Through efforts like Family Planning 2020, contraception has become a focal point of global health initiatives.     But uptake is uneven across age groups. A new JAMA study found that the prevalence of unmet need for family planning was 50.8% among adolescents (ages 15-19…

In many states, giving “informed consent” for an abortion means first listening to fear-mongering, inaccurate recitations from often-conflicted medical professionals.    

The birth control pill ranks high in popularity for its low cost and ease-of-use—but requires vigilance in taking daily doses.   A star-fish-shaped slow-release capsule developed by a team from the lab of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Robert Langer could change…

53 million more women have gained access to modern since Family Planning 2020 launched in 2012, according to the group’s new progress report—with the sharpest increases in Eastern and Southern Africa.  

Planned Parenthood opted out of federal funding yesterday rather than comply with Trump administration rules that would bar them from making abortion referrals, The New York Times reports.  

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…