November 18, 2013 The ebb and flow of estrogen levels in a women's monthly cycle may have a protective effect on the eye's retina, ophthalmologists say. And that fluctuation could explain a possible connection between birth control pills and glaucoma. Women who have taken the pill a long time may want to consider glaucoma screening.
July 24, 2013 Plan B One-Step, which costs around $50, will be available on pharmacy and other retail shelves without age restriction. But the much cheaper, two-pill versions will remain behind the pharmacy counter, with prescriptions required for those under age 17.
July 10, 2013 Three years ago, the Catholic Health Association, whose members run hospitals and nursing homes across the country, backed passage of the federal health law. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which represents the hierarchy of the church, opposed it. The groups remain divided over the law's requirement for most employer-based health insurance plans to provide women with contraceptives.
February 1, 2013 Under the proposed rule, employees at nonprofit religious organizations would get access to no-cost contraception, but their employer wouldn't pay for the coverage. The move is another attempt to provide contraceptive coverage without violating the beliefs of religious nonprofits.
February 1, 2013 Some organizations have objected to the health care overhaul's rules, saying they violate religious freedom.
January 30, 2013 Before penicillin was found to be effective against syphilis during World War II, sex brought with it the risk of syphilis, an disease that can cause blindness, dementia and paralysis. An economist argues that treatment was a key factor in the sexual revolution.
November 21, 2012 Easier access to oral contraceptives could reduce unintended pregnancies, doctors say. But the Food and Drug Administration would have to allow purchases of the pill without a prescription, and that's not going to happen anytime soon.
May 25, 2012 Defenders of an Obama administration rule requiring most health insurance plans to offer access to contraception without copays say there's no validity to arguments it violates religious freedom.
May 21, 2012 More than 40 Catholic educational, charitable and other entities filed a dozen lawsuits in federal court around the nation Monday, charging that the Obama Administration's rule requiring coverage of birth control in most health insurance plans violates their religious freedom.
March 26, 2012 When researchers compared the cost of condoms for women with the cost of HIV infections it prevented, they found the relatively new condoms saved between $15 and $20 for every dollar spent on distributing them in Washington.
March 13, 2012 KHNStudents aren't employees, and student health plans are generally individual policies that the students buy on their own, even if they're offered through the college. So mandatory coverage of birth control for students shouldn't be delayed past August, but it could take longer for the faculty, advocates say.
March 6, 2012 An NPR report failed to cite Planned Parenthood as the sponsor of a poll on the birth control insurance mandate and interpreted the results questionably. A second report repeated an error in a Guttmacher press release on birth control use by Catholic women and never cited Guttmacher. Critics charged liberal bias. What happened? What's the impact?