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Minnesota Trial Focuses on Pharmacist Who Refused to Provide Morning-After Pill

A Minnesota jury is expected to decide by the end of this week whether a woman's human rights were violated when a pharmacist denied her request to fill a prescription for emergency contraception, sometimes called the morning-after pill.

Though the case dates back to 2019, the issue is ...

FDA Mulling Over-the-Counter Sale of Contraceptive Pill

For decades, birth control pills in the United States have only been available with a prescription, but an application filed Monday with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for an over-the-counter pill might change all that.

The lates...

Some Pharmacy Chains Limit Morning-After Pill Sales to Avoid Potential Shortage

CVS and Rite Aid are limiting purchases of morning-after pills in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

To avoid a shortage, CVS is temporarily restricting purchases of the

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  • With Abortion Access Under Threat, Doctors Focus on 'Contraceptive Counseling'

    Women are more apt to use birth control when doctors treat it like a routine preventive health service, a new research review shows.

    The analysis of 38 past studies found that women were more likely to use contraception when doctors were proactive about counseling them on the options, and in many cases providin...

    Supreme Court Set to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Leaked Draft Opinion Shows

    The U.S. Supreme Court is on the verge of striking down the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, a leaked draft opinion shows.

    In the draft opinion, a majority of the court voted to overturn the 1973 decision that granted abortion rights to all American women.

    "It is time to heed the Constituti...

    Taken Prior to Sex, New Combo Pill May Prevent Pregnancy for Days

    Imagine a birth control pill a woman can take before having sex that prevents pregnancy for the next three to five days.

    This may become a reality, according to a small, new study.

    The traditional birth control pill is taken daily, while

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  • STDs May Be More Common Than Thought Among U.S. High School Kids

    Too few sexually active teens are getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new report by U.S. health officials.

    In all, just 20% of sexually active high school students said they were tested for an STD - now called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - in the past year, according to researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    A New Male Birth Control Pill Works - in Mice

    Science is moving closer to a male contraceptive pill, and human clinical trials of a non-hormonal version could begin later this year, researchers say.

    The experimental contraceptive works in mice, according to a preliminary study scheduled for presentation Wednesday at an American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in San Diego.

    "Scientists have been trying for decades to develop an ...

    Florida Lawmakers Ban Most Abortions After 15 Weeks

    Florida legislators voted on Thursday to ban most abortions after 15 weeks, a move that would severely restrict access to the procedure for women in that state.

    The bill -- modeled after a similar abortion ban in Mississippi that the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on this summer...

    IUDs a Very Effective Form of Birth Control, Study Confirms

    You've just delivered your second or third child, and you're ready to close the door on any future pregnancies. Does it matter whether you choose to use an IUD or have your tubes tied?

    It turns out that IUDs are nearly as effective as having your tubes tied in preventing unwanted pregnancies and cause fewer side...

    Could Semen Hold Key to New Over-the-Counter Contraceptive?

    No contraceptive is perfect, and scientists continue searching for safer, more effective methods.

    Now, researchers have found a way to trap sperm in semen's natural gel state, and they believe their findings could point the way to a new type of birth control.

    Normally, semen liquefies after ejaculation, which enables sperm to swim through a woman's reproductive system to fertilize a...

    Better Access to Birth Control Boosts School Graduation Rates

    Access to free or low-cost birth control may be an important factor in improving young women's futures, according to new research from Colorado.

    When access to affordable birth control increased, the percentage of young women leaving high school before graduation dropped by double digits, while the rates of pregnancies and abortions also dropped. The study, led by University of Colorado a...

    An IUD Could Ward Off Endometrial Cancer in Women at Risk

    For some patients who have early endometrial cancer or a precancerous condition, a hysterectomy may not be a good option because of serious health issues or the desire to preserve fertility.

    Now, a new Australian study has found that a hormonal IUD might be an effective treatment option for these women.

    About 82% of women who had a precancerous condition and used the levonorgestrel...

    Could the Pill Reduce Asthma Attacks?

    Women with asthma may suffer fewer severe symptom attacks if they are on birth control pills, a large new study suggests.

    The study of more than 83,000 women with asthma found that those who used birth control pills for at least three years tended to have fewer severe flare-ups.

    The difference between pill users and non-users was small, and the findings do not prove a cause-and-effe...

    Birth Control Pill Won't Raise Depression Risk

    Women who struggle with mental health problems will sometimes forgo the most effective forms of birth control because of concerns about worsening those issues, but a new study delivers a reassuring finding: The pill and other forms of hormonal birth control do not raise depression risk.

    "This is a very common concern," explained senior study author Dr. Jessica Kiley, chief of general...

    Obamacare's Birth Control Coverage May Have Reduced Unplanned Pregnancies

    When Obamacare made contraception affordable, the rate of unplanned pregnancies among poor Americans declined, a new study reports.

    The Affordable Care Act's (ACA) elimination of out-of-pocket costs for birth control was tied to fewer births in all income groups, but especially among poorer women, the new research found. In fact, the lowest income group had a 22% decline in births after t...

    Most U.S. Women Under 50 Use Contraception: Report

    Most American women between 15 and 49 years of age use birth control, according to a new U.S. government report.

