Skip to Content

Join the 'Birth Control' group to help and get support from people like you.

Birth Control News

IUD Won't Interfere With Breast-Feeding

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – Women who have a hormonal intrauterine device (IUD) implanted immediately after childbirth can still breast-feed, according to a new study. There's no reason for women to delay using this type of birth control after having a baby, researchers advised. "Bottom line: Early placement of a hormonal IUD is a safe, long-term birth control method that doesn't negatively affect women who want to breast-feed their baby," study first author Dr. David Turok said in a University of Utah news release. Turok is an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology. For the study, researchers randomly divided more than 250 women into two groups. One group received a hormonal IUD within 30 minutes of giving birth. The other group received a hormonal IUD between four and 12 weeks after delivery. The study found that the hormones in the IUD did not delay lactation among the new ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa, TriNessa

More Teen Dads?

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2017 – The number of teen mothers in the United States remained stable over two generations, but the number of teen fathers increased, new research shows. For the study, researchers analyzed data from two groups of about 10,000 people – those born in 1962-1964 and those born in 1980-1982. In both groups, about 8 percent of females were mothers at age 17. But the percentage of men in the younger group who were fathers at age 17 was nearly double the 1.7 percent seen in the older group, the findings showed. The study also found that teen mothers and fathers increasingly came from single-mother families with disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, the percentage of teen mothers or teen fathers living with their partners didn't change, but far fewer were married in the younger group. The findings were published recently in the journal Child Youth Care Forum. There are a ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa

Are Today's Teens Putting the Brakes on Adulthood?

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Parents may still marvel at how fast their kids grow up, but a new study finds that U.S. teenagers are maturing more slowly than past generations. In some ways, the trend appears positive: High school kids today are less likely to be drinking or having sex, versus their counterparts in the 1980s and 1990s. But they are also less likely to go on dates, have a part-time job or drive – traditional milestones along the path to adulthood. So is that slower development "good" or "bad"? It may depend on how you look at it, the researchers said. According to "life history theory," neither fast nor slow development is inherently good or bad, said study author Jean Twenge. Still, there are "trade-offs" to each path, explained Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University. "The upside of slower development is that teens aren't growing up before they ... Read more

Related support groups: Anxiety, Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Anxiety and Stress, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Social Anxiety Disorder, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra

8 Ways College Women Can Protect Their Health

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – The start of college means it's time for young women to take charge of their health. Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, offers several tips in a university news release. Know your health status. Talk to your parents and your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date with health screenings, shots and prescriptions. Ask about the status of allergies and other health issues. Guard against HPV. Sridhar said college students should make sure they have been immunized for human papilloma virus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. "It can cause cervical cancer but can be prevented by the HPV vaccination and screening with pap smears," she said. Know how to get health care on campus. Find out the location of the closest health center that accepts your insurance. Keep track of menstrual ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Allergic Reactions, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Urinary Tract Infection, Allergies, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 18 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid pesticides. But if they live near agriculture, where pesticides can blow in, this might be a way to counter those effects," said Schmidt. She is an assistant professor of public health sciences at the University of California, Davis. It's estimated that one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder, which can range from mild to severe. There is no single cause, but research suggests a combination of genetic and environmental influences plays a role, according to the U.S. National Institutes of ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa, TriNessa

Mom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal Brain

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – Chatting away on a cellphone while pregnant doesn't appear to have a negative effect on the brain development of the growing fetus, a new study reports. "The concern for harm to the fetus caused by radio frequency electromagnetic fields, such as those emitted by mobile phones, is mainly driven by reports from experimental animal studies with inconsistent results," said study lead author Eleni Papadopoulou, with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. "Even though this is an observational study, our findings do not support the hypothesis of adverse effects on child's language, communication and motor skills due to the use of mobile phone during pregnancy," she said. The researchers examined a large pool of data from a population-based pregnancy study in Norway. The data included information from more than 45,000 women and their babies during pregnancy and ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Hydrocephalus, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

6 in 10 of America's Single Guys 'Take Responsibility' for Contraception

Posted 31 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – About six in 10 sexually active single men in the United States are taking responsibility for birth control, government health officials say. When they have sex, these unmarried males are using a condom (45 percent), vasectomy, "withdrawal," or a combination, according to a new report released Thursday from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the study, the researchers surveyed about 3,700 unmarried and sexually active men, aged 15 to 44. The researchers found that use of any male birth control method rose from about 52 percent in 2002 to more than 59 percent by 2011-2015. Male-method contraception was highest (75 percent) among men who had never married, followed by formerly married men (55 percent) and men currently living with their partner (36 percent), said study lead author Kimberly Daniels. Daniels is a statistician with the CDC's ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa

