Tech & Science There are countless phone applications that promise to help women keep track of their fertility to prevent pregnancy, but the reliability of these programs is questionable. That could change, though, as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Friday that a phone application can be used as an effective form of contraception. The agency approved marketing of the application Natural Cycles that works to prevent pregnancy using an algorithm that calculates the days of the month a woman is likely to be fertile. “Consumers are increasingly using digital health technologies to inform their everyday health decisions, and this new app can provide an effective method of contraception if it’s used carefully and correctly,” Dr. Terri Cornelison, assistant director for the health of women in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, said in a statement. “But women should know that no form of … [Read more...] about Is This Phone App Effective Birth Control? The FDA Thinks So.
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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times: Oh, did that just describe your experiences on hormonal birth control? About 60 percent of women in the U.S. take hormonal birth control, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While birth control side effects are mostly awesome (less cramps! no unwanted pregnancies!), they can admittedly also be sucky (ahem, blood clots). Advertisement - Continue Reading Below FWIW: Hormonal birth control comes in two forms: combination (certain types of pills, the vaginal ring, and the transdermal patch), which includes both estrogen and progestin, and progestin-only (IUDs, shots, implants, and the mini-pill). But both types of hormonal birth control come with pretty similar side effects—good, bad, and ugly. These are the most common birth control side effects you should know about:1. Your acne magically clears up.“Some people have hormonal acne, so a regular cycle and a steadier dose of hormones can help,” says … [Read more...] about 9 Side Effects Of Hormonal Birth Control Every Woman Should Know
Saturday, June 02, 2018 by: Edsel Cook Tags: bad science, badmedicine, badscience, Birth control, birth control dangers, birth control pills, Contraception, contraceptive drugs, contraceptive pills, Contraceptives, ischemic stroke, male birth control, male contraceptives, oral contraceptives, stroke risk (Natural News) American researchers claim they are coming closer to a working birth control pill for men. In a Daily Mail article, they reported that the contraceptive compound EP055 temporarily turned off the swimming ability of sperm in male monkeys. They tested the compound on male macaques. Per their findings, the immobilizing effect took place 30 hours after infusion. Immobile sperm will have a very hard time reaching the egg for fertilization. None of the lab animals displayed negative side effects. Researchers theorize that EP055 did not alter the male hormones of the monkeys. The compound itself is not a hormone, either. In comparison, most female birth control … [Read more...] about Male birth control pill that “turns off sperm” now closer to becoming reality, say researchers
Health care-related news topped the headlines this week. Mandates for insurers to include birth control pill in their plan benefits and news related to the Susan G. Koman foundation were featured on the front pages of most national newspapers. While the birth control and Susan G. Koman stories are certainly important ones, there is a lot more brewing in the health policy world. The American Health Lines (AHL) Alerts Blog lists four other important health care story-lines. House Democrats’ concern with HHS’ deference to states on the essential health benefits rules; A federal appeals court ruling that U.S. residents enrolled in Social Security are legally entitled to Medicare; The conference committee attempting to come to an agreement on a yearlong patch for the sustainable growth rate formula — known as a “doc fix” — which sets Medicare physician reimbursement rates; and States and the National Federation of Independent Business filing briefs … [Read more...] about Health Wonk Review: More than Birth Control Pills ” Healthcare Economist
A potential new form of male birth control contains a surprising active ingredient: ouabain, the active ingredient in the heart-stopping poison some African hunters traditionally used to dip their arrows in. Before you start saying, "Hell no, nope, not a chance in the world that's coming near my penis," just hear out the science, because it's pretty impressive.Ouabain is the active ingredient found in Acokanathera schimperi and Strophanthus gratus, plants native to Africa that, thousands of years ago, hunters coated their poison arrows with. However, it's also been been shown to curb male fertility, which is why scientists at the University of Minnesota and the University of Kansas teamed up to see what they could do with it.What they found could be a game-changer for male contraceptives—if, as with other possible forms of male birth control, it ever comes to fruition.In a study recently published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, the … [Read more...] about This Potential Male Birth Control Contains an Ingredient Used in Poison-Tipped Arrows