Complete coverage on

Birth Control

Melinda Gates talks about Catholic Church's reaction to the Gates Foundation project to provide contraception to women.

Latest Stories

Join the conversation on sustainabilityupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 08:19:00

Monita Rajpal explains how viewers can join the conversation around the Rio +20 Earth Summit by using CNN Ecosphere.

Religious liberty at stake in battle over contraception ruleupdated: Fri May 25 2012 18:15:00

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." This is the first line of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Study: IUDs, implants vastly more effective than the pillupdated: Wed May 23 2012 17:21:00

The small fraction of women who choose intrauterine devices (IUDs) or under-skin implants as their preferred method of birth control may be on to something: According to a new study, these long-acting forms of contraception are 20 times better at preventing unintended pregnancies than the Pill and other short-term methods.

Brown: I believe in women's rightsupdated: Mon May 21 2012 09:37:00

Sen. Scott Brown talks to CNN's Piers Morgan about contraception rights for women.

Anti-science and anti-contraceptionupdated: Mon May 21 2012 09:37:00

How can it be that we are firmly into the 21st century and reading claims that birth control pills can cause prostate cancer and abort babies? Or, my personal favorite, that a woman can be considered pregnant before her egg unites with a sperm?

Study: Teen access to Plan B unevenupdated: Mon Mar 26 2012 15:20:00

Since 2009 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has mandated that Plan B and other emergency contraceptives be available without a prescription to women age 17 and up. In reality, a new study suggests, a 17-year-old's access to these drugs can be uncertain.

Arizona wades into contraception controversyupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 16:39:00

Women in Arizona may be forced to share certain private medical conditions with their employers if they want their contraception to be covered by health insurance, a bill proposes.

Contraception controversy in Arizonaupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 16:39:00

KTVK reports Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that allows employers to deny women coverage for contraception.

Fluke: Bad info in contraception debateupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 01:09:00

Student Sandra Fluke discusses her CNN.com commentary and responds to criticism on her stance on contraception.

Sandra Fluke: Slurs won't silence womenupdated: Wed Mar 14 2012 01:09:00

Last month, students from several Catholic universities gathered to send a message to the nation that contraception is basic health care. I was among them, and I was proud to share the stories of my friends at Georgetown Law who have suffered dire medical consequences because our student insurance does not cover contraception for the purpose of preventing pregnancy.

On Women's Day, a reality checkupdated: Thu Mar 08 2012 19:53:00

When Philip Morris introduced Virginia Slims cigarettes for women back in 1968, their marketing slogan was "You've Come a Long Way, Baby." But by 1968 women had not really come very far. "Help wanted" ads were still segregated by sex, the average employed female college graduate earned less than the average male high school graduate, fewer than 3% of all attorneys were female, most states had "head and master" laws giving the husband the final say in the home, and no state counted marital rape as a crime.

Bachmann slams Obama contraception planupdated: Tue Mar 06 2012 10:54:00

CNN's Piers Morgan talks to Rep. Michele Bachmann about Presidetn Obama's controversial contracpetion plan.

Why don't men in favor of birth control speak up?updated: Tue Mar 06 2012 10:54:00

By the end of last week, congressional Democrats and a few moderate Republicans succeeded in requiring most employers to include contraception as part of health insurance coverage, in spite of deep opposition from the GOP majority. Across the Potomac in Virginia, Democrats and, again, a few Republican moderates were able to soften or kill GOP bills that would have put into place humiliating obstacles to abortion. These are good things.

Don't threaten women's health careupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 17:14:00

Congress is attempting to eviscerate women's health care. Like many women across America, I am outraged.

Democrats slam GOP on contraceptionupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 19:54:00

Democrats hold a contraception hearing in stark contrast to a GOP effort that included no women. CNN's Dana Bash reports.

Seven states sue government over contraceptives mandateupdated: Thu Feb 23 2012 19:54:00

Seven states on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services.

Obama's compromise on birth controlupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 17:14:00

President Obama announces a compromise in the dispute over contraception.

Obama administration asks for delay in legal fight over contraception coverageupdated: Fri Feb 17 2012 17:14:00

An ongoing political dispute over the Obama administration's new mandate on contraceptive coverage has reached the federal courts, with the Justice Department on Friday urging judges to stay out of the controversy until a compromise can be worked out.

Obama's contraceptive compromiseupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 12:05:00

President Obama outlines the compromise reached with religious groups over the debate on contraceptives.

Catholic bishops group denounces contraception compromiseupdated: Mon Feb 13 2012 12:05:00

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced President Barack Obama's compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises "serious moral concerns," according to a statement posted on its website late Friday.

