Birth Control
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 […]

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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 […]

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Dear Dr. Joe: Can You Reverse a Vasectomy?

photo by galateadia Once a month, Dr. Joe DeOrio, a urologist in Chicago, answers your questions on male sexual health. To ask him your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Joe, I’ve heard that a vasectomy can be reversed. Is this true? And if so, what’s the success rate? — Snipped Dear Snipped, In a […]

Personal Essays
Confession: Withdrawal Is Not an Option

A college-student contributor friend of ours, who wishes to remain anonymous, has a confession to make: “I thought you said you were going to pull out.” In the dark, I could still see his expression, startled yet a little defiant, as if the fact that he had just come inside me without the safety barrier […]

Pop Culture
Best Condom Tagline Ever

We just saw this awesome condom TV commercial from Trojan the other day. We’re not necessarily endorsing the product, just the ad. First of all, the tagline “You can’t wait to get it on”? Genius. How has this not been used to promote condoms before? Second, you gotta love the taboo busting: yes, women buy […]

Wise Guys
What Do Men Think of Women Who Have Their Own Condom Supply?

Advice from three of our guy friends. This week they answer the following: “What do men think of a woman who has her own supply of condoms? What do they think of women who expect men alone to always buy the condoms?“ Gay Married Guy (Jon Ross): I think a woman who has her own […]

News
The 50th Anniversary of The Pill

photo by Jenny Lee Silver This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Pill, and there’s been some interesting coverage of it by the media. Margaret Marsh, one of the first researchers granted access to the personal letters of the Pill’s co-developer, John Rock, discusses his Catholicism, among other Pill tidbits. The Guardian points out […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: What's the Low Down on IUDs? Part 2

illus. of Paraguard IUD via Med.unc.edu Last week, Dr. Vanessa Cullins, a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist and vice president for medical affairs at Planned Parenthood® Federation of America, answered one reader’s question about the IUD and it’s safety. It sparked some debate in the comments, so she’s back this week to address those issues: I think it […]

Dear Em & Lo
Dear Em & Lo: Can I Use the Withdrawal Method?

Dear Em & Lo, I’m really new here to this website, being from the Philippines. It makes me happy to have found you because the topics here are very helpful to me. So, I’m seeking advice. I really love having sex with my boyfriend, I can’t stop myself from doing it, it makes me feel […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa: What’s the Low Down on IUDs? Part 1

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 heard IUDs can cause infertility.  Is that true? It’s a common myth, but it’s not true.  […]

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Dear Dr. Vanessa – Can My Roomie's Hormones Affect My Mood Swings?

photo by ken ratcliff 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, In the summer my roommate and I moved in with two other friends […]

Sexual Health
New York City Wants to Turn You On

Good design used to be completely unheard of in the world of sex accessories — neither function nor form was particularly paid attention to, whether it was a vibrator or a pair of latex undies. Fortunately, in the last decade or so, both form and function have improved immeasurably, and we could not be happier. […]

Sexual Health
Sex at the Winter Olympics

Vancouver is continuing the tradition, started in 1992 at the Barcelona Olympics, of making free condoms available to athletes. They’re matching the amount of 100,000 that the Chinese provided at the last Summer Games. But since there are fewer athletes in the Winter Games than in the Summer, it works out to more condoms per […]

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Everything You Need to Know About the Nuva Ring

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City and she answers your medical questions here once every two weeks. To ask her your own question (not about the Nuva Ring, please), click here. When it comes to hormonal birth control, I get more questions about the NuvaRing […]