In the 60 years since the pill came to market, contraceptives for women haven’t really changed. Even Amphora, a “new” over-the-counter gel that women can apply before sex, is essentially an updated version of spermicidal lube. Why the sluggish innovation? The pharma…

VANCOUVER—The number one killer of women during childbirth is severe postpartum hemorrhage—capable of killing an otherwise healthy woman in less than 2 hours if she does not receive care. That gives health care workers precious little time to act—and in low-resource…

Women in 8 sub-Saharan African countries are using modern contraception at a rate outpacing projections, a new study published in the Lancet Global Health shows.  

Contraceptives may soon get flashier—and more discreet.

Maternal death, mortality of children under 5 and teenage pregnancy are higher in conflict-torn South Kivu than the rest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—signs of conflict’s disruptive toll on family planning services.   Arla Gruda of the International Institute of…

Global birth rates have been falling since the 1980s. So why, in some African countries, did they creep up 20 years later? Perhaps because of 1980s austerity, say researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

Right after President Trump was elected, there was talk of women rushing to secure long-lasting reversible birth control: “The kind that could feasibly last through the duration of a Trump presidency,” writes Stephanie Ebbert.   

Rapid population growth and global warming are combining to dramatically threaten food security in Africa’s Sahel region—but solutions go hand-in-hand, too.   In Niamey, Niger, Sani Ayouba, who founded Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (Young Volunteers for the…

KIGALI—Somaliland's nomadic women want contraception that doesn’t force them to return for frequent follow-up visits. College students in India want access to contraceptives without having to cross state borders. In rural parts of Rwanda, women want choices beyond the…

KIGALI—In Rwanda, it might be easier to clear up misconceptions about vasectomies if it didn’t share a word with castration in Kinyarwanda, one of the country’s official languages. Other languages present the same issue, leading to a bit of a branding challenge for the…