Catholic bishops group denounces contraception compromise, says 'raises serious moral concern'updated: Sat Feb 11 2012 08:32:00

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced President Barack Obama's compromise over whether to require religiously affiliated institutions to provide contraception to female employees, saying the proposal raises "serious moral concerns," according to a statement posted on its website late Friday.

What's in White House's contraception compromise planupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 14:21:00

Here is a statement the White House issued Friday on President Barack Obama's compromise over the controversy swirling around a plan to require full contraception insurance coverage for female employees at religiously affiliated institutions:

Sebelius talks birth control compromiseupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 14:21:00

Secy. Sebelius responds to questions of political fallout following the decision to compromise on birth control coverage.

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaignupdated: Fri Feb 10 2012 07:24:00

Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women -- one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

University vending machine sells Plan Bupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 23:15:00

Students at a Pennsylvania university can now buy emergency contraceptive Plan B from a vending machine. WHP reports.

Vending machine dispenses emergency contraception updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 23:15:00

Vending machine offerings at a Pennsylvania university are expanding beyond the world of junk food and into the world of contraception.

Catholics upset with contraception rulesupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

The Catholic church is outraged at new contraception rules. CNN's Brianna Keilar has more.

Bishops don't speak for most Catholics on contraceptionupdated: Sat Feb 04 2012 11:05:00

Recently, the chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Religious Liberty argued that the Obama administration's requirement that most health insurance plans cover contraception goes against "the mandate of Jesus Christ."

Morning-after pill and teensupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:10:00

Elizabeth Cohen reports on the government's ruling on the morning-after pill for young teens.

Sebelius contraception ruling a step backupdated: Sat Dec 10 2011 07:10:00

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' directive overruling the Food and Drug Administration's decision to make emergency contraception available over the counter for all women, including girls under 17, was not only unprecedented, it was substantively without merit.

'Plan B' pill will have age restrictionupdated: Wed Dec 07 2011 18:54:00

Katherine Sebelius says that the "morning-after pill" will not be available to all ages without a prescription.

7 billion people and beyondupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:36:00

U.N. announces that the world population has reached seven billion. CNN's Richard Roth tries to survive.

Africa's birth rate: 'Why women must be free to choose' updated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:36:00

Last week the world welcomed its 7 billionth inhabitant. But behind the headlines is a complicated demographic picture -- and one that masks huge disparities. The current rate of growth means that there are 78 million more people every year. Nearly all of that growth -- 97 out of every 100 people - is occurring in less developed countries.

7 billion reasons to empower womenupdated: Mon Oct 31 2011 09:25:00

The world's population has more than tripled since I was born in 1938. On Monday, our world's population is expected to hit the milestone of 7 billion people -- up from 2.5 billion in 1950 -- with almost all of the growth expected to happen in the cities of less developed countries. This means that the problems the world faced when I was a child are even more urgent now for my grandchildren.

Birth control pills recalled due to 'packaging error'updated: Fri Sep 16 2011 18:37:00

An Alabama pharmaceutical company issued a voluntary nationwide recall Friday for "multiple lots" of birth control pills due to what it described as a systemic "packaging error."

Rep. Michele Bachmann's HPV claimupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper looks into Rep. Michele Bachmann's suggestion that the HPV vaccine is dangerous.

Study: IUD's lower cervical cancer riskupdated: Tue Sep 13 2011 11:47:00

Intrauterine devices (IUDs) prevent unwanted pregnancies, and as an added benefit they may also help protect against cervical cancer, according to a new study in the Lancet Oncology, a British medical journal.

HHS OKs birth control with no co-payupdated: Mon Aug 01 2011 18:28:00

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidelines in Washington Monday requiring health insurance plans beginning on or after August 1, 2012 to cover several women's preventive services, including birth control and voluntary sterilization.

Birth control should be fully covered under health plans, report saysupdated: Tue Jul 19 2011 18:52:00

Contraceptives, sterilization and reproductive education should be covered by health insurance plans with no cost to patients under the health care reform law, a new report recommends.

Is there a way to ease IUD insertion pain?updated: Mon Nov 22 2010 09:45:00

Last month as a birthday gift to myself, I scheduled an IUD. It hurt like the dickens and I didn't get the IUD. I'm 31, I have a steady boyfriend and I don't want to tie my tubes yet. Is there any way I can get an IUD without feeling excruciating pain?

