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New Contraceptives for Cascadia: The lesson of St. Louis

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This post is 1 in the series: Twenty Times Better than the Pill. Last fall, researchers in Missouri caught the attention of public health experts and advocates across North America. Some 9,000 St. Louis women had been offered their choice of … Continue reading

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Birth Control and Weight Gain: Is there a relationship?

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Many women worry about birth control causing weight gain. Our ancestors struggled to get enough calories just to stay alive. But now, as we try to keep our weight in a healthy range, we look at all kinds of factors: … Continue reading

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Hey, Ladies! Thinking About Ditching Your Period? A Doctor Answers 12 Puzzling, Scary, and Hopeful Questions

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How often do you want to have your period? When modern contraceptives first got formulated, back in the 1950’s the men in charge made a simple assumption that would affect millions of women over the next half century:  They assumed … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Your Period and Why You Don’t Have to Have It

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Seattle family planning doctor Deborah Oyer routinely asks new female patients, “How often do you want to have your period? Monthly? Every three months? Or not at all?” Until she asks, some don’t know they have a choice. Like every … Continue reading

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Pamper, pamper, pamper– plus 9 other tips for falling in love with your IUD

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See the interactive slide show at the Huffington Post and vote for your favorite tip. You may have heard that an IUD can give you five to twelve years of never-have-to-think-about-it contraception. You may have heard also that, depending on which IUD you … Continue reading

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Picture a Technology Revolution. In Contraception. It’s Here!

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Imagine a future in which a woman becomes fertile only when she wants to become pregnant. Accidental pregnancy has faded into history, and the thought of a child coming into the world unplanned is startling. In other words, in this … Continue reading

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15 Things Old Boys like Rick Santorum Don’t Want You to Know About Your Body and Your Contraception

Last month, the Associated Press distributed an article titled:  Birth control: Lots of choices, but confusion is widespread.  Good news: Even if you feel hazy or muddled right now, you likely have access to technologies your parents could only have … Continue reading

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