Birth Control

Women's control of their own wombs the first step to health

Melinda Gates

In development, there are lots of statistics. Every once in a while, a number jumps out at you because it expresses a complicated truth in simple terms. Here's one that jumped out at me: 20 per cent. That's how much more likely it is that a child will survive when the family's budget is controlled by the mother.

Wednesday, 29 May, 2013, 6:16am

Malaysia condom maker mixes business and pleasure

A Karex worker checks randomly selected condoms for leakage.

The array of cheeky condoms on Goh Miah Kiat’s desk -- multi-coloured, textured and flavoured -- would make most business executives blush.

They come with grape and strawberry flavours, pleasure-boosting textures, barber pole-like striping, a “Baggy” model and its opposite, the missile-shaped “Powershot.”

22 Mar 2013 - 3:38pm

Ask the doctors

Most women would have very few untoward effects upon stopping birth control pills.

I've been taking birth control pills for almost seven years and decided to stop taking them as of my last cycle last week. What kind of changes should I be expecting?

5 Feb 2013 - 9:30am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

South Korean rapper Psy. Photo: Reuters

More than 130 Rohingya migrants have landed on Thai soil in less than 24 hours, a local official said, as the kingdom grapples with a flurry of arrivals from Myanmar's minority group.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Birth control law comes too late for Philippine mother of 22

Young mothers, who can now get  free birth control, inspect an intrauterine device at the Likhaan Centre for Women’s Health in Baseco, a massive slum in Manila. Photo: AFP

A historic birth control law that took effect in the Philippines Thursday after years of opposition from the Catholic Church came too late for Rosalie Cabenan, a housewife who has given birth 22 times.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:15pm 1 comment

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Deputy Foreign Minister Fu Ying

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17 Jan 2013 - 2:15am

Mainland parents still willing to exploit loopholes in one-child policy

One-child policy, two-child choice. Photo: Ricky Chung

How much are you willing to pay to have a second child with Hong Kong residency rights or American citizenship? That's the question Shenzhen authorities asked the city's residents when they introduced heavy fines this year for those who exploit loopholes in the mainland's one-child policy and give birth overseas.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:40am 3 comments

Briefs, January 4, 2013

Singer Patti Page. Photo: Reuters

Australia runs hot while India chills

4 Jan 2013 - 6:04am

Philippines seeks unity after birth-control law

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III. Photo: AP

President Benigno Aquino's government yesterday called for reconciliation after a "divisive" birth control act was signed into law despite bitter opposition from the influential Catholic Church.

Aquino signed the law on December 21 but his administration announced it yesterday because of the "sensitivity" of the issue, said deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:54am

The Philippines takes a stand for birth control

The Philippine Congress on December 18 approved a reproductive health bill that was strongly opposed by the Catholic Church. Photo: EPA

The needs of the Philippine people are many, including decent education, health care and jobs. But overpopulation helps keep them ensnared in a poverty trap. Family planning, contraception and sex education would improve their prospects of escaping it, not to mention the benefits to women's health amid an unacceptable rate of pregnancy-related deaths and life-threatening abortions.

28 Dec 2012 - 1:36am

Briefs, December 14, 2012

A Philippine health worker holding samples of contraceptives during a lecture to pregnant women on responsible family planning. Photo: AFP

The Philippines moved closer to a controversial birth control law as lawmakers passed a version of the bill after debating an issue that has polarised the largely Catholic nation. The bill paving the way for sex education in schools and the provision of free contraceptives in a country with one of Asia's fastest-growing populations was passed by the lower house of parliament, despite fierce opposition from the Catholic church.

14 Dec 2012 - 4:16am

How family planning and sex education has evolved

Susan Fan, executive director of the Family Planning Association. Photo: Jonathan Wong

When Peggy Lam Pei Yu-dja joined the Family Planning Association as its first full-time executive director in 1961, large broods were the norm, especially in poorer households. Many were refugees from the mainland who crowded into hilltop squatter settlements.

25 Nov 2012 - 11:17am

Sex therapist Marty Klein urges schools to discuss intercourse

Dr Marty Klein

Accurate knowledge about sex and an open dialogue on the topic promotes contraception use and stops young people experiencing intercourse too early, an American sex therapist and educator says.

18 Nov 2012 - 4:58am 1 comment

Briefs, October 28, 2012

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28 Oct 2012 - 3:27am

Church v state on population policy

The Philippines is the most populous Catholic country in Asia. China is the most populous country in the world. It's interesting to observe their diametrically opposed government policies on birth control.

19 Dec 2011 - 12:00am