Family Planning

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, passes away

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has passed away at his home in New York, US. A Nigerian physician, he was a globally respected leader in the public health sphere, as well as a key figure in the empowerment of women and young people. He...

Women's wellbeing 'negatively impacted by contraceptive pill'

Women's general wellbeing can be severely affected by the pill, according to new research. Scientists from Sweden have found that healthy women who take the combined contraceptive pill estimate their quality of life being lower than those who don't. The combined contraceptive pill is one of...

Over half of men 'don't benefit from women's contraception'

More than half of men say they don't benefit from women having access to free contraception, according to a new study. Some 52 per cent of men believe that a woman's access to free birth control does not personally benefit them, with men over 60 being most likely to give this answer. The...

FGM jeopardises productive health, Nigeria

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can endanger productive health and fertility and should not be practiced, a Nigerian minister has urged. Dr Okechukwu Ossai, director of public health at the Ministry of Health in Enugu, described it as a violent practice that deprives females of being able to reach...

Contraception restrictions ‘affect 3.9 million women in England’

A new report has found that 3.9 million women in England live in areas with some form of restriction on access to contraception, either due to age or place of residency. The UK’s Advisory Group on Contraception’s (AGC) report, ‘Private Lives, Public Health: The changing shape of...

IUDs and implants ‘least likely to cause stroke in diabetic women’

New research has shown that strokes and heart attacks are rare for diabetic women who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. The study - by the University of California (UC), Davis, US - is one of the first to evaluate hormonal...

Women taking the pill ‘more likely to be treated for depression’

Women taking hormonal birth control are more likely to be treated for depression, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers at Denmark’s University of Copenhagen and colleagues, looked at the medical records of more than a million women and girls. It found that those who...

India launches country's first female condom

The first female condom produced in India has been officially launched in the country. Female condoms have been available in other locations for several years, but this is the first time that such a product has been both manufactured and sold in India. The Times of India reports that the condom -...

Zimbabweans lead the way on condom usage in Africa

Zimbabweans use more condoms than their counterparts living elsewhere in Africa, new statistics reveal. Figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Spending Association show that 11 million male condoms and five million female condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe by the...

Russia 'to ban' imports on condoms

Russia has reportedly unveiled plans to ban the state procurement of imported condoms, despite concerns from health officials. The country is one of a handful of nations in the world where cases of the HIV virus are rising, with experts estimating that as many as two million Russians could be...