Contraception

What do we want? An affordable, non-hormonal, long-lasting contraception option for men!

Article: What do we want? An affordable, non-hormonal, long-lasting contraception option for men!

When do we want it? Now! Of course, these kind of things take time and money. And if these things don’t fit the Big Pharma money-making model (take a pill, day after day, year after year, and keep shelling out the dough for it), then getting backing and support is an uphill battle. But Vasalgel seems to be the little birth control that could. After three decades of research and trials in India, this method of reversible male contraception has made it’s way to America thanks to the Parsemus Foundation, which is dedicated to finding low-cost solutions neglected by the pharmaceutical industry.

Naked News: Arizona law would let employers insist women use pill for non-sexual purposes only

Article: Naked News: Arizona law would let employers insist women use pill for non-sexual purposes only

This week, research showed that men become “cognitively impaired” when around women — even if they just think they’re around women. So does that explain why Utah and Arizona broke out the crazy?

Naked News: the women's (dwindling) reproductive rights edition

Article: Naked News: the women's (dwindling) reproductive rights edition

SNL has an actually funny and actually informative round-up of all the bullshit last week.
This is a great cartoon from Jim Morin in the Miami Herald that pretty much sums up last week’s “religious freedom” debate around birth control coverage.

The 50th anniversary of The Pill

Article: The 50th anniversary of The Pill

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Pill, and there’s been some interesting coverage of it by the media. Margaret Marsh, one of the first researchers granted access to the personal letters of the Pill’s co-developer, John Rock, discusses his Catholicism, among other Pill tidbits.

What kind of birth control should you use?

Article: What kind of birth control should you use?

The good news is there are a lot of birth control options available to women. The bad news is you have to figure out which one is right for you — how to choose?! Planned Parenthood has a pretty cool new widget that can help take a little bit of the guesswork out of it.

How Consumer Reports tests condoms

Article: How Consumer Reports tests condoms

Consumer Reports recently tested a whopping 15,000 condoms (bought by one dude!) representing 20 models. Alas, there was no actual-use testing done in the lab on the slab, just the boring scientific stuff: packaging examination, stretching, measuring, filling them with liquid to check for leaks, and inflating them with air to the size of 5-gallon…

It's Sexual Health Week in Australia

Article: It's Sexual Health Week in Australia

Australia kicked off its first ever Sexual Health Week yesterday (running through the 15th) to promote condoms, STI tests, birth control, etc. (To paraphrase Paul Hogan, now that’s a fight!) As part of the project, a survey was conducted showing that nearly all adult Australians taking part in the study have had unprotected sex, but only…

New product: Trojan Ecstasy condoms

Article: New product: Trojan Ecstasy condoms

Since we were extolling the virtues of condoms the other day (in light of all the withdrawal hub-bub), we wanted to talk about a new brand on the market. While we often automatically dismiss Trojans as your basic, quintessential (i.e. unexciting) condom, they’ve actually been making real efforts to compete with some of the more revolutionary fits, textures and shapes available today. So we asked Condomania’s CEO, Adam Glickman, what was up with their most recent make, Trojan Ecstasy (read on for a special discount link):

When did the Trojan Ecstasy line hit the market?
Just in the past few months.

Is it designed to feel better for him or for her, or both?
They are designed to feel better for both men and women, although the big benefit really does come for the guys.

Durex sells sex well

Article: Durex sells sex well

When every product from cars to instant rice tries to use sex to sell itself, it’s refreshing to see a commercial actually using sex appropriately. A new one from Durex (the first in the list of 5 below) reminded us that they’re the leaders in sex accessory promotion, with funny, clever, provocative, often US-banned spots that are sexier and subtler than any cheap Carl’s Jr ads:

1. We love when sex isn’t just limited to hot 20-something models with eating disorders (via Gawker):

"TheyFit" condoms — first come, first served

Article: "TheyFit" condoms — first come, first served

TheyFit Condoms were the first sized-to-fit condoms available a few years back. (Before ordering, you actually needed to use their Fit Kit™ to measure “the Johnson in question.”) It was a revolutionary idea, but then they mysteriously disappeared from the market. Now they’re back at Condomania for a limited time, so we asked their CEO Adam Glickman what was up…

Cruelty-free, lactose-intolerant condoms

Article: Cruelty-free, lactose-intolerant condoms

Being a vegan is hard sometimes: going out to restaurants with friends makes you as high maintenance as Meg Ryan in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY, stand-up comedy is usually not a career option, and finding a condom made without animal by-products like milk protein is damn near impossible. Thank goodness for Glyde Condoms, then —…