Contraception
Teen Sex? Planned Parenthood Has an App for That

Actually, make that nine apps. Planned Parenthood knows better than anyone that most teenagers in this country don’t get the sex ed they need. Some schools continue to preach abstinence-only education, despite the fact that research has shown this leads to less safe sex, when the sex finally occurs (and in most cases it doesn’t […]

Comment of the Week: Another Great Argument for Contraception Coverage

Dave, in response to the recent post “It Shouldn’t Matter WHY You Use Contraception, Damn It“: Here is the argument that feels strongest to me. The US Constitution says that the government cannot force religious beliefs on US citizens. Pretty much all hospitals in the US get 50% or more of their money from the […]

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 […]

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 EMandLO.com. 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 […]

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 EMandLO.com. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Vanessa, Is it possible to be on more than one contraceptive method at the […]

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% […]

Dear Dr. Joe: Can Pre-Ejaculate Get a Woman Pregnant?

photo by rightee 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, Can pre-ejaculate get a woman pregnant? — Leaky Dear Leaky, Pre-ejaculate, or “pre-cum,” as it is commonly known, is the predominantly clear fluid that […]

Confession: Withdrawal Is Not an Option

photo by David_and_Katarina 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 […]