Contraception is more commonly referred to as birth control and it is designed to prevent pregnancy. Birth control methods include the pill, condoms, IUDs, and more.

Myths About Contraception and Birth Control

Preconceptions and myths about contraception are frequent. ... read more »

Contraceptive IUD May Halt Endometrial Cancer

Published in the latest issue of Annals of Oncology, is a report by European researchers linking the use of an Intrauterine Device (IUD) with treatment of endometrial cancer. ... read more »

Combination Contraceptive with Folate Approved by FDA

During the first few weeks of gestation, few women know they are pregnant. This is the time when folate levels need to be the highest to prevent neural tube defects ... read more »

Emergency Contraception Morning After Pill

Emergency contraception can be used when, for example, a condom breaks, after a sexual assault, or any time when unprotected sexual intercourse occurs. ... read more »

Contraceptive Gel May Soon Replace Pills

Researchers are studying the effects of a contraceptive gel that could be used in place of pill contraceptives. ... read more »

The Link Between Oral Contraceptives and Prostate Cancer

Researchers have published their findings in BMJ Open linking prostate cancer with the use of oral contraceptives, such as birth control pills. ... read more »

How Does the Birth Control Pill Work?

Birth control pills typically contain a combination of progesterone and estrogen ' reproductive hormones. ... read more »

What Medications Interfere with the Pill?

When taking birth control pills it is imperative that you tell your physician before taking any other form of prescription or over-the-counter medications/supplements. There are medications and supplements that can interfere with how birth control works. ... read more »

Safety of Indomethacin IUD: Random Control Study

Researchers from the China-Japan Friendship Hospital report indomethacin IUD are effective and carry a low risk of complications, including expulsion, bleeding and pain. ... read more »

When is My Period Supposed to Come?

A woman's menstrual cycle, or period, generally takes 28 to 32 daysto complete. There are some women who have shorter cycles and some whohave longer cycles. The only way to determine your cycle length is totrack your periods on a calendar. ... read more »

I Started a New Brand of Pill and My Period Changed. Why?

Birth control pills utilize hormones to regulate ovulation and therefore may change the menstrual cycle. After using one birth control prescription for a while your body adjusts to the hormones and you establish a more regular menstrual cycle. ... read more »

What Foods Interfere With the Pill?

Birth control pills often deliver estrogen to the body in doses high enough to stop ovulation. Some foods also contain estrogen. This brings up the question of foods that could interfere with birth control pills and the effectiveness of those pills. ... read more »

Contraceptives During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

All about contraceptives and pregnancy/breastfeeding. Are they safe for use during pregnancy and/or breastfeeding? ... read more »

Abortion Rates Not Affected by Methotrexate

Methotrexate is a medication used to treat rheumatoid arthritis. The drug is known to cause fetal malformations and birth defects, but researchers claim abortion rates are higher in women not treated with the drug than women on methotrexate at pregnancy. ... read more »

Psychiatric Disorders and Effective Postpartum Contraception

Researchers from the Preventative Medicine Department in Sao Paulo recently published a study in the journal Contraception on the possible link between postpartum psychiatric disorders and choice of contraception. ... read more »

Current State of Vasectomy Reversal

Surgical vasectomy used to be viewed as a permanent means of sterilization, but advancements in microsurgery have changed the playing field. ... read more »

Spermicide Used Alone for Contraception

Researchers from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill recently completed a study review of trials reporting pregnancy rates among women using spermicide as standalone contraception. ... read more »

Twenty Percent of Teen Mothers Already Have Children

When teen pregnancy rates are published it is commonly assumed the teens are getting pregnant for the first time, but that is not the case according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. ... read more »

US Pregnancy Rate Down for Young Women, Up for Those 30+

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has recently released information on the rate of pregnancy for women in the United States. The data indicates a drop in pregnancy rates that was lower only once in the past 30 years, in 1997. ... read more »

Spring Break May Lead to More Teen Pregnancies

Have you ever wondered what month accounts for the highest number of pregnancies? The answer is different for adults and teens. According to current research, teens are more apt to conceive in the month of March; the same month as spring break trips and activities. ... read more »

Research Brings Male Contraceptive Pill a Step Closer

Scientists may be a step closer to developing a new male contraceptive. Scientists from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences found they could block two proteins that trigger sperm transport. ... read more »

What Do Women Know About IU Contraception?

IU or intrauterine contraception is an effective means of protecting against pregnancy, but just how much do women know about this contraceptive option? According to researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, not much. ... read more »