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The Day We Were Told Not To Have More Children

Heather Lens | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

Irresponsible. What did he mean? He didn't say that we were physically unable to have kids. He said that if we chose to, we would be irresponsible.

Securing the Future With Youth Reproductive Health

John Seager | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
John Seager

Without the ability to control when and how to have a family, young people won't be able to drive the economic and social progress needed to secure a prosperous future for our planet and its inhabitants.

10 Bonus Health Benefits of Birth Control

Valerie Tarico | Posted 12.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Tarico

We women hear a lot about side effects of birth control, but we don't hear as much about the side benefits. If you haven't had a conversation with your doctor lately about family planning, you may be in for some surprises.

This New Contraceptive Could Be a Game-Changer

Christopher Purdy | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Christopher Purdy

What happens when this innovation puts family planning decision-making where it belongs - literally into the hands of women who want to prevent pregnancy? Although there may be challenges with promoting Sayana Press this way, the concept is fairly straightforward and should not be terribly controversial.

Our Infertility Rap Sheets

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

As men and women suffering through infertility treatments we are identifying ourselves, sometimes completely, through how many treatments we have endured. We are so much more than this.

The Loaded Question It's So Hard For Me To Answer

Krista Watts | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Krista Watts

We can separately have children, just not with each other. You have to really love your spouse to hear that kind of news.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

On the Tragic Deaths and Injuries Sustained by Women in the Indian State of Chhattisgarh

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

Tewodros Melesse, Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and I are deeply saddened by the reports of the tragic deaths and injuries sustained by women undergoing surgical contraception in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Ballot Boxers

Glenn C. Altschuler | Posted 11.12.2014 | Books
Glenn C. Altschuler

Review of The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind: How Self-Interest Shapes Our Opinions and Why We Won't Admit It. By Jason Weeden & Robert Kurzban...

A Birth Control Champion You've Probably Never Heard Of

Laura Stepp | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Laura Stepp

He's a reproductive physiologist who has been teaching about, and doing research on, birth control in his predominately Catholic country of Chile since the early 1960s, at some peril to his career. His name is Horacio Croxatto.

Making a Family Just Isn't That Easy - Part 1

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.05.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Practicing empathy means being willing to sit with someone in their discomfort. It means being willing to just be with someone, maybe not saying a single word or simply saying, that is so hard, that sucks, I can't imagine, ugh.

The Often Silenced, and Left Out, Parts of Our Infertility Stories

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

We must continue to break this silence. It is only through talking about our stories that we will be able to embrace it all. Through this embracing we will be able to practice our recovery no matter what our version of the happy ending is.

Do Not Underestimate Family Planning

Robert Walker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Robert Walker

The authors argue that reducing projected population growth rates, by itself, would not have an immediate impact on environmental threats like climate change. In a broad sense that's true, but it is sort of like saying that "Reducing fossil fuel emissions is not a quick fix for climate change."

Mulling the Motherhood Mandate

Robert Walker | Posted 12.24.2014 | Books
Robert Walker

Given the enormous personal stakes in childbearing, it is surprising that more women have not written a book about the pros and cons that go into making childbearing decisions.

The Void When You're Done Having Children

Toni Hammer | Posted 12.20.2014 | Parents
Toni Hammer

My husband had a vasectomy. Since we never planned on having kids in the first place, and now we had two children born 355 days apart, it seemed appropriate. It was the right thing, and the best thing, to do for us, our family and my uterus. What I hadn't planned for was "the void."

Parenting: The Ultimate Juggling Act

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

One day, I hope to get this delicate balance figured out. How to spread my attention between both kids so that I can applaud the efforts of a home run while simultaneously coaxing the other child away from that over-eager dog at a nearby tree.

The Catholic Church and Contraception: Revolution...or Evolution?

Robert Walker | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Robert Walker

In all likelihood, the Vatican's position on contraception will evolve slowly, but if the Church suddenly shifts its position on birth control, it will be interesting to see how it would affect the ongoing legal challenges to federally mandated coverage of contraception by employers.

Is It Selfish to Only Have One Child?

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 12.13.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I'm reluctant to have another baby. I selfishly want to prolong a period of time when I don't have to speak to my son in half-sentences with a quarter of my attention all while trying to race across the living room to keep the baby from killing himself on the edge of the coffee table.

Ebola: Another Avoidable Crisis

Robert Walker | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The immediate task before us is the containment of the Ebola outbreak. For the moment, little else matters. But we still must confront the larger challenge. We must make the repair of public health systems in developing countries a global priority.

Why Is Being Childless By Choice Still An Issue?

Dani Alpert | Posted 12.01.2014 | Women
Dani Alpert

Can we all move on from this topic and come together on the issues that truly matter and impact all of our lives; the Middle East conflict, world hunger and George Clooney's wedding? Thank you

The Last One

Carissa K | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Carissa K

I will parent her with a confidence I didn't have before. With my first child, I was always reaching and desperate to take hold of what was next. With my last child, I cling to time even as I feel it being yanked away from me.

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

Contraception: Saving Lives... and the Planet

Robert Walker | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Robert Walker

The obvious reason for celebrating modern contraceptives is that they allow us to have children by choice, rather than by chance. They minimize, in other words, the chances of an unintended or unwanted pregnancy.

We Know It Works, So Let's Keep Women's Health Central in Global Development

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Ann M. Starrs

As the governments of the world convene this week to discuss them, they need to look at the evidence. But they also need to listen to the voices of the millions of girls and women around the world for whom access to contraception and safe abortion is integral to their survival, to their health and to their well-being.

History's Worst Contraceptives, Revealed

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 09.23.2014 | Women

Which sounds like a worse contraceptive: douching with Coca-Cola or drinking beaver testicles mixed with moonshine? "History's Worst Contraceptives...