This Natural Spermicide Turns Your Tongue Green

Vanadium is the 23rd element. It's a simple gray metal that has a remarkable property — it acts as a natural and effective spermicide. In some ways, it's a better spermicide than any of those regularly on the market. » 1/26/15 11:40am 1/26/15 11:40am

A Hippo Learns The Only 100% Effective Birth Control is Abstinence

As part of their management of their animals, zoos get together to create breeding recommendations for each species. But sometimes the animals have their own plans. Despite being on contraceptives, a Los Angeles Zoo hippo delivered a surprise baby on Halloween. » 11/07/14 12:55am 11/07/14 12:55am

A Clinic In San Antonio Gave Women Fake Birth Control

Just when you think you've uncovered all the possible types of unethical human experimentation ever done, history throws a new wrinkle at you. In the early 1970s, a birth control clinic in San Antonio gave indigent women fake birth control as part of a medical study. » 6/23/14 12:30pm 6/23/14 12:30pm

​A male birth control pill that causes a temporary vasectomy

It's the 21st century and men still don't have a birth control pill to call their own. But now, scientists from Britain and Australia have figured out a way to prevent sperm from escaping during the moment of ejaculation — and without affecting sexual function. » 12/05/13 12:20pm 12/05/13 12:20pm

How can a small piece of copper prevent you from getting pregnant?

Birth control comes in all shapes and sizes, from the incredibly high-tech to the ridiculously simple. So if you're worried about the long-term effects of taking hormones, or tired of taking a daily birth-control pill, there's always another method of birth control that's simple, cheap and effective: the Copper T. The… » 9/18/12 11:07am 9/18/12 11:07am

Did the Romans drive a birth-control plant to extinction?

Yes and no. Yes, they almost certainly did drive this plant to extinction. No, it probably wasn't that good a method of birth control. Learn how silphim, a long-dead relative of fennel, powered an entire economy, before it disappeared forever. » 7/05/12 1:00pm 7/05/12 1:00pm

Could an IUD be the best emergency contraceptive around?

The use of intra-uterine devices (IUDs) never took off in the USA as contraceptives, the way they did in the rest of the world. But a new study might change that. » 5/11/12 5:00pm 5/11/12 5:00pm

Gossypol, the Chemical Commonly Found in Cotton That is Also a Male…

We use cotton to make our clothes and underwear — but should we start using a chemical made by cotton to control how we use what is in our underwear? » 4/13/12 2:30pm 4/13/12 2:30pm

The Artificial Sweetener Splenda Could Prevent Your Birth Control Pill…

Birth control is probably the last item in your pharmaceutical arsenal that you would want to fail. Which is why some recent research on artificial sweeteners could be major cause for concern. » 2/17/12 3:39pm 2/17/12 3:39pm

10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Love and Sex

Tomorrow, as you are almost certainly aware, is Valentine's Day. For some of us, this a particularly blissful time of year. For others it's one that calls for intense cynicism. But regardless of your stance on Valentine's Day, there's no way to avoid being bombarded with romantic imagery. So you might as well take… » 2/13/12 10:23am 2/13/12 10:23am

Men could soon blast their balls with soundwaves to prevent pregnancy

What if the male version of the birth control pill wasn't a pill at all? Scientists from the University of North Carolina say a non-oral form of male contraception is on the horizon. According to researchers, all it takes to be effective is a couple blasts of high frequency sound waves...delivered straight to the… » 1/30/12 7:00am 1/30/12 7:00am

Saucy Star Wars Condoms: Oh, You Naughty Frenchpersons

This probably isn't real, but that's too bad, because it's hilarious. In case your French is rusty, the words on the fauxphylactic mean "I will not be your father." » 5/07/10 6:30am 5/07/10 6:30am

Does the Pill Really Affect Our Choice of Mate?

A new paper suggests that the hormonal changes that come with oral contraceptives affects which individuals both men and women are attracted to. But does the pill really have that much impact on how we choose our mates? » 10/07/09 3:50pm 10/07/09 3:50pm

Seven Dubious Methods of Avoiding Pregnancy in Science Fiction

In a universe stocked with sentient robots and faster than light travel, you'd hope that science would have mastered something as mundane as the human reproductive system, yet the fictive cosmos are littered with unplanned pregnancies, bastard children, and all manner of unpleasant critters bursting from one's… » 6/28/08 12:00pm 6/28/08 12:00pm