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Family Planning

On World Population Day Let's Do More For The World

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

The international family planning community knows "what works." What have been lacking, however, are political will and adequate financial and human resources to enable wider provision of family planning services.

Republicans Want To Fund The Zika Fight By Cutting Contraception

Robert Walker | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

This war, like every war ever conducted, is inflicting casualties, but because it is an undeclared and unpopular war, the aggressors do not claim responsibility for the casualties they inflict.

Counting down on family planning goals

Tewodros Melesse | Posted 07.05.2016 | Women
Tewodros Melesse

Twenty-three-year-old Jasmin Akter from the northern district of Gaibandha in Bangladesh knows what it feels like to grow up in hardship and poverty. ...

Family Planning Options For LGBT Couples

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

For some in the LGBT community, determining how they can start or even grow their families with the help of fertility experts is a process sometimes fraught with obstacles. I'm happy to say that in my nearly 30 years as a fertility doctor, third-party reproductive options have come a long way.

Where To Start When Diagnosed With Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

One of the first choices that all patients have to make is where to seek infertility care. It's a critical decision as practice patterns, treatment strategies, and technology used can vary greatly from one practice to another.

These Pakistani Women Are Helping To Make Birth Control Much More Accessible

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.03.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

Women in rural Pakistan can't always find readily accessible birth control, so one organization is bringing the contraceptives to them. According to ...

Turkish President: No Muslim Family Should Engage In Birth Control

Reuters | Adam Goldberg | Posted 05.30.2016 | World

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - No Muslim family should engage in birth control or family planning, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, calling agai...

Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Getting or staying pregnant is not easy for everyone -- for some, it can take time and money. While you might not be thinking of having kids right now, having a conversation with a physician about fertility while still in your early 30s could provide benefit later on.

Paying Attention to the Other Women's Health Numbers That Matter

Sara Finger | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Sara Finger

When it comes to measuring a woman's health, we often do so with numerical indicators that fit nicely into a medical chart like the numbers that correspond with our age, weight, blood pressure, or cholesterol level.

The Ego Removal Machine

Christopher Purdy | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

If philanthropists are truly interested in efficiency, value for money, and sustainability, I have a disruptive technology to offer that could save bi...

1-800-FAM(ily)-PLAN(ning), INC.

Amy Sewell | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Amy Sewell

The slew of recent articles about abortion has only reinforced the importance of getting our government and its laws off our bodies. The old joke that if men got pregnant, abortions would be handled "drive-through" like at a fast food restaurant -- is no joke.

No Contraception for You: Religious Groups Still Refuse to Compromise

Elizabeth G. Taylor | Posted 04.19.2016 | Women
Elizabeth G. Taylor

Burdensome and unworkable is the best description of the plan proposed by a group of religious nonprofit organizations and institutions to interfere with the ability of women in their health plans to access birth control, and undermine the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage mandate.

Three Years Ago....

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 04.11.2016 | Women
Rachel Hawkins

....Life as I knew it changed beyond recognition. I'd been feeling a bit peaky for a few days or so but attributed it to a stomach bug. Constant naus...

The Pope's Exhortation: The Dogma that Didn't Bark

Robert Walker | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Robert Walker

After convening two assemblies, or synods, of bishops to re-examine the challenges facing modern families, Pope Francis has released a 256-page aposto...

Food, Fashion, and Family Planning: The Final Carbon Frontier?

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.05.2016 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from our personal carbon footprint will put all of us in some new, and potentially uncomfortable, situations as we move to more sustainable lifestyles. While it's culturally acceptable to go green in the lightbulb and light transit categories, other conversations remain marginalized.

Why Families Must Engage In A Death And Dying Conversation

Carol Marak | Posted 04.15.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) believes the time is right for a national dialogue to normalize the emotions on death and dying. They think that the social trends point toward a growing willingness to share stories about the end-of-life care and that it will help drive more family discussions.

Supreme Court Must Protect Contraceptive Coverage

Clare Coleman | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Clare Coleman

Insurance coverage for contraception should not be determined by where a woman works or goes to school. It's shortsighted and wrong for some employers to use their religious beliefs to deny women the vital care they need to make the best decisions for themselves and their loved ones.

The Future Of Male Birth Control

LiveScience | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.22.2016 | Women

By: Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt, South Lake Hospital Published: 03/21/2016 on LiveScience Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt is co-director of The Personalized Urology & R...

Perfect Vending Machine Stocked With Plan B, Pregnancy Tests, Lube And Candy

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.18.2016 | Women

Now you can get a Plan B pill when you buy a Twix from the vending machine. Well, at least in one Brooklyn laundromat. Along with laundry machines, th...

Why I'm Choosing To Be A Surrogate

Ashleigh Wright Haslinger | Posted 03.15.2016 | Parents
Ashleigh Wright Haslinger

After the birth of my daughter, my first child, I felt something I never could have imagined existed.

We Can End Early Pregnancies at Home and Abroad

John Seager | Posted 03.14.2016 | Impact
John Seager

Awkward. That's as good a word as any to describe the teen years. For most, it's just a passing phase. But for millions of young women it can be a life-altering and potentially dangerous time.

This International Women's Day, Remember the Women Who Dare to Choose Their Own Path

Purnima Mane | Posted 03.09.2016 | Impact
Purnima Mane

On this International Women's Day, as we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, we must remember that without control over their own bodies and without choices about if, when, and how often to have children, the scope and breadth of women's ambitions is ultimately, and irrevocably, limited.

Rare Diseases Are More Common Than You Think

Kaylene Ready | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

Feb. 29 is a rare day, dedicated to an important cause called Rare Disease Day. It's okay if you haven't heard of it -- today is dedicated to some of the world's least known diseases, after all.

Why Does it Have to Be a Boy and a Girl?

Alyson Seligman | Posted 02.17.2016 | Women
Alyson Seligman

I've learned over time that a family is only complete when it has one boy and one girl. I mean, how can a family be happy with three girls or four bo...

Accelerating Progress on Zika Through Better Family Planning

Ward Cates | Posted 02.11.2016 | Impact
Ward Cates

Co-authored by: Kathleen Shears, Senior Science Writer, FHI 360 Rose Wilcher, Director, Research Utilization, FHI 360 In a statement declaring th...