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# Contraception

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# Pregnancy
Can a woman's weight affect the success of the morning-after pill?
The EU is to investigate if emergency contraception is less effective in women weighing 80kg or more.
# sponsored by the hse
Open thread: What's your biggest turn-off?
Is it bad breath? Talking about their ex? We need to know.
# Banned
This Australian condom ad was banned for being too raunchy
Watch it here – heads up, it’s quite unsafe for work.
Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you)
Revelations that emergency contraceptives were bring sold without a warning that their effectiveness could be compromised in women of a certain weight underlines the lack of holistic education about contraception and sexual health, writes Alison Begas.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the male contraceptive pill will be popular?
A contraceptive pill for men has moved one step closer, according to Australian researchers.
# world aids day
Is Ireland doing enough to help the global fight against AIDS?
Charities say Ireland has traditionally been at the forefront, but on World AIDS Day they say that support is slipping.
# sponsored by the hse
8 bedroom interruptions you'll know all too well
Those moments when getting it on just goes all wrong.
# think contraception
Johnny's Back! The latest HSE ad for condoms is pretty funny
The message? Sometimes the sex doesn’t happen, but for when it does – Johnny’s got you covered. Watch the ad here.
Column: Ireland's reproductive revolution – are women now in control?
Irish women have been actively demanding the freedom to choose when or if they become pregnant for over 40 years; a great deal has changed regarding contraception, but have we come far enough? asks Fiona Dunkin.
# Blunt
Pope Francis: We don’t need to talk about abortion, gay marriage and contraception ‘all the time’
The pontiff gave his first full-length, wide-ranging interview to an Italian Jesuit journal.
Column: Let's talk about sex (maybe)
Why does sex education in schools address so little about real-life relationships, sexuality, and the practicalities of obtaining contraception?
# sexual health
Most people in Ireland have never had a sexual health test
Almost a third of people in a study said they are not concerned about their sexual health.
Column: Let's stop using the 'floodgates' argument when debating social change
Divorce, contraception and abortion – all debates that have been been subject to the ‘slippery slope’ argument. But that’s precisely what clear legislation rules out, writes Nathan Wheeler.
# Roman Polanski
Polanski blames the Pill for 'masculinising' women
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes.
# Morning After Pill
US court orders wider access for morning after pill regardless of age
The judge ruled that current restrictions requiring teens to obtain a prescription were “politically motivated” and “scientifically unjustified”.
# Philippines
Philippines signs controversial new law easing access to contraception
Philippines legislators passed the landmark law providing government funding for contraceptives and sexuality classes, despite strong opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic Church.
Extract: How contraception was ‘an Irish solution to an Irish problem’
In 1979, Charles Haughey made his famous speech about contraception in Ireland. John Drennan looks back at that day in an extract from his new book.
# Your Say
Poll: Should contraception be free?
Research has found that people are having difficulty meeting the costs of contraception. Should Ireland follow the lead of other countries and make all contraception available free of charge?
# Symphysiotomy
A history of symphysiotomy: the impact of Catholic ethics on Irish medicine
Extracts from a recent article by Jacqueline Morrissey published in History Ireland.
Column: I'm so grateful I had an unplanned pregnancy in America, not Ireland
An Irish girl recalls her experience of deciding to have a termination – and her relief that she was away from home.
# Population
Over 220 million women have an 'unmet need for family planning'
More than half of all reproductive-age women in developing countries have little or no access to modern contraceptives.
# Contraception
Increase in women seeking post-abortion care from IFPA
The group released its annual report from last year today.
Column: Making emergency contraception easy to access has been good for women
Just over one year ago the rules for getting the morning-after pill in Ireland were relaxed. Alison Begas looks at what this change has meant for women.
# Safety First
VIDEO: New condom campaign launched by HSE
“Johnny’s got you covered.”
# US
Obama administration sued by Catholic schools, dioceses
Legal action launched over new US policy mandating birth control coverage in employee health plans.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
Our essential roundup of the day’s big stories – plus any other bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Sex
Almost quarter of Irish adults believe women are 'easy' if they carry condoms
When asked if they agreed with the statement: “If a woman carries condoms while not in a relationship, it gives the message that she is looking for sex or is easy.” 24 per cent said Yes.
# Sex
Young people in Ireland using contraception more consistently
Ireland’s younger people are also better educated about sex.
# Rush Limbaugh
Seventh advertiser suspends funding for Rush Limbaugh's show over "slut" comments
The radio host had harshly criticised a student who testified to Congress over contraceptives.
Barack Obama condemns US radio host for 'slut' comments
Rush Limbaugh said a law student who called for contraception to be state-funded was a “slut” and a “prostitute”.
# Birth Control
Obama changes contraception policy to appease Catholic groups
The US President altered his birth control policy following protests from religious institutions.
# Birth Control
One million packs of contraceptive pills recalled in the US
Pfizer cited packaging faults as the reason for the recall as pills could be out of sequence, leading to an increased risk of unwanted pregnancies.
# United Nations
Ireland among world's top countries for human development
We are at number seven in the UN’s latest index for wealth, health, education and equality.
# Contraception
Average age of women requesting morning after pill is 23 years - survey
Survery by the Irish Pharmacy Union says that 85 per cent of pharmacists polled have been asked for the drug since mid-February.
# Implanon
Women report falling pregnant while using Implanon contraceptive
Hundreds of women in the UK, and over 30 in Ireland, report unwanted pregnancies while using implanted contraceptive.
# Catholic Church
The pope softens his stance on condoms
The change is message from the Catholic church could influence millions of people across the world.