Family Planning

Contraceptive jab could increase HIV risk

Women having contraceptive injections could be increasing their risk of HIV , according to new research. A study by a team from the University of California at Berkeley, US, published in the journal Lancet Infectious Disease, noted that there can be as much as a 40 per cent increase in the risk of...

Family Planning Association of India welcomes increased use of contraception

News that more people in various parts of Asia are using modern forms of contraception has been welcomed by experts. Bayer Healthcare recently carried out a study in eight different countries that showed many families now use options such as condoms, contraceptive pills and intra-uterine devices to...

UNFPA: Progress on improving contraceptive prevalence is limited

Only limited progress on boosting contraceptive prevalence is being made across the globe, a new report has stated. According to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), annual increases of only 0.1 per cent have been recorded in recent years. This, it said, means much more money needs to go into making...

WHO stages summit on women's health

The World Health Organization (WHO) is chairing a conference in London on what steps can be taken to improve women's health in the developing world. Making more contraception options available to females in poorer countries has been named as a particular priority at the Family Planning Summit,...

New women's health drug to break into US

A new women's health emergency contraceptive is to be launched in the US shortly. USA Today has reported that the drug, marketed under the name of Ella, is likely to be on the market by the end of the year and will contain a compound named ulipristal...

New emergency contraception pill approved

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is approving the new emergency contraceptive pill known as ella. Already available in 22 countries in the world, the tablet provides women with the option of preventing pregnancy up to 120 hours, or five days, after unprotected sex.

UK government 'increasing contraception' to developing countries

The UK government will be increasing access to contraception and safe abortion in developing countries around the world. Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, is launching a consultation on the funding proposal.

African leaders gather for family planning conference

African health leaders have gathered in Kenya for a conference exploring family planning. The three-day event, which is being hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), kicked off on Tuesday May 11th and involves representatives from Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Nigeria,...

Family planning can help cut maternal deaths by 70%, study says

Family planning can help reduce maternal deaths by 70 per cent, according to a new report. The Guttmacher Institute and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has released a report that documents the benefits that would come from increasing the global investment in both family planning services...

Pregnant women's diet affects gender of baby, research suggests

The types of food women eat during the early stages of pregnancy affect the gender of their child, according to new research. Those who eat a full breakfast and a high fat diet at the time of conception are more likely to have a boy, scientists at the University of Missouri, US, claim.