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Contraception and health

Is Using Condoms with Fertility Awareness a Good Idea?

Dr. Martin Owen, MD by Dr. Martin Owen, MD

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Many women are already sexually active when they consider switching from the Pill to Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) of family planning, and the question of using a condom or other barriers during the transition to fertility awareness comes up.  For a woman to start on the journey of learning to rely on her own body […]

The Male Birth Control You’ve Been Searching For is Here

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Every now and then, we see a headline that goes a little like this: “This highly effective form of male birth control could be only 6 months away from the market.” And then 6 months passes…and weirdly, said contraceptive never does actually quite make it to the market.  According to research, 4 in 10 men […]

Birth Control Fails More Often Than People Realize

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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Many medical professionals tend to look with skepticism at the effectiveness rates of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) to prevent pregnancy, despite the research to back them up. As I was told at my six-week after birth followup by my OB-GYN: “you do know you can get pregnant on that [FABM]?” After my first baby, I […]

2019: A Year in Review

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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If you’ve been following our e-newsletter, you know we have a lot of exciting plans for growth in 2020. But we would be remiss if we didn’t first acknowledge the challenges we faced and gains we made in 2019.  When it comes to women’s fertility health, there have been some troubling developments: 2019 has seen […]

Could the Pill Literally Be Shrinking Your Brain?

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On December 4, 2019, a new study was published finding brain changes in women who take hormonal contraceptives.  The findings of the study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that, on average, women taking oral contraceptives had a hypothalamus that was 6 percent smaller than women who […]

The Pill and Stress: How Hormonal Contraception Might Make it Harder for You to Cope

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Did you know that the Pill affects how we process stress? Sometimes this is viewed as a positive, since research shows women on hormonal contraception do not exhibit the body’s classic response to stress (i.e., elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, courtesy of HPA-axis signaling) in stressful situations. But this aspect of the Pill […]

Male Sex Hormones Are a Big Deal, Too

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This is Your Brain on Birth Control, a new book by Dr. Sara E. Hill takes a remarkably deep dive into the myriad ways that hormonal contraception alters women’s bodies, demonstrating that our sex hormones have an enormous impact on how our brains and bodies function. As we learn more about the consequences of altering […]

Surviving a Toxic Reaction to the Copper IUD

Cheyenne Walters by Cheyenne Walters

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Editor’s note: More than once at Natural Womanhood, we have received emails from parents whose daughters have tragically died as a result of her birth control. A few months ago, we received a different kind of note—one from a woman who had a close call and was able to share her story with us. Cheyenne, […]

How I Got Kicked Out of a Facebook Group on Birth Control Side Effects

Mike Gaskins by Mike Gaskins

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Ever since I began my research on birth control side effects and health consequences for my book In the Name of the Pill, I have been shocked to learn how many women have not been properly warned about the real risks involved with taking factory-made steroids.  A colleague of mine who I discuss these issues […]

Study Shows Link Between Teen Birth Control Use and Adult Depression

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A study published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry found that teenagers who use birth control are “1.7 times to 3 times more likely to be clinically depressed in adulthood, compared to women who started taking birth control pills as adults, and to women who had never taken birth control pills.” According to […]