Birth Control
Personal Essays
Confession: It Shouldn’t Matter WHY You Use Contraception, Damn It

photo via Flickr Our new intern, Vanessa Martini, a senior at Bard College, has a confession to make. Well, it’s more of a rant really than a confession, but we’re with her!: Though the furor around this electoral season’s contraception debate has quieted somewhat in mainstream media, the topic continues to rumble around feminist spaces […]

What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate’s Top 5 Reasons Why Contraception Should Be Covered

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions every few weeks on To ask her your own question, click here. This week, she addresses the recent debates about contraception. I’m an OB/GYN, and my specialty is family planning. This means […]

Naked News: The Women’s (Dwindling) Reproductive Rights Edition

photo via Flickr SNL has an actually funny and actually informative round-up of all the bullshit last week. The testimony Republicans didn’t want you to hear last week. Hello? Why aren’t we talking about the tons of unplanned pregnancies — and their sky-high costs — that contraception saves us from? For great coverage on all the latest […]

Republican Candidates Are to the Right of Mississippi on Birth Control & Abortion

photo via Flickr The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data yesterday showing that the US still has the highest teen pregnancy rates in the developed world. And the new global abortion study from the U.S.-based Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization (that’s published in the Jan. 19 issue of The Lancet) found that abortion […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: Can I Use More Than One Contraceptive?

photo via flickr Every few weeks, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, will be answering your questions on To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, Is it possible to be on more than one contraceptive method at the […]

Pop Culture
Super Sketchy But Awesome Condom Campaign of the Week

We’ve all had our share of dubious Facebook friend requests — that regrettable one-night stand you’d almost succeeding in forgetting, your former therapist, your ex, your mom. But what about a Facebook request from your unborn child? A bunch of guys in Brazil were recently friend-requested by babies with their own name, plus the “Jr.” […]

Poll: Would You Rely on a Male Birth Control Pill?

If a male birth control pill hit the market today, would you rely on it? Pick the answer that best reflects your strongest conviction, men in the first poll, women in the second: Men Only Poll: Would You Take a Male Birth Control Pill? Ladies Only Poll: Would You Trust a Male Birth Control Pill? […]

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Dear Dr. Kate: Can You Get Pregnant Without Intercourse?

photo by Marina(im.back) Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here every two weeks. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, Can you get pregnant without having actual intercourse? And if so, how? — Curious Georgina […]

Sexual Health
It’s Official: Your Insurance Provider Now Has to Cover Your Contraceptives

We reported last week that a leading U.S. medical advisory panel recommended that all insurers be required to cover contraceptives for women free of charge. Well, guess what? The Obama administration went for it! And we don’t mean the kind of “free” where you have to pay an annoying co-pay or other deductible. We mean 100% […]

Personal Essays
Confession: Top 10 Things I Learned from an Anti-Condom Boyfriend

photo by Jenny Lee Silver A college-student contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: I came into college and out of my first relationship ready to be single and to enjoy my new-found singledom with as many new people as possible. Generally, things went pretty well for me. […]