Can I get pregnant if I have PCOS?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a very common health condition for women caused by a hormonal imbalance. PCOS causes your body to produce more androgens or testosterone than usual. This hormonal imbalance can affect your ovaries and lead to problems with menstruation and fertility. PCOS can cause your eggs to develop incorrectly or to not … Continued

Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

Is Natural Cycles a Sign of 21st Century Innovation or Mike Pence’s Influence in the FDA? 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 … 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 the role politics may have played in expediting the FDA’s clearance of Natural Cycles and why consumers should think twice. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic … 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

What are the facts about Zika virus?

How can I protect myself from the Zika virus and if you test positive for zika, when is it safe to become pregnant after the diagnosis? The Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, but can also be spread through unprotected sex with someone who is infected with … Continued

Getting Pregnant After 35

I’ve heard that it’s more dangerous for women to give birth after age 35 but I’ve also heard that that the dangers might have been exaggerated. What’s the truth? I’m 38. Are there things I should be worried about? If you’re over 35 and looking to get pregnant, you’re not alone. It’s becoming more and … Continued

Birth Control After Childbirth

After I give birth, how soon do I need to resume my birth control to prevent getting pregnant again?   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. It’s still possible to become pregnant even if you’re … Continued

Who Cares? How Doulas Engage in Radical Acts of Kindness

By Mary Mahoney, LCSW and Lauren Mitchell, M.S. At a workshop last fall on “creating a more inclusive organization,” the facilitator passed around a sheet of paper with 30 key values listed on it. “Please circle the five values that you think are most important to the health and well-being of your organization,” he told … Continued

Abortion Without Provider Involvement!

When I looked up the word “autonomy” in the Webster’s dictionary, it was defined as the right to self-government. Nowhere near that word did I find Democrat or Republican or any other political party affiliation. For years, anti-choice politicians have made it their mission to decrease a woman’s access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare options.  This … Continued

Is Medication Abortion a Safe Option to End an Unintended Pregnancy

We’ve been surrounded by news stories about women being penalized for wanting to end their pregnancy by taking pills. Can you tell me more about medication abortion? Is it a safe option for ending an unwanted pregnancy?   Women decide to have an abortion for a variety of reasons. It is important for all women … Continued