IUDs: Putting the Rumors About Intrauterine Devices to Rest

Like snake oil and fedoras, IUDs (intrauterine devices) have a bad rap. Back in the 1970s, an IUD called the Dalkon Shield became a popular birth control option. Unfortunately, the product’s poor design caused infections in many women. It was pulled from the market, and women were advised to have … [Read more...]

New, Inexpensive IUD Gains FDA Approval

In the past few years, Intrauterine Devices (IUDS) have grown increasingly popular with women because of their no-maintenance, long acting and reversible nature.  One downfall of IUDs, however, is that they can be prohibitively costly – from five hundred dollars to several thousand. That sticker … [Read more...]

Top 5 Preventive Services for Women

Get a healthcare screening! Under the new healthcare legislation, women's preventive health care - such as mammograms, screenings for cervical cancer, prenatal care, and other services - is covered with no out-of-pocket expense. While the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare as some refer … [Read more...]

A New(ish) Permanent Birth Control for Women: Essure

Finding a permanent form of birth control can be a whole new challenge. Women seeking permanent birth control so that they can’t have more children—or any in the first place—have had limited options that included the tubal ligation for women and the vasectomy for men. But for those of us who are … [Read more...]

U.S. Court Lifts Age Restriction for Emergency Contraceptives

Earlier this month, a U.S. District Court issued a ruling that essentially removes age restrictions for the Plan B One-Step emergency contraception (EC) product. In its ruling, the court ordered the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Food and Drug Administration to issue regulations … [Read more...]

Birth Control – Comparing the Options

It seems like you can't turn on the television these days without hearing about the latest and greatest in birth control. While it's nice to have so many choices, some women may have preferred the days when pregnancy prevention was a bit more straightforward. If you're having trouble making sense … [Read more...]