Contraception Self-Advocacy

By Tessa Ruff Human sexuality, pregnancy prevention, and pregnancy intention are all complicated issues. And, people must balance a range of trade-offs when selecting the contraceptive option that works best for their unique situation. Many methods are available, which work differently and have diverse side effects, as well as other important considerations. Complicating matters, what … Continued

Brightness Among the Clouds: Positive Women’s Health Efforts at the FDA

By Eliana Kosova In our current political climate, each day brings new attacks on reproductive health. Between the Trump-Pence Administration’s attacks on access to birth control and Congress’s continual efforts to curtail abortion care, we are in an uphill battle when it comes to reproductive freedom. When Scott Gottlieb was tapped as Commissioner of the … Continued

Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

In August 2018, Natural Cycles became the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. 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. It is one of several … Continued

Natural Cycles Fertility Awareness App: Health Information

What is it? Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Visit our advocacy fact sheet to learn more about its expedited clearance process and potential privacy concerns. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) … Continued

How much do different kinds of birth control cost without insurance?

By Elly Kosova When NWHN’s Policy Advocacy Director Sarah Christopherson was invited to speak at a Women’s Health Magazine panel on contraceptive access, she eagerly accepted, excited to talk to young women about their options. A few days before the event, she emailed me about a new research assignment. I think of myself as a … Continued

Is the copper IUD more or less effective than the hormonal IUD?

The term IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is one of many forms of contraception available to women for preventing pregnancy. An IUD is typically a small t-shaped device the size of a quarter that is inserted inside the uterus. The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and … Continued

Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow Researchers studying the link between contraceptive use and HIV have uncovered a connection between using the Depo-Provera and contracting HIV. In light of these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its safety classification for injectable contraception. Depo-Provera is the most widely used injectable contraception around the world, … Continued

Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which … Continued

Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

By Monica Simpson and Cindy Pearson There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. … Continued

Weighing Your Contraceptive Options

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. While we we don’t know if your pain is directly linked to Depo Provera, Depo Provera is commonly associated with a loss of bone mineral … Continued