Hormonal Birth Control and Blood Clot Risk

Combined hormonal contraception (CHC) methods are birth control methods containing the hormones estrogen and progestin. Tens of millions of people safely use CHCs—including birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings—to help space births and prevent unintended pregnancy. All CHCs carry a small, increased risk of blood clots, though this risk is significantly smaller than the … 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

My Doctor Won’t Remove MY IUD

I’m experiencing some negative side effects from my IUD, but my doctor doesn’t want to remove it. What should I do?   An intrauterine device (IUD) is a great birth control option for some women. IUDs are inserted by a provider and can provide up 10 years of contraceptive protection! They are very effective and … Continued

Join SisterSong and the NWHN for a Discussion on LARCs!

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) are highly effective methods for preventing pregnancy, but pregnancy prevention may not be an individual woman’s most important consideration in choosing a contraceptive. As enthusiasm for LARCs has grown in recent years, SisterSong and the NWHN have been strong voices in reminding public health officials that the best drug or device … Continued

Will Antibiotics Decrease the Effectiveness of My Birth Control Pill

I am currently on the pill and had sex two days before taking antibiotics. Will antibiotics decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives? Should I use condoms just to be safe?   A study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that the following antibiotics do not affect the use of hormonal contraceptives: … Continued

A Tale of Two Condoms

Did you know that female condoms are considered to have the same health risks as breast implants and heart valves? If you’re wondering why that is, so are we. In the July/August issue of The Women’s Health Activist, author Christina Cherel discusses the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) bias against female condoms. Although everyone should … Continued

FDA Scientific Workshop – Drug Interactions with Hormonal Contraceptives

Statement of Christina Cherel, Program Coordinator, National Women’s Health Network Food and Drug Administration Hormal Contraception Public Workshop on Drug Interactions with Hormonal Contraceptives: Public Health and Drug Development Implications My name is Christina Cherel, and I am the Program Coordinator at the National Women’s Health Network. The National Women’s Health Network is a nonprofit advocacy … Continued


Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and the main cause of cervical and other cancers. This may be changing, thanks to better-than-expected results from two HPV vaccines. Researchers compared HPV prevalence in 2003-2006 (before the vaccine became available in 2006) and 2007-2010 (after availability) using HPV results from … Continued