Contraception
What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: Is Generic Pill As Good as Brand Name?

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 a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, A few months ago, I read (on a reputable website) that generic birth control pills can sometimes not be […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: Pro-Choice Means Giving Him a Choice, Too

photo by internets_dairy I’ve always known that I’m in a minority on this issue, but I’m going to voice it anyway. I absolutely believe that if a mother doesn’t want the child and the father does, that she should carry the child to term and he raises the child. Is that “imposing” on the woman’s […]

What's Up Doc?
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 […]

Your Call
Your Call: Do We Need Male Reproductive Rights?

the seahorse is the only male animal that gets knocked up Dear Em & Lo, The way I see it, there is simply no such concept as male reproductive rights. If your girl gets pregnant and wants to keep the baby, congratulations, you’re a dad! Pay up, sucker. If you want to keep it but […]

Toys
(Relatively) New Product: Trojan Ecstasy Condoms

Since we were extolling the virtues of condoms the other day (in light of all the withdrawal hub-bub), we wanted to talk about a new brand on the market. While we often automatically dismiss Trojans as your basic, quintessential (i.e. unexciting) condom, they’ve actually been making real efforts to compete with some of the more […]

Advice
5 Reasons Why the Pull-Out Method (Withdrawal) Is Not as Good as Condoms

Please, just say yes to condoms. There’s been a lot of media drooling over the latest research which suggests that withdrawal may be a legitimate form of birth control. This is great news for couples in long-term, monogamous, committed relationships who have complete trust in one another, who have made an educated decision to be […]

Vids
Durex Sells Sex Well

We love when sex isn’t just limited to hot 20-something models with eating disorders (via Gawker) When every product from cars to instant rice tries to use sex to sell itself, it’s refreshing to see a commercial actually using sex appropriately. A new one from Durex (above, and the first in the list after the […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: Birth Control for Him?

photo by stevendepolo 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 a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, My boyfriend and I have been together for six months now, and we are thinking […]

Personal Essays
Confession: I’m Gonna Keep My (Hypothetical) Baby

Our contributor Abby Spector, who is double-majoring in English and Feminine/Gender/Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, has a confession to make: “If you got pregnant, you’d have an abortion — right?” Max asked during our customary post-coital cuddle a few months back. My mind began to spin. For the seventeen years I had been a virgin, […]

Toys
"TheyFit" Condoms — First Come, First Served

part of the measuring instructions for TheyFit condoms TheyFit Condoms were the first sized-to-fit condoms available a few years back. (Before ordering, you actually needed to use their Fit Kit™ to measure “the Johnson in question.”) It was a revolutionary idea, but then they mysteriously disappeared from the market. Now they’re back at Condomania for […]

Toys
Cruelty-Free, Lactose-Intolerant Condoms

Glyde Condoms Being a vegan is hard sometimes: going out to restaurants with friends makes you as high maintenance as Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally; stand-up comedy is usually not a career option; and finding a condom made without animal by-products like milk protein is damn near impossible. Thank goodness for Glyde Condoms, […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: Does Long-Term Pill Usage Make It Hard to Get Pregnant Later?

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 a week. To ask her your own question, click here. Dear Dr. Kate, Right now I am absolutely not interested in having children. But in time, all things change. I have […]

Do It Tonight
Do It Tonight! Try a Polyurethane Condom

When you consider the long history of condoms (they’ve been around since people started putting tortoiseshells on their jammies), one of the more recent developments is polyurethane: the material of the future, a Walt Disney wet dream, plastic. The benefits of polyurethane are myriad: Much, much thinner, odor-free and tasteless, transparent and thus respectful of […]

What's Up Doc?
Dear Dr. Kate: Can You Tell Me All About the NuvaRing?

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City who’ll be answering your medical questions here regularly. After her recent post on the NuvaRing, a lot of you asked for more information on this birth control device, so here goes: The NuvaRing is one of my favorite forms […]

Do It Tonight
Do It Tonight! Upgrade Your Condom

photo by trec_lit In this economy, terms like “upgrade” and “luxury” and “premium” are almost four-letter words. But if we’re talking about a product that usually costs under a dollar, we’re hoping you can afford to invest just a few more cents in it. (Come on, all the cool kids know that a recession is […]

What's Up Doc?
Dr. Kate: Does the NuvaRing Deserve Its Bad Press?

Dr. Kate is an OB/GYN at one of the largest teaching hospitals in New York City who’ll be answering your medical questions here regularly: Dr. Kate, I’m writing you because I’m a bit confused about NuvaRing. I would like to try it and I’m fitted to do so (no weight, age, smoking issues…) but I […]