The cost of family planning

Well-meaning friends and family members always have questions. When you start dating someone for a while, they want to know when you are getting married. When you get married, they want to know when you are going to have a baby. When you have a baby, they want to know if you are going to have another baby. (And, if several years go by, they really want to know if you are going to have another baby. If you hedge at all, they are happy to remind you that you should do it now.)...more

Is Your Birth Control Making You Fat?

Weight Gain and Birth Control...more

7 Reasons to Consider Natural Birth Control

7 Healthy Reasons to Choose Natural Birth Control...more

Mirena Implant May Increase Risk of STD

Bayer Pharmaceuticals make an IUD called “Mirena”. This form of birth control has been getting a lot of bad media for the dangerous side effects it is causing. There are thousands of lawsuits pending and more frightening stories coming to light. Among the many claims of the victims are the often irreversible side effects they have experienced....more

Excessive Bleeding is a Warning Sign: Mirena IUD

Excessive Bleeding is a Warning SignThe IUD is a form of reversible birth control  and one of the most popular worldwide with almost 150 million users. Mirena must be placed by a medical provider and usually costs between $700-$1200. It contains the hormone Levonorgestrel and has the opposite effects as our own progesterone (which only makes sense really given that progesterone is often called the ‘pregnancy hormone’)....more

Mirena IUD Dangerous Side Effects you Need to Watch For

Bayer Pharmaceuticals make an IUD called “Mirena”. This popular form of birth control has been under fire for the dangerous side effects it is causing. Thousands of lawsuits are pending litigation. Among the many claims of the victims, Bayer is accused of intentionally selling a dangerous product, deceptive advertising and concealing the risk of complications....more

Why "The Pill" Can Cause Sexual Pain in Some Women

After having pretty normal sex in my early 20s, orgasms and all, I got married and started on birth control pills. Shortly after this I developed severe Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD) which is a long name for a burning pain in the genital region during and after sex.  During the 1980s PVD was thought to be because women didn’t like sex, now we know that hormonal birth control like the Pill can increase a woman’s chance of developing PVD by 4 to 11 times!...more

Real Talk: Your Period, Birth Control and Your Bones

Did you know that there are more than 50 different kinds of birth control pills, and even more methods of birth control? So many options, so many factors to consider! But, along with all the different side effects of birth control, many women rarely consider the nutritional consequences of the various methods. Unfortunately, depending on the method, there may be bone health consequences (decreased bone density can lead to osteoporosis and fractures later in life), weight effects, or medication interactions....more

Iran Was Too Good At Birth Control And It Backfired

Last week, Iran’s parliament approved a ban on permanent birth control and birth control advertising. The ban includes vasectomies and similar women’s surgeries, and doctors who carry out these procedures will face arrest. The passage of the bill was covered in the West with the usual tongue-in-cheek style reserved for times when a Middle Eastern country behaves in exactly the way the dominant Western narrative dictates it should. But in the case of Iran’s permanent birth control ban, the simplification is a staggering example of modern Orientalism....more

You're in for a surprise if you picked your partner while on the pill

Over half of women who use hormonal contraceptives do so in their mate selection years, between 16 to 34 years of age. But the pill can change how a woman “sees” the world and interfere with our biologic and instinctual ability to choose the man with the best genes for our future children....more
lexismonroe Thanks! I too have been surprised by the lack of interest by our health research ...more