Research shows hormonal contraceptives may have small but significant effects on behaviour.
If you’re preparing to come off the pill, it’s hard to know what to expect, particularly if you’ve been on it for a long time.
The hormones in the pill can cause or exacerbate depression, and the type you use is an important factor.
Any effects you might notice after stopping birth control are typically due to the return of your natural menstrual cycle.
With the Supreme Court likely to strike down constitutional protection for abortion, a centuries-old debate over its morality and legality has been reignited.
Some evidence shows that hormonal fluctuations throughout the menstrual cycle can both increase and decrease athletic performance.
Doctors hear many of the same basic questions about sex from their patients.
The ban on the pill led to much sorrow and frustration, but determined couples found imaginative ways to cope and work around it.
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.
Unlike condoms, which need to be used every time with sex, or the pill, which must be taken every day, LARC doesn’t require any action after placement in the body and is immediately reversible.
Men want to have a say in conversations about contraception – but they’re worried about imposing on women’s autonomy.
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.
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.
Women on the pill are able to manipulate or suppress their menstrual cycles to have fewer “periods”, or to avoid bleeding at important or inconvenient times.
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.
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.
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