The ban on the pill led to much sorrow and frustration, but determined couples found imaginative ways to cope and work around it.
Support for over-the-counter birth control pills is growing. But a drawback could be that insurers would not pay for them. Also, some people have safety concerns. Could pharmacists be the solution?
Long-term or historical use of oral contraceptives may lead to an increased risk of depression in later years; understanding the risk will better inform the decision whether or not to take the pill.
Abortion has been a huge political issue in the US for the last 50 years. But the abortion debate is not new. It began at least a century before landmark abortions rights decision Roe v. Wade.
Approximately 25% of women – representing all races and backgrounds – will undergo an abortion before the age of 45.
Tanzania was an early, ardent believer in family planning. Now it joins a growing number of developing nations that see potential advantage in having a huge and growing workforce.
It’s very difficult to measure whether a conception was intended. But those data are vital to understanding women's choices.
Women face extraordinary difficulty in seeking the birth control method of sterilization due to sexist reproductive norms.
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?
Over the past 45 years, women have married later, attained higher education and joined the workforce in record numbers. Could it all be turned back?
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.
It's been 100 years since a book written by Marie Stopes revolutionsed the way that people talked about sex.
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.
What do intercontinental missiles and Apple's app store have in common? Alvin M Weinberg.
It seems counterintuitive that cuts to teen-pregnancy prevention programmes should lead to fewer pregnancies, but that's what the latest research finds.
Understanding where teens learn about sex and how that influences them can help us find ways to encourage healthy sexual behaviors, such as using condoms and birth control.
Why research into male contraception keeps hitting the buffers.
Side effects have led to the plug being pulled on the male contraceptive injection. But what about those experienced by women on the pill?