May 4, 2010 |
It was supposed to make every child a wanted child, give women control over their bodies and grant couples worry-free sex. Such were the aspirations of health professionals worldwide when the medication now known simply as "the pill" arrived on the market 50 years ago. It was the first birth-control method that did not require use in the heat of the moment, the first that could be used by a woman without her partner's knowledge or cooperation....
January 6, 2008 |
Every night in this quiet western Indian city, 15 pregnant women prepare for sleep in the spacious house they share, ascending the stairs in a procession of ballooned bellies, to bedrooms that become a landscape of soft hills. A team of maids, cooks and doctors looks after the women, whose pregnancies would be unusual anywhere else but are common here. The young mothers of Anand, a place famous for its dairy industry, are pregnant with the children of infertile couples from around the world.
July 21, 2011 |
Think back on what you talked about with friends and family at your last gathering. The latest game of your favorite team? "American Idol"? An addictive hobby? The new movie blockbuster? In a serious moment, maybe job prospects, Afghanistan, the economic mess? We live in an information-drenched environment, one in which sports and favorite programs are just a click away. And the ease with which we can do this allows us to focus on mostly comforting subjects that divert our attention from increasingly real, long-term problems.
January 27, 2011 |
Maternal mortality is rare. But the rates are increasing in the United States and elsewhere for a number of reasons. In an editorial published Thursday, British researchers point out that in-vitro-fertilization-related pregnancies are an additional risk factor for maternal death. The major causes of death to new mothers are rare catastrophes, such as hemorrhage and blood clots. The incidence of these problems is increasing, possibly because more pregnant women today have health problems, such as diabetes, obesity or some other chronic condition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1993
Responsible citizens spay or neuter their cats and dogs to ensure that unwanted kittens or puppies are not procreated. Should we, as responsible adults, ensure that our sexually active teen-age daughters and little sisters have contraceptives implanted in their bodies to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Throughout history, girls and women were left to deal with unplanned pregnancies. After all, it is only they who can "get into trouble." Why not take a broader approach and have "reversible" vasectomies performed on teen-age boys?
November 21, 2012 |
The rate of abortions in the United States fell by 5%, the largest single-year decrease in a decade, researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. The decline is outlined in the annual abortion surveillance data for the year 2009, the latest available. It was published on Wednesday in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. About 18% of all pregnancies in the United States end in abortion, the CDC noted. Factors from the availability of abortion providers, state laws, the general economy and access to health services including contraception, can all influence the abortion rate, according to the CDC. An important way to reduce abortions is to eliminate unwanted pregnancies.
November 20, 2012 |
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a call Tuesday for birth control pills to be sold over the counter. Currently oral contraceptives are available only with a doctor's prescription. In a policy statement, the organization argues that making birth control pills easier to get will translate into fewer unwanted pregnancies. These unplanned pregnancies remain a major problem in the United States, they write, accounting for approximately 50% of all pregnancies.
October 19, 2011 |
A prenatal blood test that can detect Down syndrome in a fetus in early pregnancy is now available to doctors in 20 U.S. cities, says the developer of the test, Sequenom Inc . The test is a milestone in prenatal testing because it's the first non-invasive way to detect trisomy 21, the most common cause of Down syndrome. Until now, women have had to undergo amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, both invasive tests, to detect Down syndrome. A more recent strategy was to combine ultrasound testing with blood tests, but that test required confirmation with amniocentesis or CVS. The blood test measures fetal DNA in the mother's bloodstream.
May 11, 1986
Women who use intrauterine devices may face up to three times the risk of unplanned pregnancies after they switch to other birth control methods, a study warns. The recent withdrawal of most IUDs from the market thus may lead to an estimated increase of 123,000 unwanted pregnancies annually among the 1.4 million women now using IUDs, according to an article in Family Planning Perspectives, a journal of the Alan Guttmacher Institute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1989
It's a terrible irony that on the eve of our Independence Day the Supreme Court restricts the independence of half the citizens, and that the topic of desecration is centered on the flag while the desecration of women's bodies and lives through unwanted pregnancies is now certain. NANCY WILLIAMS Ventura