contraception

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:


The Pill Doesn't Make You Fat, Though Drug Companies Say It Does

The pill doesn’t make you gain weight? The idea goes completely against what pretty much every woman in the world believes, myself included — until today.


The Best Birth Control Is A Piece Of Plastic Lodged Inside Your Uterus

What’s the most aggravating form of birth control? Taking a pill every day for most of your young adulthood or inserting a spindly plastic thingy — otherwise known as an intrauterine device — in your uterus? If you’re not a lady you’d guess the former. But you might be wrong.


An Ingenious New Sperm-Crippling Birth Control For Dudes

We need better birth control. This isn’t terribly controversial. Most current birth control is based on decades old science, merely refined as the years have gone by. And there’s still no male equivalent of the pill, which puts the brunt of the burden of long-term birth control on women.