America's New Dads Are Older Than Ever

Posted 30 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 30, 2017 – New dads may sport a few more gray hairs than in years past, a U.S. study finds. The average age of new fathers has risen in recent decades, research shows, raising questions about the possible social and public health impact. The study, which analyzed federal birth records, found that fathers of newborns are now 3.5 years older, on average, than their counterparts in the early 1970s. And the percentage of births to fathers older than 40 has more than doubled – from about 4 percent in 1972, to 9 percent in 2015. The pattern is not surprising, since it parallels what's been seen among U.S. women. But much less research has explored the changing demographics of American fathers, according to senior researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg. "I think it's important for us to pay attention to these demographic shifts and what their implications could be for society," ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Female Infertility, Delivery, Ovulation Induction, Oligospermia, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation, Cesarean Section, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Suicide a Danger for Some Women During Pregnancy: Study

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 28, 2017 – Pregnancy isn't always a happy time. Suicide is a leading cause of death among pregnant and recently pregnant women, a new study finds. "Suicide is up there with causes of death like bleeding and high blood pressure," said Dr. Richard Silver, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago. "There's no question that pregnancy is a time when mental health issues like depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts manifest themselves," added Silver, who wasn't involved in the study. Pregnant and recently pregnant women can be vulnerable to mental illness due to shifts in hormone levels, Silver said. Also, the "expectation that pregnancy should be a happy time" may be unrealistic, he suggested. For the study, Canadian researchers tracked women in Ontario from 1994 to 2008. They found that 5 percent of deaths during pregnancy or the ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Birth Control, Contraception, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Major Depressive Disorder, Paxil, Citalopram, Sertraline, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Effexor XR, Amitriptyline, Venlafaxine, Escitalopram, Savella

Do Flame Retardants Hinder Infertility Treatments?

Posted 25 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 25, 2017 – Researchers have linked higher exposure to a type of flame retardant to a greater likelihood that in-vitro fertilization won't work. "Couples undergoing IVF and trying to improve their chances of success by reducing their exposure to environmental chemicals may want to opt for products that are flame retardant-free," said senior study author Russ Hauser. He is a professor of reproductive physiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The study is said to be the first to look at possible connections between pregnancy and exposure to organophosphate flame retardants, also known as PFRs. These are used in the manufacturing of polyurethane foam products, and are found in upholstered furniture, baby supplies and gym mats. "These findings suggest that exposure to PFRs may be one of many risk factors for lower reproductive success," study first ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Female Infertility, Ovulation Induction, Primary Ovarian Failure, Follicle Stimulation

Having Same-Sex Parents Won't Affect Kids' Gender Identity: Study

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Same-sex couples are unlikely to influence the gender identity of their adoptive children one way or another, a new study finds. Starting with preschool, researchers tracked the gender identity development of kids from 106 lesbian, gay or heterosexual families. "Parental sexual orientation and family type did not affect children's gender conformity or nonconformity in any significant way," said study author Rachel Farr of the University of Kentucky. At the start of the study, parents filled out questionnaires. The researchers also observed the preschoolers' play and the toys they used. The children were then interviewed five years later. The researchers found that in most cases children displayed behavior and play styles commonly associated with their birth gender, and those patterns were established in early childhood. Family structure was far less associated ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Gender Dysphoria, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Zika May Not Last in Semen as Long as Thought

Posted 18 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 18, 2017 – Zika virus might not remain in the semen of some infected men as long as previously thought, a small study suggests. The researchers said Zika may only be present in semen for about a month. Previous research had suggested that Zika virus can be found in semen for as long as 188 days after the onset of symptoms. The new study included 12 men in French Guiana who had Zika virus. Four of the men never had any detectable Zika in their semen. One excreted Zika virus in his semen for at least three days. And seven had Zika-laced semen for at least a month, the researchers reported. The maximum duration of detectable Zika in semen in the study was 45 days. "These data suggest that not all men who are symptomatically infected with Zika virus will have Zika virus RNA detectable in semen," Dr. Franck de Laval, of the Military Center for Epidemiology and Public Health in ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa

