Contraception health risks

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Democratic senators ask Biden administration to mandate coverage of OTC birth control

Nov 3, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration in July approved the first nonprescription oral contraceptive, called “Opill.” Read more


FDA approves first nonprescription oral contraceptive ‘Opill’ 

Jul 13, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

Opill will be available to all ages, available at retail drug stores, without the consultation or guidance of a doctor. Read more

Hormonal birth control still increases breast cancer risk, study finds

Dec 7, 2017

A recent study out of Denmark shows that women on any kind of hormonal birth control are susceptible to an... Read more

Over half of UK women who sought abortion last year used contraceptives

Aug 3, 2017

Recent statistics show that more than half of women seeking abortions in Britain last year were using at least one... Read more

New study: Birth control pills reduce women's well-being

Apr 27, 2017

A new Swedish study has shown that women who are taking the contraceptive pill might be putting themselves at risk... Read more

Essure coil.

Metal coil birth control gets strictest possible warning

Dec 1, 2016

By Mary Farrow

Angela Desa was 28 years-old when she got Essure, a form of permanent birth control made of flexible metal and... Read more

FDA Building in Silver Spring, MD.

Exclusive: Essure victims plan hunger strike in front of FDA during Pope's visit

Jul 28, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Last month, it looked like the thousands of women who have suffered detrimental side effects from the birth control device... Read more

The dark side of living 'childfree'

Jun 25, 2015

By Mary Farrow

A few months ago, several writers opened up a conversation they felt was long overdue in a book titled “Selfish,... Read more

LA editorial wrong on birth control, Catholic women charge

Feb 6, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

Women medical experts, theologians and writers joined voices in rejecting a Los Angeles Times editorial by a prominent birth control... Read more


Smokers' use of contraceptives up risk of heart attacks, blood clots

May 21, 2012

Women who are smokers and use hormonal contraceptives – whether pills, patches or rings – are at greater risk for... Read more