Latest Unintended pregnancy Stories

2011-06-09 13:29:58

Study finds women who are asked to make an appointment for a later date may not return, are at higher risk for another unintended pregnancy Women who receive a contraceptive known as an intrauterine device or IUD immediately following a first trimester abortion experience few complications and are less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who delay getting an IUD by several weeks, according to a new study at Oregon Health & Science University. The findings are published in...

2011-06-08 13:05:18

Many young women do not want to start taking the contraceptive pill because they are worried that they will put on weight, or come off it because they think that they have gained weight because of it. However, a thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has demonstrated that the combined contraceptive pill does not cause weight increase. In her thesis, Ingela Lindh reports on a long-term study of 1,749 women born in 1962, 1972 and 1982 who answered questions about matters such as...

2011-04-28 13:31:44

A new study finds that more U.S. women seem to be using the "morning-after" pill now that the emergency contraceptive is available over-the-counter. Researchers found that about twice as many women ages 15 to 44 said they had used emergency contraception, compared with four to six years earlier. The emergency contraceptive Plan B has been available in the U.S. since 1999.  The pills cut the risk of pregnancy after unprotected sex by stopping the ovaries from releasing an egg. However,...

2011-03-10 09:05:00

According to suggestions from a new study, women may have less unwanted pregnancies if birth control pills were offered in a year-long supply, Reuters reports. Currently, private and public health insurance companies generally limit how many months worth of the pills can be prescribed at once. But in the new study, researchers found that low-income California women who received a year's supply of birth control pills had fewer unplanned pregnancies than women who only received one- or...

2011-02-23 13:17:57

Rates of unintended pregnancies and abortions decrease significantly when women receive a one-year supply of oral contraceptives, instead of being prescribed one- or three-month supplies, a UCSF study shows. Researchers observed a 30 percent reduction in the odds of pregnancy and a 46 percent decrease in the odds of an abortion in women given a one-year supply of birth control pills at a clinic versus women who received the standard prescriptions for one "“ or three-month supplies. The...

2011-02-02 01:15:31

Teenage girls and young women infected with HIV get pregnant more often and suffer pregnancy complications more frequently than their HIV-negative peers, according to new research led by Johns Hopkins investigators. A report on the multi-center study, based on an analysis of records from 181 patients with HIV, ages 13 to 24, treated at four hospitals over 12 years, will be published in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings are alarming for at least...

2011-01-12 05:55:00

After nearly three decades of decline, the U.S. abortion rate has leveled off in recent years, changing little between 2005 and 2008, according to new data released Tuesday by the Guttmacher Institute. Meanwhile, among total abortions, the percentage of early drug-induced terminations has increased, said Guttmacher spokesman Rachel Jones. The survey of U.S. women revealed that in 2008, the most recent year for which data was available, the abortion rate was 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women aged...

2010-12-21 11:41:00

New Survey: Teens Say Parents Most Influence Their Decisions About Sex Survey Also Reveals One-Third of Teens Believe Birth Control Doesn't Work WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The teen birth rate in the United States declined 6% in 2009 and is now at a record low, according to new data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Rates declined among older and younger teens and among all racial and ethnic...

2010-12-01 07:00:00

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: WPI), announced today that ella® (ulipristal acetate) 30 mg, a novel oral emergency contraceptive, is now available for patients by prescription in the U.S. ella® was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as safe and effective in helping to prevent unintended pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected intercourse (UPI) or a known contraceptive...

2010-09-30 14:12:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $155 million in grants to prevent teen pregnancy. The grants to states, non-profit organizations, school districts, and others have been awarded in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC released the...

Word of the Day
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'