Americans Injuring Themselves Grooming Pubic Hair

Posted 16 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 – Should you consider trimming or shaving "down there," proceed with care – a new study finds injuries tied to pubic hair grooming are more common than you might think. Cuts, burns and infections are reported more than a quarter of the time, according to the online survey of more than 7,500 U.S. adults. "In another study, we found that 3 percent of all adults who were seen in the emergency room for urinary injuries had injuries related to pubic hair grooming," said lead researcher Dr. Benjamin Breyer. He's an associate professor of urology and epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco. In this latest report, Breyer and his team found that nearly 67 percent of men and 85 percent of women said they groomed their pubic hair. Among those who did so, nearly 26 percent said they had injured themselves in the process. Injuries were ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Infections, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera

Only About One-Third of Americans Use Condoms: CDC

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 10, 2017 – Condoms can help prevent pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), but only about a third of Americans use them, a new federal report shows. "The use of condoms is a public health issue," said report author Casey Copen, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. "STDs can lead to long-term consequences, such as infertility," she said. "Condoms, when used consistently and correctly, reduce the risk of HIV and STDs." About 20 million new cases of STDs are diagnosed each year in the United States, the CDC said. These infections include human papillomavirus (HPV), gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, hepatitis and HIV. The choice of whether to use a condom or not is influenced by a number of factors. These include: a woman's desire to get pregnant, one's experience using other ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Plan B, Emergency Contraception, Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Plan B One-Step, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1/20, Hepatitis C, Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera

FDA Approves Medicines360's sNDA for Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg to Prevent Pregnancy for up to Four Years

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

August 6, 2017 – Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN), a leading global pharmaceutical company, and Medicines360, a global nonprofit women's health pharmaceutical company with a mission of expanding access to quality medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Medicines360’s Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) to extend the duration of use of Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg for the prevention of pregnancy for up to four years. “The newly approved indication for Liletta is an important milestone in our work to make this IUD available to women, in partnership with Allergan,” said Jessica Grossman, M.D., CEO of Medicines360. “Our mission is to help women access safe and effective contraception, and the new four-year indication for Liletta is good news for women who want the reliability and flexibility that a hormonal IUD can offer.” ... Read more

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, IUD, Levonorgestrel, Contraceptives, Liletta

Page 1 2 3 ... Next

Ask a Question

Further Information

Related Condition Support Groups

Emergency Contraception, Postcoital Contraception, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Related Drug Support Groups

