Venezuela’s women suffer inordinate horrors as conditions further deteriorate in the country. NGOs report a 50% increase in female homicides in the last year. In Colombia—the closest remaining refuge for fleeing migrants—Venezuelan women are often exploited for sex work.…

Amid Venezuela’s deepening humanitarian and economic crisis, a critical shortage of contraceptives is placing an estimated 9 million women at risk of pregnancy.   A small portion of emergency assistance has gone to reproductive health. Of the 45,000 hormonal implants…

Contraceptives may soon get flashier—and more discreet.

Women across the globe weighing a host of options for birth control never get a straight answer to a basic question: How will it affect me, specifically? You don’t know until you try, women are told.   For the 900 million women who use contraceptives worldwide, “…

In Mauritania, HIV services are free—but in the conservative Muslim nation, the shame of being seen using them creates its own barrier to access. An EU/UN initiative is looking to upend pervasive myths about the disease and its transmission, but evasive communication poses…

In many countries, sterilization as a mode of birth control has given way to IUDs and the pill. But in India, where it has a troubled past, it remains the top method of birth control.

Tanzania’s president John Magufuli has advised couples to forego birth control because the country needs more people, local news outlets reported. Africa’s population is set to double to 2.5 billion people by 2050. Magufuli called families seeking contraception “lazy” and…

In 2 years, the birth control app Nurx has spread to 15 states and Washington D.C.   As it reaches conservative states, activists are railing against the “Uber for birth control” for expediting access to morning-after pills like Plan B and Ella.   Nurx allows patients to…

The way India pays its network of community health workers may push patients and workers to favor sterilization over other methods of birth control, public health advocates say. The health workers must meet government-mandated targets for the number of patients served.…

To curb rapid population growth, Niger’s government is turning to modern contraception, but struggles to get women to take it. The country’s population dramatically increased from 3.5 million in 1960 to nearly 20 million today, with 80% of people living in poverty.