Instagram Influencers & the New Obsession with “All-Natural”: How Companies Sell Food, Exercise, and Now Even Contraceptive Methods as a New Way of Life

By Tessa Ruff My peers and I have access to more information about our bodies and our health than ever before, encouraging us to take care of ourselves and make well-informed decisions. But informed and well-informed are not the same and sometimes Google searches can be disempowering—particularly when the top hits promote pseudoscience, debunked claims, … Continued

Smartphone Contraception: Policy Issues

Is Natural Cycles a Sign of 21st Century Innovation or Mike Pence’s Influence in the FDA? In August 2018, Natural Cycles became the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic rhythm method (also called natural family planning or the fertility awareness method) in … Continued

Natural Cycles Fertility Awareness App: Health Information

What is it? Natural Cycles is the first smartphone application (“app”) for contraception cleared by the FDA. Visit our advocacy fact sheet to learn more about the role politics may have played in expediting the FDA’s clearance of Natural Cycles and why consumers should think twice. Natural Cycles is a high-tech version of the classic … Continued

Getting an IUD: How one size does not fit all

By: Tessa Ruff In college, getting a long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) was in vogue. It seemed like everywhere I went, women were talking about how their IUD had changed their life for the better. I was on the pill, and honestly, I wasn’t that great at taking it at the same time every day because … Continued

How much do different kinds of birth control cost without insurance?

By Elly Kosova When NWHN’s Policy Advocacy Director Sarah Christopherson was invited to speak at a Women’s Health Magazine panel on contraceptive access, she eagerly accepted, excited to talk to young women about their options. A few days before the event, she emailed me about a new research assignment. I think of myself as a … Continued

How will Donald Trump’s new rules on birth control affect me?

On October 6, 2017, the Trump Administration published two new rules, effective immediately, undermining the Affordable Care Act requirement that insurance plans cover all 18 FDA-approved methods of birth control without copay or deductible. The new rules allow most employers to strip birth control coverage from their employees for religious reasons or for undefined “moral … Continued

Is the copper IUD more or less effective than the hormonal IUD?

The term IUD stands for intrauterine device. It is one of many forms of contraception available to women for preventing pregnancy. An IUD is typically a small t-shaped device the size of a quarter that is inserted inside the uterus. The IUD has become a growing choice for women due to its long-term protection and … Continued

Using Birth Control to Regulate or Skip Your Period

Is is safe for me to skip my periods using birth control? Many women may want to skip their periods for a number of reasons, such as travel, a busy week, painful menstruation, etc. The good news is: Doctors say it’s just as healthy to skip your period each month as it is to have … Continued

Birth Control After Childbirth

After I give birth, how soon do I need to resume my birth control to prevent getting pregnant again?   It’s possible to become pregnant very soon after having a baby, so it’s Important for new moms to think ahead about their postpartum birth control plan. It’s still possible to become pregnant even if you’re … Continued

BREAKING: Trump wants your boss in charge of your birth control!

At this moment, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing an interim final rule, that could eliminate birth control coverage without a copay. To say this would be very bad is an understatement. Not only could rolling back the “Coverage Of Certain Preventive Services Under The Affordable Care Act” remove birth control from … Continued