5-day 'morning after' pill gets FDA advisers' approvalupdated: Fri Jun 18 2010 11:46:00

An advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light Thursday to an emergency contraceptive for use up to five days after sex.

What if contraception were always covered?updated: Mon Jun 07 2010 12:00:00

A little-noticed provision in the sprawling health care reform law enacted in March could greatly expand access to contraception by requiring insurance companies to cover it without any out-of-pocket costs.

Where's the male birth control pill?updated: Mon May 10 2010 13:35:00

When the pill came out in 1960, women got to take charge of their own bodies in a new way: They didn't have to rely on men to prevent pregnancy.

Hilary Swank: 'I'm inspired by women'updated: Fri May 07 2010 16:50:00

HLN's Joy Behar talks with Hilary Swank and Gloria Steinem about the women's movement and how it inspired Swank's roles.

What 'The Pill' didupdated: Fri May 07 2010 16:50:00

It was 50 years ago that the U.S. FDA approved the birth control pill, an anniversary the agency is celebrating this Sunday, which (coincidentally?) happens to be Mother's Day. Here are a range of opinions CNN.com gathered on the significance of The Pill's introduction, and the cultural ripples it set in motion.

Periods -- Who needs them anyway? Women have mixed feelingsupdated: Thu May 06 2010 10:35:00

Fifty years ago, women obtained a new level of control over their reproductive systems. The introduction of the birth control pill meant they could have sex without getting pregnant, decide how far apart to have their children and they could even decide when -- or whether -- to have a monthly period.

Gaps found in young people's sex knowledgeupdated: Tue Dec 15 2009 09:38:00

Most sexually active unmarried young adults believe pregnancy should be planned, but about half do not use contraception regularly, according to a study published Tuesday.

China has more than 13 million abortions a yearupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 09:39:00

The number of abortions performed in China each year tops 13 million, with inadequate knowledge of contraception playing a major role in the annual tally, state-run media reported.

Women over 30 have newer birth control optionsupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 12:26:00

Fallen out of love with your birth control? Maybe you're put off by the side effects -- cramps from hell, unpredictable bleeding. Or maybe remembering to pop a pill just isn't your strong suit. Problem is, going without isn't a good choice, even as you get older: Nearly 40 percent of pregnancies among women in their 40s, for instance, are unplanned.

FSB: Reinventing the condom - for womenupdated: Tue Jul 07 2009 18:06:00

Talk about patient money. It took The Female Health Company, a Chicago-based maker of female condoms, almost 20 years to turn a profit.

Many women put pregnancy plans on hold in shaky economyupdated: Thu May 28 2009 17:11:00

Diana Adam, 35, and her husband wanted to have a second child this year. The timing just seemed right. She had a job as a software engineer at a big market research company near San Francisco, California, and it had good benefits -- including paid maternity leave. He was looking for a faculty position after finishing his Ph.D. in sociology but had a steady job as a lecturer at a state university. Their first child, a boy, was three.

Morning-after pill rulingupdated: Fri May 01 2009 11:12:00

A federal judge orders the FDA to let 17-year-olds obtain the Plan B morning-after pill.

In troubled times, vasectomies snip and prosperupdated: Mon Mar 30 2009 11:15:00

Dr. J. Stephen Jones had seven vasectomies to perform in a day.

Pope visits Africa, reaffirms ban on condomsupdated: Wed Mar 18 2009 20:22:00

Pope Benedict XVI refused Wednesday to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use as he arrived in Africa for his first visit to the continent as pope.

Philippines debates government promotion of contraceptionupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 01:48:00

A debate is stirring in the predominantly Roman Catholic country of the Philippines: should the government provide contraceptives to the public?

Commentary: Ridiculous items in stimulus planupdated: Mon Feb 02 2009 06:32:00

So much for the new bipartisanship.

Blood clot risks higher for patch usersupdated: Thu Nov 27 2008 10:16:00

Some research suggests that the risk of leg and lung blood clots may be higher for women who use the birth-control patch instead of the pill. The Food and Drug Administration said it updated the label on the Ortho Evra birth-control patch in January 2008 to reflect the results of one study that found women using the patch faced twice the risk of clots, compared with women on the pill. But a second study found no difference in risk between the two forms of birth control.

Commentary: Wasilla's lack of sex educationupdated: Thu Sep 18 2008 15:12:00

As someone who was raised in Wasilla, Alaska, I can't help but feel a pride since the little town I spent most of my life in has been thrown into the national spotlight.

Young, childless, and snippedupdated: Mon Sep 08 2008 11:02:00

Although he wasn't the neighborhood Lothario, and he didn't have a significant other, Jason Eskridge opted to have a vasectomy when he was 27.