    Between 2017 and 2019, 65% of those women used some form of contraception, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    "This report provides this unique snapshot of all women of reproductive age at a point in time," said lead researche...

    Fewer Tiny Newborns in States With More Reproductive Rights: Study

    Greater reproductive rights for women -- such as access to sex education and birth control -- are associated with lower rates of low birth weight babies, a new study finds.

    Reproductive rights refer to a woman's right to plan motherhood. This includes use of birth control or abortion, access to reproductive health services and sex ed in the public schools.

    "Our study provi...

    Women's Reproductive Health Tied to Later Heart Disease

    Pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and miscarriage, may be linked to an increased risk of heart disease later in life, a new study suggests.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed 32 reviews that assessed women of childbearing age and their subsequent risk of heart disease. The women in those papers were followed for an average of seven to 10 years.

    Several rep...

    Birth Control Pill Could Cut Women's Risk for Asthma

    Could birth control pills build a bulwark against asthma?

    New research suggests that hormonal contraceptives, which alter the natural ebb and flow of female hormones, may do just that.

    A study of more than half a million women in the United Kingdom found that those who used hormonal contraceptives -- be it pills or patches or shots -- had a significantly lower risk of develo...

    Antibiotics Might Lower Effectiveness of Birth Control Pill

    Doctors have long suspected it, but a comprehensive new study provides more evidence that antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills.

    That means women who are using both types of drugs at once should take extra precautions to avoid an unintended pregnancy, the study's British authors say.

    The study couldn't prove cause and effect. However, it "suggests t...

    Not a Myth -- Contraceptives Can Cause Weight Gain

    Genetics may explain why some women gain weight when using a popular method of birth control, researchers say.

    "For years, women have said that birth control causes them to gain weight but many doctors failed to take them seriously," said lead study author Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz. He's assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology and family planning at the University of Colorado School of...

    Interventions Boost Abstinence, Condom Use Among Black Teens: Study

    Sexual health programs appear to help increase condom use and abstinence among black American teens, researchers say.

    They analyzed data from 29 studies that examined the effect of school- and community-based programs on nearly 12,000 teens.

    "We focused on black adolescents because they face greater health disparities when it comes to the risk of unplanned pregnancy and cont...

    How Does Your Choice of Birth Control Affect Sexual Desire?

    Many women use birth control pills or other hormone-based contraceptives to enjoy sex without fear of an unplanned pregnancy. But could they kill your mojo?

    There has been some concern that a woman's sex drive can drop after starting a new form of hormone-based birth control. Sex drive studies involving the pill, the patch and hormone-releasing intrauterine devices (IUDs) have been m...

    A Birth Control Pill You Take Just Once a Month?

    Scientists have developed a method that might eventually allow women to take birth control pills just once a month.

    In lab experiments, the researchers found that their tiny drug-delivery device -- contained within a gelatin-coated capsule -- worked as hoped: In pigs, it remained in the stomach, slowly releasing the birth control hormone levonorgestrel for up to one month.

    M...

    Birth Control Pill May Alter Part of Women's Brains

    A small, preliminary study suggests that a brain area called the hypothalamus appears to be about 6% smaller in women who use birth control pills.

    But exactly what that means isn't yet clear. In this study, women on the pill had statistically significant increases in anger. Researchers also found a possible link with depression symptoms.

    The good news: They didn't see ...

    AHA News: Serious Heart Defects Increase Heart Failure Risk in Early Adulthood

    Babies born with serious heart defects are surviving to adulthood in greater numbers, but new research shows they face another hurdle when they get there: heart failure.

    The study found children born with the most critical heart problems were 30 times more likely to develop or die from heart failure or need a transplant in young adulthood than those born with less severe heart proble...

    Long-Acting Birth Control in a Patch?

    Researchers have developed a skin patch that might one day give women the ability to self-administer long-acting birth control.

    The patch, which contains "micro-needles" absorbed into the skin, is seen as a possible alternative to current long-acting contraceptives. Those methods -- intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants -- are highly effective at preventing pregnancy....

    AHA News: Prolific Pianist Uses Music to Heal, Inspire

    As soon as Paul Cardall was born, doctors knew something was terribly wrong. He was a blue baby. Oxygenated blood wasn't pumping properly through his body.

    At only 22 hours old, Cardall underwent a difficult operation to save his life. The doctors discovered what amounted to only half a functioning heart and they warned his parents it was only a temporary fix for his complex congenit...

    Before Choosing an IUD for Birth Control, Know the Facts

    Despite the fact that intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are extremely effective forms of birth control, one expert thinks many women don't have all the facts when considering the option.

    Ob-gyn Dr. M. Kathleen Borchardt, from Houston Methodist Health System, is hoping to set the record straight with five basic facts about IUDs.

    First off, when your doctor puts an IUD in place i...

    Is It Safe to Order Your Birth Control Online?

    In recent years, a growing number of companies have been offering prescriptions for birth control through web-based services and smartphone apps. Now a "secret shopper" study suggests it's a safe and reliable source for women.

    So-called "telecontraception" services have emerged as an alternative to trips to the doctor or local family planning clinic. They allow women to get prescripti...

