Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Birth Control Health Center

News and Features Related to Birth Control

  1. Is Your Birth Control as Safe as You Think?

    By Laura Beil Christen Childs woke up on September 12, 2009, in the pitch dark of early morning with what she thought was a pulled muscle in her leg. She reached down to massage the cramp, trying to fathom how her left calf could be so achingly sore when she hadn't made it to the gym in weeks. This

    Read Full Article
  2. Clot Risk May Be Higher With Newer Birth Control Pills

    April 21, 2011 -- Women who take birth control pills with the newer hormone drospirenone have a higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women who take oral contraceptives containing the older hormone levonorgestrel, two new studies show. The studies are published in BMJ Onlin

    Read Full Article
  3. New Morning-After Pill Ella Wins FDA Approval

    Aug. 13, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Ella, a new morning-after contraceptive pill effective for up to five days after unprotected sex or contraceptive failure. An FDA expert advisory panel last June unanimously urged the FDA to approve the drug. Called Ella in the U.S., the drug already is approved

    Read Full Article
  4. 5-Days-After-Sex Pill Gets FDA Panel Nod

    June 17, 2010 -- A new emergency contraceptive fully effective for five days after sex should be approved by the FDA, the federal agency's expert advisory panel says. By 11-0 votes, the panel found Ella to be safe and effective. The drug, to be called Ella in the U.S., already is approved in Europe

    Read Full Article
  5. The Pill Is Most Popular Contraception Method

    May 26, 2010 -- If you are a fan of the tried and true birth control pill, you are not alone. Among American women in their childbearing years, ages 15 to 44, the pill was the most commonly used method of contraception between the years 2006 and 2008. That is according to the recently released repor

    Read Full Article
  6. New Birth Control Pill Natazia Gets FDA Approval

    May 13, 2010 -- The FDA says it has approved a new birth control pill called Natazia that is the first four-phase oral contraceptive to be marketed in the United States. The pill, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals of Wayne, N.J., contains two female hormones -- an estrogen called estr

    Read Full Article
  7. Birth Control Pills Put Brakes on Women's Sex Drive

    May 5, 2010 -- A new European study has found that women who use hormonal contraceptives such as the birth control pill are more likely to experience sexual dysfunction such as reduced desire and arousal than women who use non-hormonal contraception and women who do not use contraception. Reporting

    Read Full Article
  8. Which Birth Control Pill Is Safest?

    Aug. 13, 2009 -- When it comes to the risk of blood clots, some oral contraceptive pills are safer than others, according to new studies by European researchers. "Oral contraceptives with levonorgestrel and a low dose of estrogen are associated with the lowest risk of venous thrombosis [blood clots]

    Read Full Article
  9. Testosterone Tested as Male Contraceptive

    May 6, 2009 -- After decades of delay, hormonal birth control for men may be a step closer to reality. Monthly injections of a testosterone-based contraceptive were 99% effective for preventing partner pregnancy in what researchers say is the largest trial ever of a hormone-based male birth control

    Read Full Article
  10. The New No-Period, No-PMS Birth Control Pills

    In the beginning, there was Seasonale -- the continuous birth control pill that offered women four periods a year. Women grabbed the chance to opt out of their periods. If you don't need it, why put up with it? Today, "the pill" has been finessed even more, with lighter-period or no-period birth con

    Read Full Article
Displaying 31 - 40 of 176 Articles << Prev Page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next >>

Today on WebMD

Birth Control Options
Slideshow
mother and daughter talking
Evaluator
 
Period Questions
Slideshow
Condom Quiz
Quiz
 
Forgot To Take Your Birth Control Pills
Article
pelivic pain slideshow
Slideshow
 
Birth Control Pills Weight Gain
Article
Ortho Evra Birth Control Patch
Article
 
Comparing Birth Control Pill
Article
New Birth Control Pill
Video
 
HPV Vaccine Future
Article
Young couple holding hands
Quiz