October 6, 2013 Intrauterine devices are more than 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy — and they work for years. But misnomers about side effects and high initial costs have kept many women in the U.S. from using them. Health organizations and private companies are looking for ways to change that.
June 21, 2013 The morning-after pill for emergency contraception was first approved by the FDA way back in 1999. Since then, activists have been fighting with two administrations to allow over-the-counter sales to women and teenagers. Now, after a long legal fight, the agency has agreed. We put together a timeline to recap the saga.
June 13, 2013 Women and teenagers should soon be able to buy emergency contraception with no age restrictions, according to a federal district judge's memorandum. But the Obama administration's plan will put just one brand-name formulation of the "morning after" pill on store shelves.
December 7, 2012 With the presidential election decided, doctors and some advocates are calling for the administration to make it easier for teenagers to get the morning-after birth control pill.
November 15, 2012 The U.N. says family planning could save $11.3 billion dollars in health care costs for women and newborns each year.
September 5, 2012 A vaginal ring that releases a drug against HIV shows promise in an animal study as a way to prevent infections. The results bolster hopes that an ongoing clinical trial of a similar ring in people will prove to be successful.
July 24, 2012 How do you get women to rethink condoms made for them? Advocates are trying a fashion show and the world's longest chain of paper dolls at the international AIDS meeting in Washington. Female condoms are the only contraceptive initiated by woman that protects against HIV infection.
March 15, 2012 Lawmakers in at least six states — all women and all Democrats — have proposed bills or amendments in the last few weeks that aim to regulate a man's access to reproductive health care. The proposals are a response to legislation that would limit women's access to those services.
March 7, 2012 Gov. Gary Herbert (R) has yet to indicate whether he will sign the measure. But it passed the state House and Senate thanks to Republican support.
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?
March 5, 2012 AOL today joined other advertisers to pull adds from the radio host's nationally syndicated program in the wake of his words about a young woman who has spoken out in favor of insurers paying the cost of women's contraception services.
March 2, 2012 The conservative radio broadcaster went after Sandra Fluke for her testimony about the Obama administration's policy on contraceptives. He's lost at least one advertiser because of his comments.
March 1, 2012 By a 51-48 vote, the Senate set aside an effort to reverse the Obama administration's policy requiring most employers to provide health insurance plans that cover the cost of women's contraception methods.