    Make All Hormonal Birth Control Available Without Prescription, Doctors' Group Says

    A leading group of U.S. doctors has broadened its guidelines on birth control, recommending that all forms of hormonal contraceptives, including vaginal rings and contraceptive patches, be sold over the counter.

    In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said DMPA (depot medroxyprogesterone acetate) injections should also be available over the counter,...

    What Happens When Parents Talk to Kids Frankly About Sex?

    Parents who worry about discussing sex with their kids can relax: New research shows it leads teens to adopt safer practices and doesn't make them more likely to become sexually active.

    That's the upshot of an analysis of 31 studies on the effectiveness of parent-based sexual health interventions. The research included nearly 12,500 9- to 18-year-olds.

    These interventions wo...

    AHA News: Her Heart 'Looked Like Swiss Cheese' After Stroke at 29

    Jennifer Michele always has had a knack for sprucing up spaces. That talent prompted her to start an interior design firm in 2007. She then quickly landed the sort of high-profile design job that can make a career.

    Less than a year later, at age 29, she had a stroke.

    It happened on a late November morning in Vail, Colorado, where Michele lived with her then-husband Brent W...

    AHA News: With Help, Boy's Dreams of Flight Get to Soar Despite His Heart Issues

    As soon as he could walk, Easton Fryer bolted into his backyard whenever he heard an airplane flying over his home in Hamilton, Montana.

    His second birthday party was held at the Ravalli County Airport. His first flight came months later. He's since flown in a two-seater and a helicopter. After his first commercial trip, the crew let him announce over the loudspeaker, "This is your c...

    Longer Rx for Birth Control Pills a Smart Idea for Female Vets: Study

    Giving U.S. female military veterans a year's supply of birth control pills would reduce their risk of unwanted pregnancies and lower health care costs, a new study finds.

    The researchers also found that the health care cost savings would more than outweigh the expense of providing birth control pills in larger quantities.

    Specifically, among the approximately 24,000 women r...

    How to Know If Your PMS Is Something More Serious

    A severe and potentially disabling form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) affects up to 5% of women of childbearing age, an expert says.

    Like PMS, premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may cause bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue and changes in sleep and eating habits. In PMDD, at least one of these symptoms also occurs: sadness or hopelessness; anxiety or tension; extreme moodine...

    FDA Orders Label Warning on Alcohol Use With 'Female Viagra'

    A drug touted as a "female Viagra" can cause severe low blood pressure and fainting when used with alcohol, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.

    As a result, the agency has ordered the drug's maker Sprout Pharmaceuticals to make a safety labeling change to Addyi (flibanserin).

    The boxed warning, contraindication, warnings and precautions, and adverse reactions sectio...

    Some Boys Are Having Sex Before 13

    Talking to your children about sex can be awkward, but new research suggests that parents need to have those conversations much earlier than they do.

    In two national surveys, investigators found that between 4% and 8% of boys reported having sex before they were 13. That number varied greatly depending on where the boys lived. In San Francisco, just 5% of boys said they h...

    Birth Control Pills May Protect Against Most Serious Ovarian Cancer: Study

    The protection that birth control pills offer against ovarian cancer is strongest with the most aggressive forms of the disease, a new study says.

    For several years, researchers have noted that women who have used oral contraceptives are less likely to develop ovarian cancer. This study took a closer look at that link.

    Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center ...

    'Male Pill' Makes Another Advance

    A male contraceptive pill, long a goal of men -- and women -- everywhere, may be one step closer to reality, U.S. researchers report.

    They say their experimental pill appears to be safe while reducing levels of hormones key to sperm production.

    "Our results suggest that this pill, which combines two hormonal activities in one, will decrease sperm production while preserving ...

    Are Some Birth Control Methods Doomed to Fail?

    Women who get pregnant when using certain contraceptives might have their genes to blame, a new study suggests.

    A gene variant that breaks down hormones in birth control could be the culprit, researchers reported.

    "When a woman says she got pregnant while on birth control, the assumption was always that it was somehow her fault," said lead study author Dr. Aaron Lazorwitz. "...

    Surge in Long-Term Birth Control After Trump's 2016 Win

    Interpret the data whatever way you will, but a new study shows a jump in women getting long-term contraception in the month following the election of President Donald Trump.

    The researchers' theory?

    Study author Dr. Lydia Pace acknowledged that "there is limited concrete evidence about why this may have happened," but she stressed that the findings "strongly suggest that th...

    'Cocktail' Approach Offers Early Hope for New Male Contraceptive

    The research is in its early days, but Chinese scientists say they're using bartenders' tricks to stir up a new, reversible male contraceptive.

    In experiments with rats, the method successfully kept sexually active males from impregnating females for more than two months.

    "The two most widely used male contraceptives are condom and vasectomy," noted a team led by Xiaolei Wan...

    Teen Birth Control Use Up, But Still Too Many Unwanted Pregnancies

    Today's teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research finds.

    Teens who didn't use birth control during their first month of sexual activity faced nearly a fourfold increase in the risk of an unwanted pregnancy within three months, the study found.

    "Our findings suggest that early in...