Birth Control
What's Up Doc?
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. […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: More Praise for IUDs

illus. of Paraguard IUD via Med.unc.edu Figleaf commenting on the post “Give Us an I, Give Us a U, Give Us a D!” It’s been, what, 45 years since sales of the infamous Dalkon Shield IUD were suspended. And virtually everything we “know” about how bad IUDs are comes from… the Dalkon Shield. It’s also […]

Sexual Health
Give Us an I! Give us a U! Give us a D!

illus. of Paraguard IUD via Med.unc.edu Move over, Pill! According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the IUD is a whole lot more effective — and safer than was traditionally thought. For a long time IUDs have been recommended only for women in long-term monogamous relationships who’d already had children — this was […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Vanessa, Is There a Pill That Won’t Make Me Moody or Pudgy?

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 here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, The last time I tried going on the Pill, it made me crazy (depressed, overly emotional, etc). […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa, What Are My Semi-Permanent Birth Control Options?

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 here. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, I don’t want any more kids, but I really don’t want my tubes tied […]

Personal Essays
Confession: The Top 10 Reasons I Love My IUD

photo by Liz Henry (laptop included for scale) Our contributor Abby Spector, who is majoring in Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, confesses her love for her IUD: No hormones! But if you like hormones, they offer one with hormones. I don’t need to remember take a pill, change a patch, get another shot, or visit […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: What’s Good Pre-Menopause Birth Control?

photo by Jenny Lee Silver 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, My mom’s hormones started changing when she was 38, and she actually got […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Oops! I Forgot to Use Condoms

photo by trec_lit Dear Em & Lo, I’ve been sleeping with this guy for about three weeks, and our semi-non-relationship began the night after he broke up with his girlfriend of 8 months. We used a condom the first couple times, but then we stopped. I’m on the Pill and while I’m not worried about […]