If countries choose to revise their family planning guidelines to follow the WHO's new Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use, 5th edition, health workers in Pakistan may now be able to offer breastfeeding women more, longer-acting options for family…

There is polarizing and sensitive debate swirling around the legalization of abortion in Morocco, a modern Muslim country where women’s rights have been significantly advanced within the last decade. As “the commander of the believers,” King Mohammed VI recently opened a…

A review by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of 100 insurance plans around the US found that more than half are failing to provide the full complement of women’s health services as mandated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act, including birth control and cancer screenings…

When sex ed is truly “comprehensive”—meaning it includes lessons on gender and power dynamics—it’s much more effective than other programs at preventing pregnancy and STIs, according to a new study published in International Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.…

The story is all too common. After undergoing an abortion in Tanzania, where abortion is illegal except to save a woman’s life, the young woman experienced acute pain and continuous bleeding. A trip to the emergency room confirmed that the abortionist had failed to…

The rate of child mortality has dramatically decreased in India, says Melinda Gates, a self-described “impatient optimist” in answers to questions about her hopes for the country. Because having contraception choices transforms a woman’s life, she wants to see family…

Family planning programs and policies should focus on improving the health and lives of people around the world, not numerical demographic targets, write the Population Council’s Anrudh K. Jain and Saumya RamaRao in RH Reality Check.

In Latin American countries with absolute abortion bans—and high rates of unsafe abortions—women are turning to hotlines for information on self-induced abortions with misoprostol. 5 of the world’s 7 countries with an absolute ban on abortion are in Latin America, and…

Social prejudice against unmarried women who are sexually active keeps the majority of single Korean women from gynecologists, according to a survey study by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs.

While Westerners may see the benefits of contraception as a given, 225 million women around the world who don’t want to get pregnant are not using any form of contraception. “While the West waffles on about providing aid for family planning, Africans are asking for it,”…