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How to Get Birth Control Without Telling Your Parents

If you're having sex, you should be using contraception. Here's how to get it, even if your guardians won't help you.
Kimberly Lawson

How Does the Annovera Contraceptive Ring Actually Work?

The manufacturers of the new, long-lasting contraceptive ring Annovera argue that the device, which is self-insertable and can be worn internally for up to a year, will revolutionize birth control for low-income women.
Sirin Kale

How the Catholic Church—and the GOP—Came to See Birth Control as Evil

In the 60s, the Catholic Church came close to reversing its position on contraception as sinful. It didn't, obviously, and women today are still suffering under policy influenced by religious dogma.
Jex Blackmore
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A Safe, Effective Birth Control Pill for Men May Soon Be on the Way

A month-long study of a new version of "the pill" made for men shows promising results.
Linda Yang

Will Americans Ever Actually Use the Female Condom?

Many Americans think the internal condom is totally gross. But sexual health advocates are convinced that new FDA regulations could help them go mainstream.
Christine Ro
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After 'Egregious Attack' on Birth Control, Five Women Sue Trump Administration

“The new rules, because they basically allow employers to take away that coverage, are going to put women back in the same position of having to decide whether they need to forego birth control because they just can’t afford it.”
Kimberly Lawson

Women Shoulder the Invisible Burden of Preventing Pregnancy Alone

We talked to the researcher behind a study that examines how clinicians in the US reinforce the widely accepted notion that the physical, mental, and emotional labor around contraception is "women's work."
Kimberly Lawson
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In These States, You Don't Need a Doctor to Prescribe You the Pill

Despite regressive rollbacks in women's health proposed at the federal level, some state legislatures are actually working to push access to birth control forward.
Kimberly Lawson

Trump's Leaked Birth Control Rollback Plan Would Be a Disaster for Women

“Think about it: Under this rule, bosses will be able to impose their personal beliefs on their female employees’ private medical decisions."
Kimberly Lawson

This Plant-Based Birth Control Could Work for Men—and Replace Plan B

Scientists say they've discovered a way to prevent sperm from burrowing into eggs, and it's totally non-hormonal.
Gabby Bess

Women's Health Week Isn't Anything to Celebrate Under Trump

Happy Women's Health Week! Here is a list of the most disastrous ways the Trump administration has attacked women's health care in the past year.
Callie Beusman

You Can Now Get Plan B Out of a Vending Machine in Yolo County

We talked with students on the UC Davis campus where the "Wellness to Go" vending machine is located to find out how they feel about the quick and easy availability of the morning-after pill.
Chloe Kim