NYAMIRAMA—Building a basketball court right next to the Nyamirama Health Center was no coincidence. The strategically placed court is part of a deliberate effort to improve access to health education and services in Rwanda’s Kayonza district, visited by a busload of ICFP…

Many delegates will trickle into Kigali, Rwanda this weekend for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning with little fanfare—but the youth are already starting to steal the show, with a virtual youth relay that started in Mombasa, Kenya earlier this week.

The cost of menstrual products keeps scores of girls out of school during their periods. 1 in 10 girls in sub-Saharan Africa miss class—sometimes dozens of days—as a result. Many rely on homemade pads made of rags, which can cause infection. But since 2009, from small…

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Teen and unintended pregnancies in the US have reached historic lows—a striking fact that manifests as important “non-news” in the lives of many young women. But access to affordable or free contraception is increasingly at risk. In the past year, the US government has…

Abortion has been legal in Italy for decades, but willing gynecologists are getting harder to find in this deeply Catholic nation. The number of Italian gynecologists who refuse to perform abortions climbed from 58.7% in 2005 to 70.9% in 2016.  

Pernicious myths about contraception—that they render women sterile or cause uterine swelling—must be dismantled to address Uganda’s teen pregnancy crisis, writes Suzanne Moore on World Contraception Day.   Sex education is also critical, considering that a quarter of…

The period app Clue tracks ovulation, PMS and other symptoms of women's cycles using self-input data. But Clue aims to do more than gather data for individuals—it sees itself as a key source of women's health data, engaging in select research partnerships with universities…

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.

The modern man produces half the sperm his grandfather did, and is half as fertile—and this accelerating decline of male fertility is may put men on track “to void the species entirely,” writes Daniel Noah Halpern. Sperm counts are down by more than half in the past 4…