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Are women with epilepsy using effective contraception?
In the largest study of contraceptive practices of women with epilepsy, 30 percent did not use highly effective contraception despite being at higher risk of having children with fetal malformations due to the anti-epilepsy medications they take. (2016-02-16)

Emergency contraception fails to halt abortions
Easy availability of emergency contraception does not have a notable effect on rates of pregnancy and abortion, according to an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2006-09-14)

One-off lesson improves teenagers' knowledge of emergency contraception
A single lesson on emergency contraception, given by a trained teacher, improves teenagers' knowledge of the correct time limits for using emergency contraception, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-05-16)

Emergency contraception: Advance provision does not reduce pregnancy rates
Providing emergency contraception to women in advance of need does not reduce pregnancy rates, despite increased use and faster use after unprotected sexual intercourse. These are the findings according to a new review published in the Cochrane Library. (2010-03-16)

Readily available emergency contraception has not replaced conventional methods in adolescents in Finland
Readily available emergency contraception has not become a contraceptive choice replacing conventional methods among adolescents in Finland, report researchers in this week's BMJ. The authors also found that easy access to contraceptive services and intensive sex education had not increased adolescent sexual activity. (1999-07-09)

Advanced provision of emergency contraception does not reduce pregnancy rates
Cochrane Reviewers discovered that despite increased and faster use of emergency contraception, advance provision did not reduce pregnancy rates on a population level. At the same time advance provision was not accompanied by increased rates of sexually transmitted infections or increased frequency of unprotected intercourse. In addition it did not lead to women changing their use of other contraceptives. (2007-04-17)

Teenagers who become pregnant do seek contraceptive advice
Teenagers who become pregnant are not as reluctant or ill informed about contraception as previously assumed. Most teenagers who become pregnant have discussed contraception with a health professional in the year before conception, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2000-08-17)

BU researcher asks, 'is it time for another contraception revolution?'
In an effort to protect the planet and preserve its natural treasures for future generations, another contraception revolution that provides options for populations not currently being served by modern contraception may be the answer according to a Perspective in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. (2019-07-31)

First outstanding article award presented by Contraception
The editorial board of the journal Contraception and publisher Elsevier are pleased to announce the winners of the first annual Contraception Article Award. This award honors the principal investigators who have published the most outstanding articles in Contraception over the preceding academic year. Contraception is the official journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and the Society of Family Planning. (2010-11-03)

Safe sex messages in schools don't change behaviour
Current efforts to combat sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy in schools do not change sexual risk behaviour, concludes a study in this week's BMJ. (2006-05-18)

Researchers find misinformation about emergency contraception common in low-income neighborhoods
Researchers from Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine have found that in low-income neighborhoods, misinformation about access to emergency contraception is a common occurrence. These findings appear as a research letter in the Dec. 19 on-line issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2011-12-19)

Study in Lancet finds use of hormonal contraception doubles HIV risk
University of Washington researchers found that women using hormonal contraception -- such as a birth control pill or a shot like Depo-Provera -- are at double the risk of acquiring HIV, and HIV-infected women who use hormonal contraception have twice the risk of transmitting the virus to their HIV-uninfected male partners, according to their study published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2011-10-03)

Male contraception breakthroughs to be presented, Seattle Sept. 27-28
Seattle will be the place to be on Sept. 27 and 28, when male contraception researchers from the US and overseas gather to present their news. The second Future of Male Contraception conference - sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, CONRAD, the World Health Organization, and the University of Washington - will be on Sept. 27 and 28, 2007, at Seattle's Edgewater Hotel. (2007-09-21)

Mandated parental notification laws concerning prescription contraception would affect teenagers
Legislation has been proposed that would mandate parental notification for minors obtaining prescription contraception from federally funded family planning clinics. In 2001, an estimated 917,000 female minors obtained family planning services at federally funded clinics. This study was conducted to determine how legislation would impact teens seeking these services. (2005-01-18)

AIDS research reveals a lack of family-planning programs in Uganda
University of Alberta graduate student Jennifer Heys wants to make her message clear: there needs to be more education in Ugandan communities about contraception. (2009-11-23)

Age-appropriate contraception counseling helps health care providers educate teens
Preventing unplanned pregnancies in adolescents with effective and easy-to-use contraception is key to ensuring that adolescents do not become parents before they are ready. Adolescents view their health care providers as trusted sources of medical information. Thus, providers are tasked with providing adolescent patients with comprehensive, age-appropriate and nonjudgmental contraception counseling. (2020-08-27)

Women's contraceptive use influenced by contraception education and moral attitudes
MU researchers have found that levels of prior sex education and moral attitudes toward contraception influence whether women use contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. (2014-05-28)

Period pain not made worse by copper IUD
Using a copper intrauterine device, or coil, does not exacerbate period pain, reveals a study where researchers from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, followed 2,100 women for 30 years. (2013-05-07)

Women choose contraception based on relationships not just pregnancy desires
Women's contraceptive choices are more often driven by current relationships and sexual activity than by long-term pregnancy intentions, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers. (2015-08-18)

1 in 3 pregnancies ending in childbirth in Scotland is unintended
One in three pregnancies that end in childbirth is unintended in Scotland. Emergency contraception could prevent some of these but use is low and is therefore unlikely to have an effect on unintended pregnancy rates, according to an article in this week's issue of the Lancet. Ways of improving use of regular contraception are needed, state the authors. (2006-11-16)

Hormonal contraceptives associated with higher risk of female sexual dysfunction
Women taking non-oral and oral hormonal contraceptives were at highest risk of female sexual dysfunction (FSD), according to a study of female German medical students published today in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Interestingly, women taking non-hormonal contraceptives were at lowest risk for FSD, more than women not using any contraceptive. (2010-05-04)

