the pill

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?

Jun 21, 2011

Sex in the News: Better than The Pill?

I hate the pill. I truly despise it. I leave it everywhere, sleep through my ‘You Don’t Want a Kid” alarm, and often go days without even thinking about it. So let me tell you, when I heard that there was another alternative – that doesn’t involve shots or wearing a patch – I was intrigued.

May 11, 2011

I Have a Love/Hate Relationship With the Pill

Everyone knows that sex without a condom is better than with that thin latex lining. According to guys it “feels amazing” and is “probably the best thing on earth.” (Clearly, guys have never tried dipping pretzels into frosting....) But we also know that no matter how good it is, it isn’t good enough to risk getting pregnant and spending our days playing peek-a-boo instead of beer pong.

Tuffy Luv Talks Birth Control

Dear Tuffy Luv, My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost five months, and until recently, it has been amazing. About a month and a half ago I began taking the pill - Loestrin 24 Fe - out of necessity. The condom broke a few times and I had to take Plan B. At first I was pleased with it. There's only one side effect. But it's a BIG one.

Aug 10, 2010

Duke It Out: Free Birth Control?

Birth control is one of many things on a list up for consideration to be included as required free preventative care on overhauled healthcare plans. If BC makes the cut, it could eliminate the extra costs to prevent pregnancy for women all over the country - but should it be included?

Sexy Time: Staying Safe

Some kids stayed up late to watch naughty movies. Some kids stayed up late to watch The Simpsons. When I was a kid, I’d stay up late in my room with earphones plugged into the TV and the lights off watching Talk Sex with Sue Johanson, a show my parents wouldn’t have approved of me watching. Oops.

Apr 29, 2010

Nov 23, 2009

Would You Take A Pill To Increase Your Sexual Desire?

Researchers are arguing that a lack of sexual desire may not be caused by the fact that women aren't attracted to their prospective partners (because men are never to blame for these sorts of things), but that it is a chemical problem in the brain. The drug, then, will work by lowering inhibition through triggering the release of Dopamine, which, among other things, helps stimulate desire.

Oct 15, 2009

Sexy Time: You Ready For It?

If you want be having sex, or be having more sex (and, come on, who doesn't!?) the best thing you can do is make sure you're prepared. Getting yourself ready for sex will put you in a mental mindset compatible with getting some. And feeling sexy will send out the come hither vibes that will make it happen.

Jul 9, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Are You Sure I Won’t Get Pregnant!?

Talking sex with your doctor isn’t always easy. Whether you are afraid she or he will judge you,  you just...

Jun 4, 2009

The Doctor Is In: Is Birth Control Enough?

I am on the birth control pill and I want to stop using condoms with my boyfriend. I know he is clean, so I am not worried about STDs, but I am worried about pregnancy. Is the birth control pill enough to keep me from getting pregnant?

May 6, 2009

Bristol Palin (Now) Thinks Abstinence is “The Only Way”

This morning on Good Morning America, hypocrite Bristol Palin discussed her plan to push an “abstinence-only” message on teens. She couldn’t quite explain how abstinence got her where she is today (with, ahem, a child at age 18), but she was very confident that “abstinence is the only way you can effectively, 100%, prevent pregnancy.”

Apr 14, 2009

Tuffy Luv Says: USE CONDOMS

I'm really in love with my boyfriend and we've been dating for almost a year now. He's a great guy and I know he would never cheat on me. So I've decided to go on the pill and give up condoms. What's the quickest pill to kick in? I am so sick of condoms. I'm not even kidding.

Mar 25, 2009

He Said/She Said: Controlling Birth Control

I used to think that guys who carried condoms in their wallets were big cocky jerks...until I found myself naked in bed with a super hottie who not only didn't have one on him (or, rather, in his wallet), but didn't have one anywhere in his apartment.

Mar 25, 2009

The Unreasonable Cost of Birth Control on Campus

When someone wrote into College Candy asking us to investigate the raising prices of birth control on and near college campuses across America, I was moderately shocked. My freshman year, not to intentionally date myself--rather to make a point, was 2002.

Mar 2, 2009

Go Get Tested!

You hear it all the time – in sex ed class, during your yearly trip to the doctor, and during...