Birth Control

Access to safe, effective, and affordable contraception is essential to our health, well-being, and even economic success.

Access to safe, effective, and affordable contraception is essential to our health, well-being, and even economic success. Yet all too often, good information can be hard to find. And decisions made by distant policymakers — some well-intentioned, others not so much — can get in the way. The following consumer health information and articles touch on the health information and policy advocacy knowledge you need to make good choices for your health while becoming a smart activist for contraceptive access.

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It’s not possible to understand present-day reproductive coercion, or its lasting impact on marginalized communities, without understanding the United States’ long history of sterilization abuse.

Advocating for yourself in the provider’s office
is a crucial part of ensuring that you get the best contraception care for you. Here are a few tips and strategies.

Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in which users track their ovulation cycles in order to avoid pregnancy.

Aggressive promotion of LARCs—or of any method—infringes on reproductive autonomy, and can’t be separated from the broader context of reproductive coercion.

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The Danish Sex Hormone Registry study on the risk of breast cancer with current hormonal contraception provides valuable information to help people making decisions about contraception. The study found that current hormonal contraceptives are associated with a small increased risk...

As I began my search, I realized just how disconnected from the reality of birth control prices I was. In my own life, discussions about starting prescription medication went hand-in-hand with discussions about insurance. I knew that the small co-pays...

On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration published two new rules, effective immediately, undermining the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance plans cover all 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control without copay or deductible.

New rules give millions of employers the right to deny their employees birth control coverage for any reason—or no reason at all.

I originally intended to title this column: “Trump officials can't disguise their anti-birth control lies by claiming to care about women's right to know the truth about their health.” But, that’s way too long, and Al Franken’s book title is...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Evita Almassi, or (202) 682-2640

Emergency Contraception (EC) is a birth control method used after unprotected sex or when a primary form of contraception fails. It is generally used only in these specific situations and is not advised for use as regular contraception. Updated: Aug 1, 2020

The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and low maintenance. There are two types of IUDs available to women to choose from, the copper IUD and the hormonal IUD.

Many women may want to skip their periods using birth control for a number of reasons, such as travel, a busy week, painful menstruation, etc.

It’s possible to become pregnant very soon after having a baby, so it’s important for new moms to think ahead about their postpartum birth control plan.