9 ways personhood amendments are harmful

Personhood amendments are on the ballot again, this time in Colorado (again, hoping 3rd time isn’t a charm as voters rejected personhood amendments in 2008 and 2010), North Dakota, and Tennessee. For those unfamiliar with exactly what a personhood amendment entails, it is a ballot measure that if passed would change the state constitution to …

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote: “The owners of the businesses have religious objections …

Is an IUD painful? If so, how can I reduce the pain?

I hear from many women that they want an IUD (intrauterine device), but are worried about the pain of insertion. They report horror stories from friends and the thought of the potential pain can even become a barrier to getting an IUD, which is a shame as IUDs are the highest rated for satisfaction when …

Stop talking about the non contraceptive benefits of birth control and start talking about sex

I have a copper IUD. It serves one purpose, to prevent pregnancy. My boyfriend had a vasectomy, a procedure that has no health benefits beyond preventing pregnancy. I am proud of these decisions because A) we both don’t want me to get pregnant and B) we both like sex. These should be reasons enough to …

Sandra Fluke’s information about the pill and ovarian cysts is wrong and why it matters

Sandra Fluke is once again under attack. This time by Representative Joe Walsh. She responded in the Huffington Post to Rep Walsh, writing: I testified before members of Congress not because “I wanted the American people to pay for my contraception,” but because I wanted the private insurance that women pay for themselves to cover …

Restricting Plan B OTC sales to 17 and over affects everyone and protects no one

This weekend I tried to buy Plan B over the counter at a Rite Aid and was denied. Let me explain. It wasn’t for me, I have a Paraguard and my boyfriend had a vasectomy. Basically, the chance of me getting pregnant is so astronomically impossible that we’d be pimping the story out to every …

Are you at risk for condom breakage?

Condom breakage is far more common than people think. In several studies of college aged men 29-32% report at least one episode of condom breakage within the past three months. For men who reported condom breakage, this happened 15-27% of the time. Basically condoms are failing for a lot of guys (and their partners) way …

The top 10 mistakes men make with condoms

Studies of condom use offer great insight into why we continue to have a high rate of unplanned pregnancies in this country as well as continued problems with sexually transmitted diseases. In “perfect use” situations the failure rate of condoms is about 3%, however, perfect use is sadly not the norm. With that in mind, …

How many birth control pills do women really miss a month?

While oral contraceptives (birth control pills) remain the most popular reversible method of contraception in the United States, incorrect use is unfortunately common. In fact, one million unintended pregnancies occur every year from pill user failure. Unintended.mistimed pregnancies are a serious health issue in the United States. The public cost is more than $11 billion …