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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...

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

How Hillary Clinton Inspired a Foster Youth to Become a Lawyer

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.01.2016 | Politics
Rep. Karen Bass

As the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, I have time and again seen the power of positive mentorship. With encouragement and opportunity, many of the roughly 424,000 children in America's foster system go on to lead successful lives.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills: The misunderstood savior for Pakistan?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 02.01.2016 | Women
Farahnaz Zahidi

It does not work by means of abortion, has no effect on future fertility, does not increase risk of diseases like cancer or stroke, and will not harm ...

How To Create A Foundational Estate Plan

Alexandra McNulty | Posted 01.13.2016 | Money

Aol's BeOn group creates custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial influence ov...

2015 in Review: Commemorating a Year of Key Global Health Achievements

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.10.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

Globally, 2015 will be viewed as a turning point for international development. In September, world leaders gathered at the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a set of updated targets -- the Sustainable Development Goals -- to guide development efforts over the next 15 years.

America and Reproductive Rights: Not Making the Grade

Robert Walker | Posted 01.08.2016 | Politics
Robert Walker

Attacks on Planned Parenthood, both physical and political, are jeopardizing the ability of women to access contraception and other reproductive health care services. At the same time, political assaults on sex education programs are gaining momentum and threatening the progress that we have made in reducing teen pregnancies. It all adds up to a bad report card for 2015, and it could get worse in 2016.

The 'T' in LGBT Family Planning

Mac Scotty McGregor | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mac Scotty McGregor

Family-building has been one important life issue that has been left out of the transgender conversation. Why is that?

10 Defining Moments that Shaped Global Health in 2015

Margarite Nathe | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Margarite Nathe

Photo by Carol Bales for IntraHealth International When you look back on 2015, what will you remember? A new baby in your family? The death of someone...

The Gift of Genetic Testing

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Many couples will make life's most exciting resolution this year -- the decision to start a family. While the choice to become a parent can be filled with excitement and exhilaration, some individuals face apprehension and anxiety -- knowing that they could pass along genetic diseases to their children. This is where the gift of genetic testing comes in.

The Social Marketing Legacy of Phil Harvey

David J. Olson | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

From 1992 to 2001, I did some of the most important - and fun - work of my life: I managed social marketing programs for the nonprofit PSI in Zambia, ...

Women's Rights Must Be a Major Part of Any Climate Deal

Françoise Girard | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Françoise Girard

This Human Rights Day is particularly significant. In Paris, negotiators are trying to come to agreement on a global climate treaty, and a lot is on the line -- especially for women.

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards And The Truth About Its Federal Funding

Quora | Posted 12.08.2015 | Women

There is a great deal of misunderstanding about federal funding and Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood health centers are reimbursed for health services provided, just like all other hospitals and doctors.

On Death and Dying: Know Your Status

David Duong | Posted 12.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Duong

Beatrice was Full Code, a status that was either given as a default or decided on when she was admitted into the hospital; a decision that was made either by Beatrice and/or her family members without a complete knowledge of what code status really means.

Planned Parenthood Made Our Family Possible, And We Aren't Even Patients

Matt Uffalussy | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Matt Uffalussy

My wife and I were not patients at Planned Parenthood while we sought to build our family. But it is the kind of services that Planned Parenthood provides -- and legislation that Planned Parenthood helps lobby for  -- that allowed us to have our child safely and healthy.

Social Marketing Contributes 20% of All Contraception in Developing Countries

David J. Olson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

A DKT Indonesia midwife counsels a client in her clinic in Jember, East Java. In 2014, this network of nearly 5,000 midwife clinics helped DKT Indones...

Diving Down the Rabbit Hole

Robert Walker | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Last week's attack on the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs will not be the last episode of anti-clinic violence in America. It was far from the first.

Mali: The Shape of Things to Come?

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Walker

Political extremism and terror do not arise in a vacuum. They feed on human suffering and stagnant hopes. Examine Mali closely, because the conditions which have given rise to conflict and terrorism there are prevalent throughout many parts of the developing world. Mali is a cautionary tale.