family planning 

Is the Recession a Great Form of Birth Control?

The state of the economy is prompting couples to hold off on having kids. Credit: Getty Images
Money troubles aren't sexy, and some experts suspect that may be the reason the U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row. The Los An...

Pre-school sex ed

At four years old, my daughter knows what a penis is and (more or less) that it's something that boys have. After all, she has two brothers and a dad, so it's not like she hasn't seen one before. According to the Brook Advisory Centres and the Family...

When a vasectomy goes horribly wrong

Guys, you might want to leave the room for this one. It's a cringe-worthy story in which all your vasectomy fears come true. In 1996, Daniel and Elizabeth Stalker were about to have their fourth child when they decided that this one would be the last...

March Madness, a perfect time for a vasectomy

The word vasectomy makes many men cringe in anticipated pain. Based on the few men I know well enough to talk about such things with, I don't think it's really all that bad. The procedure itself is a quick out-patient surgery, but the recovery can ta...

China's crude birth contol slogans banned

China's family planning policy limits most couples to just one child, sometimes two if the first is a girl. In rural areas, authorities have a rather ugly way of reminding parents of the limit - they erect signs with crude slogans such as 'One more b...

Using family planning to NOT conceive

I have a pal who is trying her darnedest not to conceive. She is a rarity among my other gal pals who either already have kids or are trying their darnedest to get them. Although she did not ask for advice on how to go about not getting pregnant--a...

Rhythm method as effective as the pill?

It sounds rhetoric from a Catholic sex-ed class, but according to German researchers, natural family planning really is as effective as the pill. But before you try this at home, beware: it's a little more sophisticated than you might at first suspe...

New hope for male fertility

For infertile men and their partners, a new technique discovered by German doctors could be an enormous breakthrough. The procedure treats Varicoceles, a relatively common affliction caused by circulation problems, that some doctors feel is a leadin...

Childless couples happier?

I came across a provocative article in Salon magazine the other night. It's older, written in 2003, but I'd never seen it and it sparked quite a conversation at our house. The article asks the question of whether childless couples are happier than th...

How does money affect your family planning?

I did a post earlier today about Jennifer Garner. She has decided to spend some time being a fulltime mother. And inexplicably, I was jealous. I mean, I am happy for her. And I have had three children, and I got to be a fulltime mother to all of them...

Men fail to follow up after vasectomy, study suggests

Web MD shares a study published in BJU International consisting of data from 436 men who had vasectomies at The Clevland Clinic. It showed a quarter of men do not follow the reccomended post-op screening to be sure the vasectomy was successful. You c...

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