In a recent editorial in National Geographic, Melinda Gates recommitted to a 2012 goal to increase access to contraception worldwide. She wants to bring family planning services to 100 million more women by 2020.
From lack of affordable health care providers in rural communities to the stigma surrounding sexuality, there are plenty of reasons why a woman might be unable or unwilling to physically see a doctor and discuss contraception and protection. It should be as cheap and easy as possible for women to take care of their bodies--and thanks to Planned Parenthood's incredible new online service and app, soon it might be.
Thanks to the non-profit Parsemus Foundation, the birth control field might be on the cusp of becoming far more egalitarian--starting as soon as 2017, a reversible and non-hormonal male contraceptive may soon be on the shelves of a pharmacy near you.
We've got a lot of methods of birth control at our disposal, and on principle, we are big fans of all of them, because dang it, family planning is a good thing. Yes, we are fans of things for boring reasons sometimes. Despite our best laid plans, though, accidents still happen. That's why it's always good to have a backstop, and for many women and couples, that backstop is Plan B. Also known as the morning-after pill, Plan B can prevent an egg from ever being fertilized. We repeat, since there's been some confusion...you know what? Just check out the above video from AsapSCIENCE, who once again just knock it out of the park with snappy answers to our stupid questions. Oh, and also brightly colored pictures. We like pictures.
According to a PopSci.com report, significant headway may have just been made in research for the male birth control pill. Haim Breitbart of Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv has worked to develop a compound that shuts down the reproductive capabilities of sperm.
When the compound was tested with sexually active mice, small doses were found to result in one month of sterility, while large doses caused three months of sterility in mice. But what's most notable about this particular breakthrough is that the mice actually continued to have sex, while many attempts at finding the right drug have resulted in significantly lowered sex drives.