contraception

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look The Way They Do

The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem.


This Book Got The Author Sentenced To Three Months Hard Labour

Charles Knowlton didn’t think much of the laws of Massachusetts, at least when they interfered with his medical practice. By the time he opened a practice in the town of Ashfield, he had already been arrested in Amherst, MA for selling “infidel” books and had spent two months in the Worcester County Jail for grave robbery.


Inventors Want Us To Have Better Safe Sex, But Regulations Make It Hard

Some of you might think I’m a bit condom-obsessed, but that’s not accurate. I’m actually obsessed with people enjoying sex while preventing unwanted pregnancy and the spread of disease. And let’s be honest: no one is truly thrilled by latex condoms. In a word, they suck. Leaving aside the fact that they taste funny and a chunk of the population is allergic to them, they just don’t feel good — for either partner.


Bill Gates Wants To Turn Your Birth Control On With A Remote

As far as contraception innovation goes, for the past several years, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been leading the pack. Next on the list? Revolutionising actual bodily implants. Say hello to wireless birth control.


The Science Of Female Condoms: The Future Of Sex?

Once derided as being like plastic bag with the erotic appeal of a jellyfish, the female condom’s being reinvented as the next big thing in safe sex. Emily Anthes investigates.


This Shocking Prototype Condom Puts Some Wiring On Your Pole

It’s been almost a year since Bill Gates put out his $100,000 call for better, high-tech condoms, and we haven’t found a new de facto standard yet. But Firaz Peer and Andrew Quitmeyer of Georgia Tech have a potential solution, if you’re OK with putting electrodes on your man-parts.


Why Making A Male Contraceptive Pill Is So Difficult

John Amory, a doctor at the University of Washington, has been developing a male contraceptive for 15 years. Turns out, it’s harder than it sounds. We spoke with him to find out why.


Scientists Have Discovered A Compound That May Lead To The First Male Birth Control Pill

Scientists have just discovered that a compound originally meant to treat cancer could actually lead to the real-life creation of a unicorn: the male birth control pill. The researchers report that the compound, known as JQ1, holds the promise of a reversible form of male birth control. It’s the pill but for dudes.


The Pill Can Lead To A Long Marriage Of Bad Sex

The Pill: it brought women sexual liberation, and now research finds it also brings us sexual dissatisfaction.


WARNING: Those Morning After Pills May Be Fake

So you had a good night but something went wrong and you think that you or your partner may get an unwanted pregnancy. Best solution? Morning after pill. Worst solution? Fake morning after pills. The US Federal Drug Administration is warning about them: