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Free contraception bill on fast track in Mass. House

A bill that would guarantee copay-free coverage for birth control in Massachusetts earned initial approval in the House Wednesday morning and appears likely to be advanced to the Senate later in the day. The bill (H 4009) would guarantee free access to oral contraception for women in Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 3:59pm

Trump tells employers they'll never have to worry about providing birth control again

The Trump administration quietly settled more than 13 lawsuits with 74 different employers this week when it promised them they wouldn’t be forced to provide birth control to women who work for them. The move nullifies a battle that has been raging in the courts in the five years since then-...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:38pm

Trump's attack on birth control coverage

“We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore.” This proclamation was made by President Donald Trump earlier this year. A bold promise directed toward the god-fearing Republican base that was partly responsible for ushering him into the White House...

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:49am

What Trump's overturn of the contraception mandate means for women

President Trump is expected to make good on his campaign promise to “make absolutely certain” that companies and religious orders are not “bullied by the federal government because of their religious beliefs” by overturning the birth control mandate, the rule that requires...

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:38pm

You can now get your birth control pills from a smartphone app, but is that safe?

Birth control pills are still one of the most popular ways to protect against unwanted pregnancies — and for good reason because they’re typically between 91 and 99 percent effective. The most annoying aspect of taking birth control pills isn’t remembering to take them, but to...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 4:55pm

Insurers, advocates compromise on Mass. birth control coverage bill

The morning-after emergency contraception pill would be as accessible as a flu shot in Massachusetts and birth control pills could be purchased in 12-month supplies, under compromise legislation agreed to by the insurance industry and reproductive rights advocates. The compromise does not include...

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 3:47pm

Why you might want to get an IUD ASAP — and everything you need to know about them

President Trump is coming for your free birth control. At least it seems that way. According to the Wall Street Journal, the president is finalizing plans to pull back an Obamacare rule that requires employers to provide free contraception in its company insurance plans. New requirements will...

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 2:26pm

You should definitely not put a sticker on your penis before sex

People are getting their jimmies in a rustle over a new penis product billed as alternative to wearing condoms — or nothing — during sex. Jiftip is now selling stickers that fit over the urethra opening on the tip of the penis. The so-called "feel shield” is a "maximum...

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 5:10pm

Your birth control can cause blood clots if you have this often overlooked condition

Women have more choices than ever when it comes to contraception, but the birth control pill remains the most popular option. The reasons range from woman to woman, but generally it’s the go-to option because it’s effective with a 99 percent protection against unwanted pregnancy when...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 2:47pm