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  • Plan-B One Step
    Number of U.S. teens having sex declining; use of morning-after pill on the rise
    It appears that the national effort to get the word out about unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is working. According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report published July 22 in its National Center...
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    Colorado court rules religious beliefs do not trump healthcare
    Apparently, even nuns can't get out of paperwork.This week the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that non-profit organizations which oppose contraception must still provide healthcare coverage unless they follow opt-out procedures. The...
  • Obese teens less likely to use birth control
    Obese teens less likely to use birth control
    Researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan note that the teen pregnancy rate in the United States is one of the highest among developed nations. About 25% of all US women become pregnant at least once by age 20 years; moreover,...
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    Obese teenage girls less likely to use birth control
    Sexually active obese teens are more likely to forgo contraception than their normal-weight peers, according to a new study from the University of Michigan (U-M). The research, published July 1 in the Journal of Pediatrics, also found that obese...
  • Birth control on "Downton Abbey"
    'Downton Abbey' and birth control
    In episode 2 of season 5 on "Downton Abbey," viewers see the controversial subject of birth control discussed openly. Birth control is a touchy subject now but not nearly as much as it was back then. Lady Mary cannot even purchase a...
  • Pregnancy
    Change in drug labeling will keep pregnant women better informed
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a final rule that requires drug companies to outline the risks associated with taking medicine while pregnant and breastfeeding. The new system, said the FDA in a Dec. 3 news release, ...
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    Contraception from the early to mid 2oth century
    Unfortunately from 1909 - 1924 the States were sterilizing patients in mental institutions so no more “imbeciles would be brought forth in this world.” The practice of eugenics was quickly abolished because it denied a person the...
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    The fight for female reproductive rights in the beginning of the 20th century
    By the end of the 19th century the birth rates in industrialized countries started to decline. Many families moved to the cities and had fewer children. In the United States women did practice birth control, but the government made it very hard to...
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    Birth control through the Middle Ages and the Victorian Era
    During the Middle Ages the Roman Catholic Church had a stronghold on the societies of the day. The church forbade any kind of birth control. However, sexually active women still practiced coitus interruptus, using lily root and rue as a spermicide...
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    Ancient and medieval birth control methods
    MesopotamiaThere was a time that the only contraceptive that was available to us was unscientific methods for birth control. The ancient people of Mesopotamia and Egypt as far back as 1550 BCE used "honey, acacia leaves, and lint to be placed...
  • SECURE study set to give new contraception patch Twirla a whirl
    SECURE study set to give new contraceptive patch Twirla a whirl
    Agile Therapeutics,Inc., a women's health specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of new prescription contraceptive products,has announced that approximately 2,100 female subjects are expected to be...
  • Oral contraceptives used in study of teen pregnancy prevention
    When offered reliable, free birth control, teens less likely to become pregnant
    When offered free contraception and education about birth control methods, teens were far less likely to become pregnant or obtain an abortion compared to sexually active teens not on birth control, according to a new study.Researchers offered...
  • Free birth control program drops teen pregnancy rate by 78 percent.
    Free birth control program drops teen pregnancy rate by 78 percent
    A trail program that provides free birth control for teens has produced a 78 percent decrease in teen pregnancy and a 77 decrease in abortions in five years. The Contraceptive CHOICE Project led by Dr. Gina Secura with the Washington University...
  • Emergency contraception
    A guide to emergency contraception for young women
    If you've had unprotected sex, you may be considering emergency contraception. Hormonal urges sometimes overwhelm our sense of judgment. Engaging in unprotected sex can happen to anyone at any time. Emergency contraception is used to prevent...
  • United States Supreme Court
    Principles, corporations, and Eden Foods
    In the wake of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. et al., 573 U.S. _____ (2014), a number of aspects of the decision have meant that lower courts have had to rethink what they had decided in other cases. One of those aspects is that it is...
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