Subscribe

pill

on

The instances in which a popular weight loss drug, orlistat, has been associated with liver damage may be rare, but said damage can also be severe. That would be Alli, as in "my Alli." Not so much, apparently.

on

Did you know that there's a condition called "hypoactive sexual desire disorder," from which many women suffer? Well, there is, or at least a bunch of scientists have decided there is, and sadly, about 10 percent of premenopausal women grapple with it. Luckily, if unsurprisingly, there might be a pill in the works for just this issue.

on

The government agency will weigh whether to let the drug (Plan B) be sold over the counter -- a move that conservative forces, inside the government and out, have long objected to as part of their proxy battle on abortion. This may be happening only because two senators have been blocking the appointment of the FDA's new head until the agency makes a decision on the drug.

on

On May 9, 1960, the FDA approved Enovid, the first birth control pill, for clinical use Many court cases, a sexual revolution and a fundamentalist backlash later, use of and access to contraceptives is still very much a hot-button issue in the US Read a roundup of information and opinion relating to the release of an explosive report last week connecting a spike in unwanted pregnancies among the poor to decreased contraceptive use (h/t: Feministing)

  • REPORT: A Tale of Two Americas for Women: The Contraception-Abortion Connection press release | PDF (Guttmacher Institute)
  • Timeline: The Pill (PBS)
  • .

    Personalize your Truthdig experience. Choose authors to follow, bookmark your favorite articles and more.
    Your Truthdig, your way. Access your favorite authors, articles and more.
    or
    or

    A password will be e-mailed to you.

    Statements and opinions expressed in articles and comments are those of the authors, not Truthdig. Truthdig takes no responsibility for such statements or opinions.