Family Planning

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.

Early water break risk may be reduced by delaying pregnancy

Mothers whose water has broken prematurely have been advised that waiting at least 18 months before having their next child could reduce the risk of it happening again, according to new research.

Birth control promoted in Afghanistan to lower maternal mortality

Mullahs in Afghanistan are trying to prevent health and economic problems in the country by promoting birth control. It is hoped that by distributing birth control pills, maternal mortality rates will be lowered. Health experts have said that contraception is starting to be increasingly adopted in...

Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fall

Teen pregnancy rates in the UK fell by 3.9 per cent between 2007 and 2008, new data shows. Official figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 1,325 girls under 18 in England and Wales fell pregnant in 2008. The number of pregnancies among under-16s also fell over the period,...

Rise in pregnancies in sub-Saharan Africa linked to antiretroviral therapy

After beginning antiretroviral therapy, pregnancy rates in HIV-infected women increase, according to new research carried out in sub-Saharan Africa. The research was carried out as part of a multi-country HIV treatment programme and has been published in PLoS medicine.