July marks 50 years of Pope Paul VI's encyclical prohibiting contraceptive use. For many years prior to it, the church had not been so explicit on its stance. How did it become such a thorny issue?
There are more than 30 different types of contraceptive pills. But brand names such as Microgynon, Levlen, Yaz and Brenda give little indication of the ingredients, dose or who should use them.
We usually focus on the physical health effects of the pill, yet the most common reason women stop or change the pill is mental health side effects.
There is no biological evidence for “giving your body a break” and in fact, it could do your health more harm than good.
Medicinal chemists are tweaking a natural molecule that can be a deadly poison – a modified version might work as a nonhormonal male contraceptive.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives are more reliable than other methods of contraception and most women are happy with them.
Nigeria must reduce its population growth to increase the quality of life for people in the country. A better knowledge of contraceptives can help achieve this.
New technology claims to offer an effective alternative to hormonal contraception.
Why research into male contraception keeps hitting the buffers.
Studies have suggested that women using a particular kind of injectable contraceptive are more susceptible to HIV infection. Research in mice offers new insights.
Vasectomies could be an effective male birth control method in Africa but the procedure is misunderstood and therefore poorly used.
Few Australian women use long-acting reversible contraception, despite its advantages over other methods. These contraceptives offer women long-term, cost-effective, "fit-and-forget" contraception.