Family Planning

Family planning is a human right

The ability for women to choose how many children they want, and when they want to have them - if at all - is a human right.

Improving rights-based family planning

Hear from Lucy Asaba, Uganda, on the importance of investing in rights-based, multidimensional approaches to contraception in Uganda.

Dressing wounds and restoring dignity

On World Refugee Day, FIGO hears from surgeon Dr. Sayeba Akhter, Bangladesh.

Developing guidelines for family planning

FIGO recently completed the third round of dissemination workshops on Medical Eligibility Criteria and Selected Practice Recommendations for contraceptive use (MEC and SPR), in partnership with the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The role of contraception within women’s rights

Earlier this month FIGO's Contraception Working Group met for two days at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offices in London...

Cross-country learning in Mumbai

Arefa Hossain Antora explains the value of the recent PPIUD Initiative workshop and the impact the project is having on women around the world.

Cost ‘limits women’s choice of and access to contraception’

Cost often limits women's access to the most effective contraceptive methods, like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and subdermal implants. This is according to a new study conducted by the University of Utah Health, US. Dr David Turok, associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics and...

First flushable pregnancy test receives FDA clearance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to the world’s first flushable pregnancy test. Produced by startup Lia, the test is made of biodegradable paper that will repel water long enough to take it. Like other pregnancy tests, the new Lia test will react to human...

NICE recommends banning vaginal mesh operations

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines recommending that vaginal mesh implant operations be banned from treating organ prolapse in England, according to the BBC. The Victoria Derbyshire programme found that NICE has recommended that the implant...

US improving women's access to female condoms

Women across the US are getting better access to female condoms as an effective form of contraception, it has been reported. According to a study from Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City, US, the number of states that are now making female condoms available to women through...