Time.com: The Long Wait for Male Birth Controlupdated: Sun Aug 03 2008 20:30:00

Researchers say that hormonal birth control for men is as possible and safe as the Pill for women, but the pharmaceutical industry says there's no market

Time.com: Group to Government: End Use of Birth-control Patchupdated: Thu May 08 2008 14:50:00

Warnings about the Ortho-Evra weekly patch have escalated since a 2005 investigation by The Associated Press found patch users suffer higher rates of life-threatening blood clots than women who take birth-control pills

A mom's guide to birth control updated: Wed May 07 2008 12:15:00

Question: I've always been on the Pill, but now I'm breastfeeding. That means I can't go back on it, right?

Time.com: Birth Control for Kids?updated: Thu Oct 18 2007 14:00:00

The outcry over Portland, Maine's decision to provide the pill to young girls shows that adults still have trouble discussing sex with each other, much less with our kids

Contraceptives for 6th-gradersupdated: Thu Oct 18 2007 12:45:00

A plan to offer birth control to middle school students angers parents, but passes. WGME's Jeff Peterson reports.

Morning-after pill sales jump as access easesupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 03:44:00

Sales of the Plan B "morning-after pill" nearly doubled in the past year, exceeding expectations after the U.S. government allowed adults to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription.

CNNMoney: 'Morning-after pill' sales nearly doubleupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 02:39:00

Sales of the Plan B "morning-after pill" nearly doubled in the past year, exceeding expectations after the U.S. government allowed adults to buy the emergency contraceptive without a prescription.

Time.com: Morning-After Pill Sales Soarupdated: Wed Aug 22 2007 17:00:00

In the year since it was approved for over-the-counter sales, the morning-after pill has become a huge commercial success for its manufacturer

Time.com: Brazil to Subsidize Birth Controlupdated: Wed May 30 2007 08:15:00

Da Silva announced a new program Monday to sharply decrease unwanted pregnancies in Latin America's largest nation by subsidizing birth control pills

Time.com: Controversial Birth Control Approvedupdated: Wed May 23 2007 16:55:00

The first birth-control pill meant to put a stop to women's monthly periods indefinitely won federal approval Tuesday

CNNMoney: Contraceptive unlikely to boost Wyethupdated: Mon May 21 2007 14:16:00

The FDA will decide Tuesday whether Wyeth's experimental birth control pill Lybrel gets a green light for the U.S. market.

10 myths about the pill busted updated: Tue Mar 13 2007 10:40:00

One day you're told that birth-control pills sap your sex drive and make you fat. The next day they're hailed as an easy way to eliminate your period and lower the risk of ovarian cancer.

CNNMoney: FDA wonders if The Pill still works wellupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 11:38:00

FDA advisors will consider on Tuesday and Wednesday if birth control drugs need more stringent guidelines for safety and effectiveness.

Dr. Gupta on breast cancer decline: Hormone replacement therapy is keyupdated: Fri Dec 15 2006 13:07:00

The number of new breast cancer cases dropped by 7 percent in 2003, according to research presented at a breast cancer conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday. But some cancer experts wonder whether the decline will last. CNN's Soledad O'Brien discussed the new findings with Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart will carry over-the-counter Plan B pillupdated: Fri Aug 25 2006 14:50:00

Wal-Mart said Friday it will carry the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill for over-the-counter sale possibly by the end of the year.

CNNMoney: 'Morning-after' pill wins key FDA approvalupdated: Thu Aug 24 2006 09:14:00

Barr Pharmaceuticals said Thursday the Food and Drug Administration approved the over-the-counter sale of its "morning-after" pill.

CNNMoney: Barr rallies on morning-after pill newsupdated: Mon Jul 31 2006 11:16:00

Barr Laboratories stock rallied Monday after the drugmaker said it was meeting with the FDA about possibly getting its controversial morning-after birth control pill approved for use by women over age 18 in the United States.

CNNMoney: FDA says "not yet" to Wyeth birth control drugupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 15:45:00

The FDA told Wyeth that it's going to have to do some more work on an experimental birth control drug before getting the green light from regulators, said the drugmaker on Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart to carry Plan B contraceptionupdated: Fri Mar 03 2006 16:31:00

In a major turnaround, Wal-Mart will begin stocking Plan B contraceptives -- commonly referred to as the "morning-after pill" -- at all of its pharmacies, the company said Friday.

Canberra passes abortion drug voteupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 19:35:00

Australia's lawmakers have voted Thursday to remove regulatory control of a controversial abortion drug away from the health minister.

