Posts Tagged ‘birth control’

Seeking reports of negative birth control experiences

Calling all former birth control users! The Catholic Medical Association (CMA) has filed a Citizen’s petition to encourage the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) to require more transparent labeling of the risks associated with various forms of birth control on their packaging. They’ve got all the studies, all the arguments and all the proof lined up,…

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FINALLY: CDC’s FABM numbers change

They finally did it! After years of citing misleading and inaccurate effectiveness ratings for natural family planning methods, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated their website, Natural Womanhood announced yesterday. But is it the change we were hoping for? Formerly, the CDC cited a methodologically-flawed study which unfairly grouped FABMs with other…

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Our take on Natural Cycles

Recently, Bloomberg released an in-depth interview of the creators of the “birth control app,” Natural Cycles, checking in after a recent PR crisis that shook their reputation. This has brought increased attention to an entire array of fertility monitoring apps — including our own CycleProGo — and period tracking apps that don’t provide fertility awareness…

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What you don’t know can kill you

March is Blood Clot Awareness Month, an opportunity for valuable information about the risky condition to get into the hands of those who need it most. So how much have you heard about it in the media? More important, how many teenage girls and young women do you think are hearing about the dangers of…

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French president ignites fury of Twitter moms

In reference to impoverished African families and child brides, French President Emmanuel Macron exclaimed in September, “I always say: ‘Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.’”  Macron’s remarks finally hit social media this week, and hell hath no fury like moms with big families on Twitter.…

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NBC misreports family planning statistics

On Friday, NBC News released a news piece covering the reactions of various Ob-Gyns to the recent FDA approval granted to Natural Cycles, the first app to officially qualify as a contraceptive. But there are a few important elements that NBC misrepresented. The Rhythm Method The NBC article starts with a glaring mistake: comparing Natural…

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50 reasons to read Humanae Vitae

It’s the 50th anniversary of one of the most ground-shaking, pot-stirring, life-giving documents the Church has released in recent history. In 31 short paragraphs, soon-to-be-Saint Pope Paul VI defended the Church’s unchangeable teaching on contraception and laid the groundwork that would inspire a certain Cardinal Wojtyla to pen the Theology of the Body. So what’s…

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Ditching the Pill …and other hormonal contraceptives

An excerpt from Marilyn M. Shannon’s book, Fertility, Cycles & Nutrition. **** Congratulations on your decision to discontinue birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives! You have taken a giant step toward better health. As hormone specialist Diana Schwarzbein, M.D., has written, you cannot achieve optimum hormonal balance while you are on the Pill, because hormones…

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Keep up, Cosmo

Earlier last week, Cosmopolitan posted an embarrassing article entitled, “15 Facts About the Rhythm Method of Contraception.” I had high hopes at first, given that Cosmo recently published a promising feature on fertility awareness-based methods (FAMB) and consulted some really valuable sources for the piece. Surely, after their interview with FACTS Executive Director Dr. Marguerite Duane,…

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Why contraceptives aren’t essential for Americans’ health

Before you read, check out this article for context. Then read our version. It is 2020. The American Health Care Act has become law, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has eliminated contraception from its list of essential preventative services that must be covered by insurance without cost sharing. Let’s imagine a…

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