These effects may have the greatest impact on elite athletes.
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Some evidence shows that hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle can both increase and decrease athletic performance.
Hormone-based contraceptives are in short supply.
More women would favour the pill over less reliable forms of contraception if it was available without prescription.
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New modelling shows skipping the need for a doctors' prescription and going straight to a pharmacist for the pill could save the health system A$96 million a year and improve women's health outcomes.
Having a 'period' on the pill is far from necessary.
It’s hard to know how many women are affected by adenomyosis.
Adenomyosis is a different condition to endometriosis, though many women who have one will have the other.
People dressed as sperm cells at Papal Nuncio building in The Hague for the sixth birthday of the encyclical, ‘Humanae Vitae.’
On the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, an encyclical released by Pope Paul VI calling for prohibition on contraceptive use, a scholar describes the struggles of Catholic women, as well as their activism.
Men currently only have two contraceptive options: condoms or a vasectomy.
Male contraceptives have been under development for at least the past 50 years, because of the success of the female pill and pessimism about men taking a pill.
The pill is the most popular form of contraception for women under 30.
There is no biological evidence for “giving your body a break” and in fact, it could do your health more harm than good.
Women in the 1960s were the first to experience the reproductive freedoms of the contraceptive pill.
Before the pill, contraceptive options were extremely limited and generally required the cooperation of the male partner. Almost 60 years later, the pill remains the mainstay of contraception.
New research with elite sportswomen found half use hormonal contraceptives.
Worth the risk?
Why research into male contraception keeps hitting the buffers.
Okay for women, but what about men?
Side effects have led to the plug being pulled on the male contraceptive injection. But what about those experienced by women on the pill?
Injectable progestin contraceptives are particularly popular in sub-Saharan Africa.
Studies have suggested that women using a particular kind of injectable contraceptive are more susceptible to HIV infection. Research in mice offers new insights.
Birth control has become a flash point at the Supreme Court.
Providing women with a range of reproductive health options – from abortions to IUDs – is not only essential for their financial security but good for the economy as well.
Long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices don’t require women who use them to do anything else to prevent pregnancy.
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.
For contraception, choice and access are critical.
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In May, the White House clarified the guidelines for contraceptive coverage, ending cost containment practices that made it hard for some women to access the method of their choice.
The risk of a woman dying from a road accident is approximately 25 times that of death from a pill-related clot.
Newer contraceptive pills pose a higher risk of serious blood clots, says a study published in the BMJ today. The finding isn't new, but it may be cause for a different kind of concern.
Curbing teen pregnancy rates will take more than just access to contraception.
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