Questions tagged [contraception]

Blanket term for any of several methods used to prevent fertilization or pregnancy from resulting due to a sexual act.

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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: ...
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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 ...
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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 effects on ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...