Questions tagged [contraception]
Blanket term for any of several methods used to prevent fertilization or pregnancy from resulting due to a sexual act.
Does the Creighton Method of Natural Family Planning have a failure rate of 3.2% or less?
The Creighton Method of natural family planning claims to have a 3.2% failure rate for typical use, and a failure rate of 0.5% for perfect use. However, my primary care doctor said that Natural ...
Do condoms have large enough holes for HIV to pass through?
Some people say that holes in latex are large enough for the AIDS-causing HIV and chlamydia to pass through, so that condoms do not protect against these STDs. Others dispute this statement and ...
Is RISUG a simple, effective birth control for men?
I noticed an article about birth control method for men (called RISUG) being developed in India. It's described as being something like this description of a near perfect contraceptive: no babies, ...
Does the oral contraceptive pill "age" a woman's cervix prematurely?
Well, I heard an interesting one tonight. My wife passed on that on a blog discussing contraceptive use, someone posted a link to a site stating that taking Ortho Tri Cyclen, an oral contraceptive, &...
Is the withdrawal/pull-out method efficient if used correctly?
In Germany (and most other western countries) it is considered common knowledge, taught in sex-ed, that pre-cum contains live sperm making the Withdrawal/Pull Out Method ineffective. Source: Bauer ...
Does freely available contraception cut the abortion rate?
A recent study at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (see report here) concluded that provision of free long-acting contraception reduced the number of abortions in its ...
Was the opposition of the Catholic Church to contraception based on the Homunculi theory?
I have heard said that the opposition of the church to any form of contraception - or any attempt to prevent conception (pulling out, oral sex, etc.) while still performing coitus - was originally ...
Does taking a contraceptive pill increase your chance of getting cancer?
It is a common thing to hear among women discussing contraception, and in the press: A 45 per cent increase in the disease was found among women who had been taking the second generation Pill for ...
Do condoms stored in a wallet deteriorate faster?
During adolescence, teens are often taught to not store condoms in their wallet because it causes the condom to deteriorate. In fact, the National Institute of Health claims: Do not carry condoms in ...
Have 98% of Catholic women used birth control?
An NPR article on the debate about contraceptive coverage makes the following claim: In fact, 98 percent of Catholic women use birth control at some point in their lifetimes. Is this claim true?
Does eating papaya everyday work as a contraceptive?
I saw a few hours ago a friend posted on his Facebook wall a claim that some research from the University of Sussex has shown that daily consumption of ripe papaya works as a contraceptive, and to ...
Can Lady Comp predict women's fertility cycles with 99.3% accuracy?
I just came across a seemingly amazing product, called Pearly or Lady Comp. This product was recently mentioned in Sweden's biggest newspaper. According to the company, it can predict female ...
Does natural family planning decrease divorce rates?
According to Dr. Janet Smith's lecture "Contraception Why Not" the Family of the Americas Foundation performed a study regarding rates of divorce and the use of Natural Family Planning techniques (as ...
Do excreted oral contraceptive compounds in drinking water contribute to male infertility?
I've run across several claims about oral contraceptives ("the pill") and how the residuals that enter municipal water supplies via urination cannot be filtered out and may have detrimental ...
What is the five-year failure rate for condom-usage?
Writing for the New York Times, Gregor Aisch and Bill Marsh model long term failure rates of birth control methods by extrapolating the one-year failure rate based on a simple mathematical formula: ...
Does contraception cause infidelity and/or divorce?
Related: Natural family planning and divorce rates A friend of mine attended Catholic Mass today and shared that the homily was entirely about contraception. From her summary, the gist was that the ...
Are contraceptives unaffordable for female students at Georgetown Law?
At a hearing before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, Sandra Fluke said: "Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. ...
Does "Plan B" (Levonorgestrel) prevent implantation of fertilized eggs?
A common claim made by those who consider contraceptives abortifacients is that "Plan B" (Levonorgestrel) may work by preventing implantation of fertilized eggs. For example, this answer points out ...
Does the availability of modern contraception only explain 10% of human fertility reduction?
It is widely assumed that the most important factor leading to large family sizes and fast population growth is the lack of availability of contraception. But Tim Worstall's book Chasing Rainbows ...
Are the birth-control hormones present in the drinking water?
According to this article, the birth-control hormones were found in the rivers and even ended up in the drinking water. Amway dealers claim that only their water purifier can remove these hormones ...
Side Effects: Male vs Female Birth Control
Occasionally in the news or related information outlets one sees information about a male pill, eg (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8). One claim which I have heard/read on multiple occasions is the following: ...
Does birth control decrease gray matter in the brain?
I read once that women who take birth control pills experience decreases in gray matter. The researchers found that certain regions of the cortex were thinner in women who took birth control pills ...
Is the cervix pierced during the insertion of an IUD?
From this reddit post: This is the first step to the insertion of an IUD. They are piercing the cervix with no anesthesia or local numbing and it's most common for clients to be unaware of this step. ...
Is McDonald's exempt from the HHS Contraception Mandate?
The President of Eden Foods, a natural and organic food distributor, recently wrote: The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For instance, ...