birth control

A Thing You Should Probably Read If You Use the NuvaRing

Vanity Fair published a long report on the NuvaRing in the latest issue, and they've put up an online summary that includes some horrifying figures and anecdotes about the female contraceptive, which has allegedly caused blood cots in "thousands" of users:

As NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, which made $623 million in NuvaRing sales in 2012, is facing roughly 3,500 lawsuits against it, Brenner asks why, despite evidence of serious risk, this potentially lethal contraceptive remains on the market. Would a young woman use NuvaRing, Brenner asks, if she knew that the F.D.A. had determined that there was a 56 percent increased risk of blood clots when it was compared with birth-control [...]


Pill Facts

"Indeed, the paper suggests that the pill accounted for 30 percent — 30 percent! — of the convergence of men’s and women’s earnings from 1990 to 2000."


Intrauterine Devices FTW

"When women say to me that they want to use the pill, I say, ‘That’s fine, but it’s 20 times less effective than an IUD.'" —The IUD giant continues to reawaken from its slumber. (And, in case you missed it, "IUDs, or A Detailed Guide to Long-Term Sperm Scarecrows.")


What is "Personhood?"

"…the Personhood movement hopes to do nothing less than reclassify everyday, routine birth control as abortion." —Salon has a pretty good primer today on the "personhood" debate going down in Mississippi.


The Agonizing Ecstasies of Male Contraception

There's been some commotion on the web this week about RISUG/Vasalgel, the devastatingly sexy and relentlessly practical male contraceptive procedure that has passed all test(e)s with flying colors in India, and then languished in unfunded obscurity internationally, apparently due to its total lack of commercial viability for Big Pharma. The start of American animal testing in March sparked this viral TechCitement article, which more or less echoes a very thorough (with very informative, but definitely FULL OF BALLS video) Wired article from last year.

The basic outline is as follows: man goes to doctor. Doctor performs a tiny surgical procedure similar to a vasectomy, which about 500,000 American men get [...]


Lady-Comp: How I Quit Hormones

I let a German computer tell me when to have sex.

Before I do anything in the morning — drink water, get out of bed — I take my temperature with Lady-Comp, a discus-shaped, German-made, mini-computer that tells me when I’m fertile. I put its temperature-taking wand under my tongue, push a button, and wait for about 30 seconds. When Lady-Comp is finished, it beeps, tells me my basal body temperature (BBT), and gives me a green, yellow, or red light to indicate whether or not I'm fertile. Green means: "Go on! Have sex! You won't get pregnant. I promise." Yellow means Lady-Comp is learning my cycle and is [...]