Brightness Among the Clouds: Positive Women’s Health Efforts at the FDA

By Eliana Kosova In our current political climate, each day brings new attacks on reproductive health. Between the Trump-Pence Administration’s attacks on access to birth control and Congress’s continual efforts to curtail abortion care, we are in an uphill battle when it comes to reproductive freedom. When Scott Gottlieb was tapped as Commissioner of the … 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

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

Weighing Your Options: Depo-Provera and HIV Risk!

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow Researchers studying the link between contraceptive use and HIV have uncovered a connection between using the Depo-Provera and contracting HIV. In light of these findings, the World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its safety classification for injectable contraception. Depo-Provera is the most widely used injectable contraception around the world, … Continued

Birth Control is More Effective When Providers Empower Women!

By Caila Brander, NWHN Policy Fellow The Guttmacher institute recently published a report that concluded that birth control failure rates are decreasing across the country, after years of stagnated progress. Every method presented a gap between how well it works if used exactly how it is intended to be used, versus its“typical-use” failure rate, which … Continued

Taking a Principled Approach to the Provision of LARCs

By Monica Simpson and Cindy Pearson There has been increased attention and funding in recent years for long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs). While LARCs are part of a well-balanced mix of contraceptive options, there are concerning practices when it comes to who is targeted for long-acting methods and the way in which counseling is provided. … Continued

Weighing Your Contraceptive Options

The National Women’s Health Network believes that everyone should have access to safe and effective contraception. If you have been experiencing severe pain, please report this to your doctor immediately. While we we don’t know if your pain is directly linked to Depo Provera, Depo Provera is commonly associated with a loss of bone mineral … Continued

History made for contraceptive coverage!

Today, a woman buying emergency contraception over the counter will spend between $35 and $60. But in Maryland starting in 2018, she’ll be able to use her private insurance for any FDA-approved over-the-counter (OTC) contraceptive drug—with no copays! This important advance is thanks to the Contraceptive Equity Act, signed into law earlier this month. This … Continued

Essure & Challenges in Contraceptive Choice

Contraceptive needs and desires are as individual as the women who use them. All contraception should be safe and effective and not cause harm to the user; when thousands of women share stories of harm resulting from their contraception, the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) listens. And sometimes, so does the Food and Drug Administration … Continued

“FDA’s Actions on Essure are Steps in the Right Direction” NWHN statement in response to FDA Draft Guidance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cindy Pearson at or 202.682.2640, ext. 0 Safe & effective contraception, including permanent contraception, is an essential component of women’s health and economic security.  Women rely on the FDA to make sure that the risks of contraceptive methods are low, and well understood.  Today, the FDA took important first steps to … Continued