Provera, Mirena, Nexplanon, Depo-Provera, NuvaRing, Sprintec, Implanon, Tri-Sprintec, Microgestin Fe 1 / 20, view more... Ortho Tri-Cyclen, Yasmin, Ortho Evra, Loestrin 24 Fe, Lutera, Mononessa, TriNessa, Ortho Tri-Cyclen Lo, Yaz, Lo Loestrin Fe, levonorgestrel, Seasonique, medroxyprogesterone, Aviane, Levora, Levlen, Nordette, Junel Fe 1 / 20, Ocella, norethindrone, Alesse, Previfem, Skyla, Apri, Gildess Fe 1 / 20, Triphasil, Orsythia, Sronyx, Cryselle 28, Xulane, Aubra, Gianvi, Jolessa, Microgestin 1 / 20, Ortho Cyclen, Reclipsen, Beyaz, Jolivette, Tri-Previfem, Ogestrel, Ovral, Necon 1 / 35, Microgestin FE 1.5 / 30, Kariva, Ortho Micronor, Chateal, Low-Ogestrel-28, Ogestrel-28, Nora-Be, Quasense, Errin, Trivora, Natazia, generess fe, Camrese, Seasonale, Camila, Zovia, Microgestin 1.5 / 30, Portia, LoSeasonique, Safyral, Azurette, Desogen, ethinyl estradiol / norethindrone, Liletta, Tri-Linyah, ethinyl estradiol / norgestimate, Estarylla, Alesse-28, Amethia, ethinyl estradiol / levonorgestrel, Lessina, Ovral-28, Zarah, Junel Fe 1.5 / 30, Marlissa, Loryna, TriNessa Lo, Tri-Estarylla, Ortho-Cept, Kyleena, drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol, Viorele, Lybrel, Mono-Linyah, Daysee, Lo / Ovral-28, etonogestrel, Vestura, Balziva, desogestrel / ethinyl estradiol, Lyza, Femcon FE, Heather, Enpresse, Mircette, Zenchent, Falmina, Ortho-Novum 7 / 7 / 7, Ortho-Novum 1 / 35, Ashlyna, ethinyl estradiol / norelgestromin, Junel 1 / 20, Lo / Ovral, Nor-QD, norgestrel, Gildess 1 / 20, Triphasil-28, Norplant System, Taytulla, Tri-Lo-Sprintec, Syeda, Amethyst, Velivet, Loestrin Fe 1 / 20, Emoquette, Nortrel 1 / 35, Low-Ogestrel-21, Tilia Fe, Nortrel 7 / 7 / 7, Necon 7 / 7 / 7, copper topical, Cyclessa, Leena, Dasetta, Encare, Solia, Depo-Provera Contraceptive, Tri-Legest Fe, Tri-Lo-Marzia, Amethia Lo, Quartette, Sharobel, Alyacen 1 / 35, Cyred, Altavera, Elinest, Zovia 1 / 35, ulipristal, Estrostep Fe, Nordette-21, Triquilar 28, Pirmella 1 / 35, Modicon, Trivora-28, Loestrin Fe 1.5 / 30, Introvale, Larin 1 / 20, Vienva, Junel 1.5 / 30, Gildagia, Ovcon 35, Enskyce, Gildess 1.5 / 30, estradiol / medroxyprogesterone, Norinyl 1+35, Necon 1 / 50, Alesse-21, Triquilar 21, Kelnor, Ogestrel 0.5 / 50, Larin 1.5 / 30, Norlyda, Cyclafem 1 / 35, Setlakin, Ovrette, Tri-Legest, VCF Vaginal Contraceptive, Conceptrol, CamreseLo, Zeosa, Rajani, Dasetta 1 / 35, Zovia 1 / 50, Loestrin 21 1 / 20, depo-subQ provera 104, Ovcon 35 Fe, Tri-Norinyl, ethinyl estradiol / folic acid / levonorgestrel, Ortho-Novum 1 / 50, Jencycla, Aranelle, Nikki, Ovral-21, mestranol / norethindrone, nonoxynol 9, Simliya, Rivelsa, Simpesse, Levonest-28, Delyla, Yaela, Vyfemla, Nexesta Fe, dienogest / estradiol, octoxynol, Norlyroc, Kimidess, Nylia 7 / 7 / 7, ethinyl estradiol / norgestrel, Leribane, Incassia, Ayuna, Cyonanz, Nylia 1 / 35, ethinyl estradiol / ethynodiol, Volnea, Tri-Lo-Mili, Lillow, Mili, Tri-Mili, Larissia, Femynor, Afirmelle, Deblitane, Fayosim, Kaitlib Fe, Cyclafem 0.5 / 35, Elifemme, drospirenone / ethinyl estradiol / levomefolate calcium, Layolis Fe, Juleber, FaLessa Kit, Bekyree, Tri Femynor, Isibloom, ethinyl estradiol / etonogestrel, Tri-Lo-Estarylla, Min-Ovral 28, Wymzya Fe, Pimtrea, Nortrel 0.5 / 35, Norethin 1 / 35 E, Loestrin 21 1.5 / 30, Nelova 10 / 11, Nelova 1 / 35, Ortho-Gynol Contraceptive, Necon 0.5 / 35, Necon 10 / 11, Caziant, Ovcon 50, Jenest, Ortho-Novum 10 / 11, Lunelle, Cyclafem 7 / 7 / 7, Cesia, Genora 1 / 50, Norethin 1 / 50 M, Nelova 1 / 50 M, Norinyl 1+50, Nordette-28, Tri-Levlen, Triphasil-21, Levlite, Min-Ovral 21, Demulen 1 / 50, Demulen 1 / 35, Genora 1 / 35, Levonest, Pirmella 7 / 7 / 7, Alyacen 7 / 7 / 7, Demulen, Curretab, Amen, Kurvelo, Cycrin, Koromex, Delfen Foam, Emko, Ramses Crystal Clear, Wera, Shur-Seal Gel, Myzilra, Nelova 0.5 / 35, Philith, Dasetta 7 / 7 / 7, Ramses Personal, Koromex Contraceptive, Zenchent Fe, Koromex Crystal Clear Gel, K-Y Plus Nonoxynol 9, Advantage-S, Koromex Cream, Brevicon, Briellyn, Genora 0.5 / 35, Kalliga