Contraception

No, Potatoes Are Not Adequate Contraception, Please Do Not Put Them In *There*

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

A young woman has learned the hard way that a potato does not provide adequate contraception. Nope, not by getting pregnant, but by having the veg...

World Contraception Day in Madagascar

Laura Robson | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Robson

The message of World Contraception Day is empowering: "It's your life; it's your future; know your options." But let's take this to the next level. Let's come together to ensure that no one stops at knowing their options but that all of us, no matter where in the world we live, can act on this knowledge and freely choose when we have children and how many children we have.

These Old School Contraceptives Make Our Bits Wince

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Contraception: it may seem like a pain but think yourself lucky - back in the olden days, baby-prevention techniques were far more terrifying. If ...

How Can We Make Women Count When the Numbers Don't Add Up?

Simon Cooke | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Cooke

By investing to make contraception available to every woman who wants it, improving access to safe abortion where it's legal and making sure that medical care is readily available when things go wrong we can make a real difference. It's not rocket science - even for someone still relatively new to the development sector like me.

Could This New Male Contraceptive Revolutionise Sex?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new birth control method that may be available for men in 2017 has been hailed as a revolutionary breakthrough, but could it come at too high a pric...

The Reality of Unsafe Abortion

Michelle Weinberger | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Weinberger

Disability, infertility, being shunned by your community and in the worst case even death: these are just some of the terrifying risks women expose themselves to when they have an unsafe abortion. Yet every year 21.6 million women, 99% of them in the developing world, are so desperate to end an unwanted pregnancy that they will quite literally risk their lives.

Some People Are Using Latex Gloves Instead Of Condoms (Yes, Really)

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When HuffPost UK Lifestyle think back to our sex education - awkward teachers waggling condoms around at the front of the class, while talking about b...

The Lifestyle Possibilities of the Pill

Sarah Byrne | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Byrne

How about women decide for ourselves what risks are acceptable to us - after we've been given all the relevant information and medical advice, of course - and how many (if any) periods we want to have and when we want to have them. Periods aren't really a curse. But they are a choice.

Australian Judge: 'There's Nothing Untoward About Incest And There's Always Abortion To Stop Birth Abnormalities'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

A New South Wales judge has been suspended from presiding over criminal cases after comments in which he suggested incest may no longer be taboo. ...

Australian Judge: 'Incest Is Nothing Untoward & If There Are Birth Abnormalities, There's Always Abortion'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

A New South Wales judge has been suspended from presiding over criminal cases after comments in which he suggested incest may no longer be taboo. ...

World Cup Reaches Fever Pitch, but There is Another Goal Worth Fighting For

Esther Worae | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

This Friday, 11 July, is World Population Day which was established by the UN to raise awareness of global population issues. So here it is: break down the barriers blocking women and girls from using contraception and we'll put an end to this needless loss of life, and make unsafe abortion a thing of the past.

WATCH: John Oliver Takes On Hobby Lobby And Companies Who Want Religious Rights

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Comedy

Should companies have the same rights as people? That's been the issue at the heart of the US Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that corporations are n...

Life on the Contraceptive Pill: Why I'm Thrilled the NHS Support My Decision to Remain Childless

Brogan Driscoll | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Brogan Driscoll

Contraception is something women (and men) take for granted in the UK. But venture across the pond to the not-so bright lights of America and these fundamental rights are being threatened, even today.

Mothers Who Have Abortions - The Last Taboo

Francesca Richards-Spiller | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Francesca Richards-Spiller

As a mother myself, I feel very strongly that my children are part of me. To be able to absorb your babies back into your body rather than give birth to them in a place which is unsafe or where food and water is scarce would be the best option, if only it were possible in humans. So in that sense, isn't abortion the most maternal, selfless, protective act a mother can do?

Some Women Have More Than One Abortion - Why We Should Listen to Them, Not Blame Them

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
Genevieve Edwards

Girls and boys enter puberty ill prepared by parents or schools, and then turn to peers in the playground or the internet for advice. And we wonder why our rates of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy are among the highest in Europe.

More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

Lynne Featherstone | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Lynne Featherstone

Fewer women are dying in child birth, more girls are going to school, increased numbers of women are taking on roles in public office, there are more female entrepreneurs and less poverty. But significant challenges remain, and we are still a long way from achieving universal access to reproductive and sexual health and the realisation of reproductive rights for all.

Protecting Pregnancies With a Slice of Bread - Why We Should Back Flour Fortification

Clare Murphy | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK
Clare Murphy

There are many circumstances that affect whether a woman decides to end a pregnancy which we simply can't change. We can't conjure up the financial security she wants before she brings a child into the world, however important the campaign for secure maternity benefits and high quality, affordable childcare.

Did Obama Bring Up Condoms With The Pope?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

With beaming smiles, Barack Obama and Pope Francis have emerged from their first 52-minute discussion in the Vatican. But while controversial subje...

How Did The Contraceptive Pill Transform Society?

Katharina Grimm | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katharina Grimm

The pill revolutionised sex and the way women lived their lives. In 1971, just ten years after the pill was introduced in the UK, 47% of babies were born to women under the age of 25. By 2008, this percentage had dropped to 25%.

New Contraceptive For Women Protects Against HIV As Well As Unwanted Pregnancies

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A new contraceptive designed especially for women will protect not only against pregnancies, but also HIV. Scientists have created the device, whic...

The Most Cringey Condom Ad That Your Eyes Will Never Be Able To Unsee

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not mature, but when it comes to thinking about our parents having sex, we assume they have Barbie and Ken genitals (i.e, none) and conceived us ...

Contraceptive Pills Double Risk Of Blood Clots

PA/The Huffington Bell | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Women who take Britain's most popular contraceptive pills are being warned they risk potentially life-threatening blood clots. All GPs have been or...

Why Older Isn't Wiser When It Comes to Our Sex Lives

Genevieve Edwards | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Genevieve Edwards

Research published this week by Marie Stopes shows that of 4,000 adults not trying for a baby, a third of women and almost half of the men had unprotected sex at least once in the past year. And here's the surprising part. Around eight out of 10 of those having unprotected sex said they believed it was "very unlikely" that it would result in pregnancy or they'd contract a sexually transmitted infection. When it comes to our sex lives, it seems we cross our fingers and hope for the best. Yet 185,000 women accessed abortion services last year, which suggests that for quite a lot of us, it does happen. Half a million STIs were diagnosed last year too, some of them incurable and life-threatening.

What Took Them So Long to Develop a Male Pill?

Helen Croydon | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Croydon

When scientists announced this week that the male contraceptive pill is a step closer to being developed my first thought was 'It took them 52 years since the female pill to get this far.'

Male Contraceptive Pill 'A Step Closer'

PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A male Pill that provides a safe, effective and reversible method of contraception has been brought a step closer by scientists. Researchers identi...