The male pill? Bring it on

Don’t tell me men couldn’t be trusted to take contraceptive pills – I did two trials, and it was frankly brilliant

The male contraceptive pill is in the news again, and, having done two years’ of clinical trials, I hope this time it will really happen. It is for commercial and social reasons that the male pill is not yet available, not scientific ones – the drug companies think men won’t be interested, and they think women won’t trust men who say: “Don’t worry, darling, I’m on the pill.” But my experience, albeit more than a decade ago, was largely positive, and those attitudes are seriously outdated. The first time I took part, I was off with my then-partner to the family planning clinic, when she said: “It’s so unfair that there isn’t a pill you could take instead of me. Would you, if you could?” There’s really only one answer to that question. When we got to the clinic there was a cheesy poster on the wall showing Neil Armstrong on the moon, captioned “Be the first man on the pill!” And so the deal was done. (via The male pill? Bring it on | James Mackenzie | Comment is free |


7 Reasons Why The Planned Parenthood Situation Can Ruin Your Life

Over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed a few things: Hashtags like #StandWithPP and #PinkOut trending, people’s social media user pics turning pink, and a reinvigorated debate about abortion. That’s because politicians are trying their hardest to prevent the United State’s government from providing federal funding to Planned Parenthood, an organization dedicated to providing reproductive health services. So why are people so mad about that? Because Planned Parenthood provides abortion services.

Are the abortion services funded by the government? No, those are specifically funded by donors and other entities. Is Planned Parenthood masquerading as an abortion clinic? Uh, no, because abortion consists of only three percent of their overall services. Still, super right-wingers want to kill Planned Parenthood and Republicans in the House of Representatives already voted to defund it.

This is a travesty, and a lot of misinformation and general disdain for women’s health have just fueled the flames. You might not really care, but you should. Here are seven reasons why the Planned Parenthood situation can ruin your life.

On Tuesday I’m getting my contraceptive implant bar replaced. It’s been about 2.5 years since my first one was put in, and it’s starting to wear off.

The total cost of this process, the bar, the applicator, the double doctor’s appointment and the check up later to see how it’s going is $6. Thank you Australian health system!

Don’t you dare tell me that healthcare isn’t important. Imagine how many teens and young people in general could benefit from 3 years of contraceptive treatment at the cost of just $6?

The US needs to sort out its priorities. 


History’s Worst Contraceptives by Engender Health.

$1 Contraceptive for World’s Poorest Women

In November 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Pfizer Inc., and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) reached an agreement to make birth control accessible to women in developing countries. Sayana Press, an injected contraceptive, is sold to distributors for only $1 per dose. The drug will be sold at little to no cost and administered readily to women living in sixty-nine countries by 2020. Injection is the preferred method of birth control because it allows women privacy, ease, and convenience.

Read more about it here:

Image Source: PATH/Will Boase

This post was born as a response to a question sent in by Carla regarding how female astronauts deal with their menstrual cycle during long duration mission in space.

There are no rules that require or, on the contrary, prohibit to suppress the menstrual cycle during a space mission. To tell you the truth not even mere recommendations exist: every astronaut decides freely according to their preference. It is of course a good idea to inform the flight surgeon about the decision; the latter must be familiar with all aspects of the astronaut’s health. Apart from this, it is a completely a personal choice.

From what I have heard from my colleagues, I believe that often considerations of practicality make it preferable to choose for pharmacological suppression. It is not, however, any different from what is commonly practiced by many women: those who typically use the “classic” contraceptive pill is in fact already suppressing the menstrual cycle. The bleeding during the week of interruption (or placebo), are not a real period, but a so-called withdrawal bleeding.

If you decide instead of having a regular menstrual cycle on board, it’s not a problem. There are stocks of sanitary products onboard and the “bother” is really a minor one: I would not want to change, for example, having to need to shave my face (and maybe even the head) each morning in weightlessness!

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions 

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.

Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.

“We are calling for governments to expand access to contraception, particularly for groups that have low incomes,” said Giselle Carino, deputy director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s (IPPF) western hemisphere region.                   

“Then they must expand access to safe abortion services and we need an awareness campaign so women know about the risk of Zika and are aware of their options if they find themselves pregnant.”

This is female privilege +_+

1. The pill has been rejected because of a combination of effectiveness concerns (men produce 1000 spern a second, that’s harder to control than 1 egg a month) and social rejection (women like being in control of birth control).
2. Men do fear pregancy. When a woman becomes pregnant, she has all the control in the future of that child. If that women decides to have the child, even if the man doesn’t want to, he can be forced to provide for that child. Men have a lot of incentive to not get a woman pregnant.
3. Mandatory vasectomies? Really? Like circumcision isn’t traumatic enough for some young boys. And 2 people to vouch for him as a father? Not just 2 people, 2 women? Like women are somehow more qualified to be parents just for being women? Can you imagine the shitstorm if people decided women needed to be given permission to have kids? Taking away the man’s right to HIS OWN FUCKING SPERM?

What is wrong with people?


11 Of The Most Ridiculous Pregnancy Prevention Questions

Emergency contraception like Plan-B can prevent an unwanted pregnancy up to 72 hours after having unprotected sex or dealing with a condom malfunction. It’s even more easily accessible to teens now than ever before, which is great! So… does that mean that all those myths about pouring Sprite up your cooch after having unprotected sex to avoid pregnancy are going to finally start dying off? One can only hope.

Juniperus communis or as it is commonly known as Juniper, common juniper and gorst is part of the cupressaceae family. The juniper is poisonous and can cause gastrointestinal upset as it contains high levels of isocupressic acid, which is known to be an abortificant. The Juniper plant was used to stimulate the uterus, speeding up or inducing labour, or to trigger abortion. Native Americans used the juniper berries as a contraceptive.

Juniper berry was first used as a medication as it is a diuretic and it was also thought to be an appetite stimulant and a remedy for rheumatism and arthritis. Western American Native Tribes were reported to have used the berries as an appetite suppressant during famines.