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This is amazing: For the past six years, Colorado has provided teen and low-income women access to f

1 hour agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This is amazing: For the past six years, Colorado has provided teen and low-income women access to free birth control. The result? According to the state’s department of public health, the birthrate among teens statewide plunged 40% between 2009 and 2013. Abortions fell 42% in the same period. [CDPHE via NYT] Read more...

Conservative Media Complain That Seattle Teens Have Access To Long-Term Contraceptive Options

Conservative media are attacking a Seattle program that has offered teens access to long-term contraceptive options through their schools since 2010. But long-term birth control methods such as those offered at the schools are recommended...Show More Summary

Colorado's Birth Control Success Sheds Light On Debate In Congress

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Providing teenagers with free, long-acting methods of contraception can cut their birth and abortion rates nearly in half, according to a yearslong experiment conducted by the the state of Colorado. The New York Times reports that the...Show More Summary

Take Note, Religious Right: Access to Birth Control Slashes Teen Pregnancy and Abortion Rates

For as long as contraception has been a thing, the Religious Right has tried to vilify it. First, they said it was an affront to God's Plans. When they realized that argument wasn't working, they shifted to saying it would increase promiscuity. Show More Summary

One US state's public health initiative is transforming the way to think about birth control

Birth control works, and some forms work better than others. It's hard to come to any other conclusion after reading the crazy statistics coming out of Colorado, which just emerged from a public health experiment which consisted of giving...Show More Summary

What happened when Colorado offered free birth control? Teen birthrate and abortions plummeted.

6 hours agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

The state of Colorado has been conducting a massive experiment with birth control over the last 6 years. Read the rest

Teen pregnancy plummets in Colorado after state provides access to long-acting birth control

The best way to reduce the number of abortions is to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies.

Finding Independence Beyond Business as Usual 

Can you imagine a time when Lysol was considered birth control? Crazy at it seems, it was marketed as such. According to  'Feminine hygiene' was a euphemism. Birth control was illegal in the U.S. until 1965 (for married couples) and 1972 (for single people)... Show More Summary

Halt and Catch Fire Recap: Baby Mine

In the early days of the birth control movement, Planned Parenthood co-founder Margaret Sanger spoke often about the idea of “voluntary motherhood” being a fundamental element to the idea of equal rights for women. At the time, the thought was revolutionary, this notion that women should be free to choose... More »

Colorado’s Push Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

A program to offer long-acting birth control, like free IUDs and implants, has helped drop teenage pregnancies by 40 percent and abortions by 42 percent.

Don’t Ask What She Does for Birth Control

Really trendy girl #1: So do you want to go tanning after the gym? Really trendy girl #2: Yeah, but I don’t want to get skin cancer. Really trendy girl #1: Yeah, me neither. That’s why I wear underwear. –42nd & Lex Overheard by: Just wanted some starbucks

The Death of the Diaphragm

3 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

Birth control pills and condoms have long superseded the diaphragm as women’s first choices of birth control. Could its popularity ever be revived?

Schools Implant IUDs in Girls as Young as 6th Grade Without Their Parents Knowing

Earlier this month, reported on a high school in Seattle, Washington that is now implanting intrauterine devices (IUD), as well as other forms of birth control and doing so without parental knowledge or permission. The IUD is known as a long acting reversible contraception, and may even act as an abortifacient. So, a young […]

Why are obese teens using birth control at way lower rates than their peers?

A troubling disparity doesn't just reflect a fat-shaming culture. It's also a sign of economic inequality

Birth Control Scores Important Symbolic Win In Federal Appeals Court

The Obama administration's winning streak in birth control cases continues. The post Birth Control Scores Important Symbolic Win In Federal Appeals Court appeared first on ThinkProgress.

Ricki Lake’s New Film About Birth Control Gets Contraception All Wrong

In Mexico City, in 1951, yams changed the world of contraception forever.A chemist by the name of Dr. Carl Djerassi had found a way to synthesize the hormones they contained. While it would take another decade of testing before his work would reach its intended market, he had created a combination that gave birth to what we now know as The Pill. Show More Summary

Yes, the Over-the-Counter Pill Is Safe

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

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.

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look the Way They Do

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

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...

Women Say Popular Detox Product Caused Their Birth Control to Fail

Post by Stephanie Booth. We hear the word "natural" and automatically think "safe." But for women in the U.K. who've been happily sipping an herbal detox tea, they're also saying, "Um, HOW did I just get pregnant?!" Bootea's "Teatox" is a popular detox drink that celebs like Ashley Tisdale and Kim Kardashian use. Show More Summary

New Diaphragm Hits U.S. Market for First Time in 50 Years

Caya, a new single-size diaphragm, gives women who can't or don't want to use hormonal methods a new birth control option. Image: Fuz Jamall/ YouTube The post New Diaphragm Hits U.S. Market for First Time in 50 Years appeared first on RH Reality Check.

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