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. Learn about LARCs – how they work, how they’ve been prescribed, and other important info here.

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Question: I’m experiencing some negative side effects from my IUD, but my doctor doesn’t want to remove it. What should I do? Answer: An intrauterine device (IUD) is a great birth control option for some women. IUDs are inserted by...

Over the last few years, there has been a surge in the promotion of long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants like Nexplanon. LARCs are highly effective in preventing pregnancy, last for an extended period of...

Comments on the Draft Guidance: Use of Real-World Evidence to Support Regulatory Decision Making for Medical Devices

The female condom (or internal condom) is a great option for women trying to protect themselves against STI/HIV and pregnancy. We are excited to hear that you are interested in learning more about it!

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective methods for preventing pregnancy, but pregnancy prevention may not be an individual woman's most important consideration in choosing a contraceptive.

Taking hormonal contraceptives with rifampicin reduces the contraceptive’s effectiveness, which could result in unintended pregnancy or breakthrough bleeding.

One in six acute care hospital beds nationwide.1 More than 40 percent of all the acute care hospital beds in Alaska, Iowa, Washington, and South Dakota. Forty-six hospitals in communities with no other local hospital to turn to.

Taken from the July/August 2016 issue of The Women’s Health Activist Newsletter. What do female condoms have in common with bone-grafting material, replacement heart valves, and cochlear implants? If you’re thinking not much, you’d be right. But the Food and...

The National Women’s Health Network believes that everyone should have access to safe and effective contraception. If you have been experiencing severe pain, please report this to your doctor immediately.

The condom broke. Or you missed a pill. As you learn about your options. you come across information that states Plan B doesn’t work for people who weigh more than 165 pounds. That’s because in 2011,  some studies indicated that...