Family Planning

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...

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...