Why Don’t Male Birth Control Pills Exist?

The burden of birth control falls primarily on women. Pills patches, rings, implants — nearly all the contraception inventions of the past half century have been for the female body. Some would say that it’s because women experience almost all of the impacts (physical, financial, logistical) of an unplanned pregnancy. Why don’t guys have options … Read more

Birth control and your period

It’s pretty common for hormonal birth control (pill, ring, patch, shot, implant, and hormonal IUD) and a non-hormonal IUD to affect your period. Depending on your birth control choice, your period could get lighter or heavier, come more or less often, or go away altogether. While these types of changes to your period might be … Read more

A Primer on Reproductive Justice for Pharmacy Professionals – Birth Control Pharmacist

What is reproductive justice? Reproductive justice is “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities” as defined by SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective [1]. Reproductive justice exists in a trinity of frameworks also consisting of reproductive health … Read more

A new drug update – Birth Control Pharmacist

A new combined oral contraceptive was approved by the FDA (Nextstellis®) in April 2021.1 Nextstellis contains estetrol, an estrogen that can be manufactured from plants and that was originally derived naturally during pregnancy from the fetus liver, and drospirenone, a progestin found in other currently available contraceptives. Drospirenone has antiandrogenic and anti-mineralocorticoid activity.2 Estetrol differs … Read more