CNNMoney: Wal-Mart dealt morning-after pill setbackupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 08:24:00

Wal-Mart pharmacies in Massachusetts will be required to carry emergency contraception pills after the state's pharmacy board ruled in favor of three women who filed complaints two weeks ago against the mega chain for refusing their prescriptions.

State: Wal-Mart must carry emergency contraceptionupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 08:14:00

Wal-Mart pharmacies in Massachusetts must carry emergency contraception pills, the state's pharmacy board has ruled.

Showdown looms over abortion pillupdated: Tue Feb 14 2006 21:46:00

Australia's federal lawmakers have a rare chance to vote outside party lines this week and go with their conscience on what has become a fevered debate on abortion.

CNNMoney: FDA says patch has blood clot riskupdated: Fri Nov 11 2005 07:47:00

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned millions of women who use the Ortho Evra contraceptive patch that they are being exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than with a typical birth control pill, which could put them at higher risk for blood clots.

Gupta: Progress, hurdles in breast cancer fightupdated: Mon Oct 10 2005 09:12:00

In 1987, around one in four women age 50 and older said they'd had a mammogram and breast exam in the past two years. Eleven years later, that number jumped to 69 percent.

Morning after at the FDA updated: Mon Sep 05 2005 13:54:00

Is politics keeping the long-delayed emergency contraceptive known as the morning- after pill, or Plan B, off the over-the-counter market?

CNNMoney: Morning after pill will have to waitupdated: Fri Aug 26 2005 16:26:00

The Food and Drug Administration delayed for 60 days a decision on whether to allow nonprescription sales of the emergency contraceptive pill known as Plan B, FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford said Friday.

CNNMoney: Women sue birth control patch makerupdated: Mon Jul 25 2005 19:12:00

Ten women filed a lawsuit Monday against the maker of a birth control patch, claiming the device caused them to suffer strokes and blood clots, their attorney told CNN.

Congress to consider birth control billupdated: Thu Apr 14 2005 16:31:00

Reports of pharmacists with particular religious and moral beliefs denying prescriptions for birth control have prompted legislation that would ensure all prescriptions are filled.

Fortune: Sex, Drugs, and Career Choices When young women first got access to the birth control pill in the late 1960s, updated: Mon Apr 03 2000 00:01:00

The effects of some technological changes are obvious, as in the case of the Internet revolution that's shredding and reweaving the fabric of American business before our eyes. But other innovation...

Money Magazine: Coming Upupdated: Wed Sep 01 1999 00:01:00

24 FEDERAL OPEN MARKET COMMITTEE MEETING. Investors are waiting to see if Greenspan and company will change their bias--now at a market-enhancing neutral--toward raising rates again at the next mee...

Fortune: Where Drug Firms Fear to Tread THE LONG, STRANGE JOURNEY OF PREVENupdated: Mon Oct 26 1998 00:01:00

When it was introduced last month, the emergency contraceptive Preven made the evening news and the front pages. The attention is easy to understand: American women have an estimated 2.7 million un...

Fortune: THE NEW WAVE OF ILLEGITIMACY Nearly one-third of all babies are born out of wedlock. Here's what to do about soaring illegitimacupdated: Mon Apr 18 1994 00:01:00

NOT A SMIDGEN of scandal accompanied Shawn Harland Erickson when he arrived into the world early on New Year's Day, the first baby of 1994 in Brockton, Massachusetts. Shawn's mother, 19-year-old Ta...

Fortune: PRODUCTS TO WATCHupdated: Mon Dec 03 1990 00:01:00

FAT-FREE ESKIMO PIE How's this for a wintertime treat? Eskimo Pie Corp. has won the race to produce the first fatless ice cream novelty. The Fat Freedom Eskimo Pie Sandwich is made with NutraSweet'...

Fortune: THE RUBBER BARONS Their product was moribund and vaguely disreputable until medicine hailed condoms in the fight against AIDS. Nupdated: Mon Nov 24 1986 00:01:00

HAS ANY other product received such free advertising? As AIDS extends its deadly shadow, doctors, scientists, and public health authorities unanimously recommend one product against it: the condom....

Fortune: COVER STORY WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE RAIDERS Hungrier than ever, the takeover artists are confident they can make a successful end-ruupdated: Mon Nov 11 1985 00:01:00

RUN DOWN THE LIST of the big-time corporate raiders and you might conclude that they're sated or preoccupied. Carl Icahn has just stepped into the pilot's seat at TWA after winning a four-month dog...

We recommend