blog]

Under the Affordable Care Act, all insurance plans will eventually have to cover preventative health services for women, including birth control pills and cancer screenings.

Jun 25, 2012

Pros and Cons of the Birth Control Pill

The pill. You know about its most obvious benefit – keeping you out of the cast of Teen Mom. (Or maybe College Mom, I wouldn’t put it past MTV.) There are other benefits to the pill, too. But with recent news stories about risks and recalls of certain brands, how do you know if it’s safe? And how do you know if it’s the right form of birth control for you?

Jun 15, 2012

I Like Sex. Does That Make Me a Slut? [Friday Faves]

I know I am not a slut, but is it possible to enjoy myself without others labeling me that way?

Apr 12, 2012

Male Birth Control Does Not Excite Me [Sexy Time]

The medical community has noticed a need for more male contraception options and one in particular has been getting a lot of buzz. While I totally support men having the opportunity to do their part to keep babies from being formed, I am not nearly as gung-ho about male birth control as a lot of people are.

Apr 10, 2012

Mo Contraception Control, Mo Problems [Sex in the News]

Conservatives claim to love one thing more than anything else. And that's cutting the size of government. Yes, they want fewer taxes and less government spending. But recently it seems they also want to control contraception and other rights that affect women's control over their reproductive systems. Unfortunately for those trying to make both these things happen is that they're mutually exclusive.

Apr 7, 2012

Easy as A-B-C (Affordable Birth Control, that is)

On Friday, March 16, the Obama Administration issued a few clarifications to the Affordable Care Act’s consumer protections for student health plans. Are you scratching your head? Let me make it simple—beginning in the fall, all out-of-pocket birth control costs will be covered (meaning no copays or deductibles) by most* of the health insurance plans sold to students by their college or university.

Mar 16, 2012

Why Meghan McCain is Someone to Watch Out For

Meghan McCain used to really bother me. I thought the only reason she had become a well known political commentator was because her father, John McCain, was a prominent politician. It's obvious that she's worked hard to brand herself as a new, young voice of the Republican party. This interview she just did with Playboy is an example of that – she has some good things to say, but she's trying hard to seem cool and relatable.

Mar 5, 2012

Body Blog: Should You Become an IUD Diva?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately (which is totally possible, it is midterm season), you’ve heard about all of the controversy surrounding birth control. From Congress to the presidential debates to Twitter to Facebook, everybody is talking about birth control, who should have access to it, and how they should get that access.

Mar 1, 2012

Sexy Time: Why Are We Using Condoms Less Frequently?

How many of us have been in a situation where we're hooking up and the guy just slides in without much warning? Or how many of us have encountered men who are absurdly petulant when their partner asks them to put one on? They always have a litany of excuses or justifications -- "It doesn't feel as good"/"I can't stay hard with one on"/"I'm clean, don't you trust me?"

Feb 21, 2012

Sex in the News: Real Cost of Birth Control

After the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filled a panel discussing President Obama's Affordable Care Act and the birth control mandate with only men, it's time to explain one thing. If you don't use birth control you probably don't fully understand it, am I right? Yes, and as such, many of the men who want to control your reproductive rights fail to realize the cost of birth control.

Feb 13, 2012

Current Events Cheat Sheet: Don’t Blaze and Drive

A federal appeals court knocked down California's Prop 8. President Obama backed off on a rule that would require religious organizations to provide their employees with health insurance covering birth control. The violence in Syria is getting worse and worse. Scientists say don't drive stoned. In an attempt to save their troubled economy, Greek Parliament passed a number of spending cuts on Sunday, leading to mass protests in Athens.

Feb 9, 2012

Sexy Time: What You Should Know About Your Birth Control Pill

Occasionally, despite my generally laissez-faire, non-judgmental attitude towards sex, there are a few things that perturb me. Rape, of course. Slut shaming. Abstinence-only sex education. And ignorance about contraception.

Jan 10, 2012

Tuffy Luv Dispenses Condoms

I'm a senior in college and have been in a serious relationship for the past 5 years. He's my high school sweetheart. I know, we're so cute! We just got engaged and are getting married when I graduate (he's two years older and is already working). Now that we're engaged, I want to go on birth control, but I'm not sure what to try. What do you recommend?

Dec 20, 2011

When Safe Sex Goes Horribly Wrong

I was struck with complete disbelief after reading about a woman who, despite using multiple forms of birth control, keeps getting pregnant. Like, pregnant seven times in 5 years. Like, she and her husband only had sex three times since September and she's currently expecting another kid. Did I mention she's tried the Pill, condoms, injections and an IUD...and they still don't work?

Dec 18, 2011

Yaz and Yasmin’s Scary Side Effects Are More Common Than You Think

This week, Bayer has been under fire with the Food and Drug Administration for its birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. The pills in this family contain a synthetic hormone called drospirenone, which is being linked to the seventy-five percent increased chance of blood clots.

Dec 15, 2011

Sexy Time: My Wishlist

'Tis the season to be jolly, to count thy blessings, and to make itemized lists of all the things you want. I used to wish for an easy bake oven, then Justin Timberlake's hand in marriage, then an unlimited supply of Louboutins...oh, wait, I could still definitely go for that. In addition to a shoe closet to rival Mariah Carey's (and world peace), I also wish for a shift in our collective sexual culture.

Dec 6, 2011

Sex in the News: Everyone is Obsessed with Teen Sex

Teen sex is all up in my Google Reader this week and not because the characters in Glee were getting it on. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention released new statistics that the U.S. teen birth rate is declining. Between 2009 and 2010 the rate dropped nine percent to a record low.