More treatment options for women requiring emergency contraception
Results of an international study in this week's issue of The Lancet suggest that there are three effective therapeutic options for women requiring emergency contraception after sexual intercourse. (2002-12-05)

Ulipristal acetate is alternative choice to levonorgestrel for emergency contraception
New research shows that the emergency contraception drug ulipristal acetate (UA) prevents more pregnancies than a widely used alternative, levonorgestrel. Furthermore, UA has recently been licensed for use up to five days after unprotected intercourse, compared with just three days for levonorgestrel. Thus women and health-care providers now have an alternative choice for emergency contraception. (2010-01-28)

Domestic violence deters contraception
A major study published in PLOS One showed that women who are abused by their partner or ex-partner are much less likely to use contraception; this exposes them to sexually transmitted diseases and leads to more frequent unintended pregnancies and abortions. These findings could influence how physicians provide contraceptive counseling. (2015-03-31)

Few California retailers offer pharmacist-prescribed birth control, despite law
A new law took effect in California last year allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control, but few of the state's pharmacies are actually offering this service, according to new UC Berkeley research. (2017-12-12)

Contraceptive use averts 272,000 maternal deaths worldwide
Contraceptive use likely prevents more than 272,000 maternal deaths from childbirth each year, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Researchers further estimate that satisfying the global unmet need for contraception could reduce maternal deaths an additional 30 percent. Their findings were published July 10 by the Lancet as part of a series of articles on family planning. (2012-07-10)

Emergency contraception is used when needed but doesn't increase high-risk sex, according to UCSF study
Young women who have an advance provision of emergency contraception are more likely to use it when they need it, but its availability does not appear to increase risky sexual behavior, according to a new study by University of California, San Francisco researchers (2000-08-09)

Experiences of undesired effects of hormonal contraception
A study of women who experienced mental ill-health from a hormonal contraception indicates they value their mental well-being higher than a satisfactory sex life. Their experiences can influence their choice of contraception. This is one of four themes that researchers have identified in interviews with 24 women who experience negative effects of some hormonal contraception. The study, from Linköping University in Sweden, has been published in the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care. (2020-03-31)

Study finds use of hormonal contraception doubles a woman's chance of becoming infected with HIV and of transmitting the virus to their male partner
Using hormonal contraception doubles a women's risk of acquiring HIV-1 and of transmitting the virus to their male partner, according to a study of nearly 3,800 couples published online first in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2011-10-03)

Researcher: Military should reassess reproductive health care for women
Noting that active-duty servicewomen have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than the general population and lower reported contraception use, one researcher at Women & Infants Hospital is suggesting the answer might be a review of the health care offered to females in the military and veterans. (2012-11-14)

The IUD is the most popular long-acting contraceptive amongst Europeans
A European study has defined the profile for the usage of long-acting contraceptive methods. The work, presented with the National Congress of Gynaecology award, shows, amongst other things, that 10 percent of women use these methods, the majority over 30 years old. (2009-10-28)

Despite their safety, IUDs are underused in developed countries
Misconceptions around intrauterine contraceptive devices mean that they are underused in developed countries, despite being a safe and effective form of contraception, says a women's health expert in this week's BMJ. (2007-08-30)

Contraceptive preferences among young Latinos related to sexual decision-making
Half of the young adult Latino men and women responding to a survey in rural Oregon acknowledge not using regular effective contraception - despite expressing a desire to avoid pregnancy, according to a new Oregon State University study. (2012-02-15)

Birth and pregnancy experts fail to deliver on contraception advice
Health care professionals who provide contraceptive services outside of general practice are unlikely to discuss long-acting reversible contraception such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants for women without children -- despite their proven safety, effectiveness and convenience. A review published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing analysed the views of non-GP practitioners often tasked with delivering contraceptive advice. It found lack of knowledge, time constraints and inaccurate personal beliefs shaped their reluctance to recommend these superior contraception methods. (2020-05-06)

Poor Knowledge Of The Pill Could Be Improved With Education
Dr Paul Little et al from primary care facilities in Hampshire believe that women attending surgeries for check- ups for repeat prescriptions of the contraceptive pill should be provided with education leaflets on contraception and asked questions to help improve their knowledge. Poor knowledge of taking the pill may be responsible for one in five unwanted pregnancies. (1998-06-26)

Not your mother's birth control, same troubles
Today's hormonal forms of contraception are vastly different than earlier forms, both with lower levels of hormones and with different means of delivery (not just a pill), but many of the same problems related to women's pleasure remain. An Indiana U study that examined how newer forms of hormonal contraception affect things such as arousal, lubrication and orgasm, found that they could still hamper important aspects of sexuality despite the family planning benefits and convenience. (2011-10-31)

Hormonal birth control alters scent communication in primates
Hormonal contraceptives change the ways captive ring-tailed lemurs relate to one another both socially and sexually, according to a Duke University study that combined analyses of hormones, genes, scent chemicals and behavior. (2010-07-27)

Study: Access to long-lasting contraception after childbirth lags behind demand
Before leaving the hospital after childbirth, more women are opting to check one thing off their list: birth control. (2017-05-10)

Better access to contraception means more sex for married couples
Married couples in low- and middle-income countries around the world that use contraception are having more frequent sexual intercourse than those that do not, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. (2016-01-26)

New $9.5 million grant to support Male Contraception Research Center
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year, $9.5 million grant to the University of Washington to establish a new interdisciplinary Male Contraception Research Center. (2002-10-30)

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