Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples. Show More Summary
I am a millennial, a woman, and a daily user of a birth control pill made by Allergan. I think that gives me some authority to say that the campaign it's announcing today, which aims to use hashtags and emojis to engage women like me, feels clumsy.
It wasn't because I was horrible at taking my birth control pills as consistently as I should have. Although, honestly, I was. It wasn't because I felt a moral obligation to see the consequences of a sexual act through. I didn't consider...Show More Summary
California and Oregon will be the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists -- without a doctor’s prescription. Continue reading ? The post California, Oregon first to allow birth control pills without prescription appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
Medication adherence is tricky business, but the Pill is uniquely primed for smart disruption. You can build the world's best reminder apps, and ingeniously packaged drugs in personalized pre-portioned packs. But at the end of the day, how can anyone know whether or not they actually swallowed the right pill at the right time? Read Full Story
Women on “the pill” know all too well that skipping a day’s dose may lead to an unwanted pregnancy, yet many still end up forgetting or put it off to the next day. A young OB-GYN doc, herself a fan of the pill, has come up with a technological...Show More Summary
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. Read more...
Post by Stephanie Booth. No question: Birth control pills are a pretty damn good invention. Have sex without getting pregnant? Sure thing, thanks. But there is a cost. (Isn't there always?) Depending on who you are and what pill you're taking, the price you pay could be anything from bloating to weight gain to BRAIN changes and pulmonary embolisms. Show More Summary
For American women taking the pill in 2012, it accounted for an average of 44 percent of their out-of-pocket health spending. Now, the average has dropped to 22 percent. For many women, it’s dropped to zero.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed claims data from a nationwide provider of private insurance, and found that on average, contraceptive pill and IUD users spent 20 percent less out-of-pocket on their chosen family...Show More Summary
Following the Affordable Care Act's mandate for insurance companies to provide free contraceptives, individual spending on birth control pills plummeted by almost half in the first six months the landmark healthcare law went into effect. This...Show More Summary
"Spending on the pill could be cut by $1.5 billion annually"
A new analysis found out-of-pocket spending on the pill dropped by about half in the first six months of 2013 compared with a year earlier.
Birth control pills and condoms have long superseded the diaphragm as women’s first choices of birth control. Could its popularity ever be revived?
Pro-life OB/GYNs insist that an over the counter birth control puts women at risk of dangerous blood clots. Another doctor says they’re missing the point.
The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem. Read more...
This week, the Cut is talking advice — the good, the bad, the weird, and the pieces of it you really wish you'd taken. You might not give your particular method of hormonal birth control a second thought, but maybe you’ve heard terrifying stories about women having strokes or blood... More »
In 1961, new parents David and Doris Wagner had a baby and Doris went on the birth control pill, just approved by the FDA the year before. Quickly though, Doris and David realized that it was too easy to forget a day and not realize it, so they invented a calendar dispenser that was the basis for the compact-shaped dial packs still common today. Read the rest
In a surprising moment of bipartisan unity, Republicans and Democrats seem to be in agreement that it's time to remove the prescription requirement for oral contraceptives. Right before Memorial Day, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., introduced legislation aimed at making...
Fifty-five years ago, "the Pill" hit the market