Hormonal Contraception

Break down barriers to contraception

Public health and development experts agree: contraception is one of the most effective investments a country can make to protect the health of mothers and babies and to enable women's full participation in economic development.

Monday, 2 August, 2010, 12:00am

Sweetening the pill

The health chief said a new health-care-financing model will be proposed next year. What hopes should we have for this fresh initiative, given that it is now the seventh option to be put forward? Write to us.

11 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A period of change

A birth-control pill that enables women to be period-free is set to hit Hong Kong pharmacies. Lybrel, made by Wyeth, was approved last month by the US Food and Drug Administration. Doctors expect it to arrive in Hong Kong in the near future.

11 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A bitter pill to swallow

Anthony Wu Ting-yuk often drops in unannounced at hospitals to talk to patients and staff, but on one recent visit to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital he was in for quite a shock.

8 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Women addicts fuel abortion fears

A support group survey has prompted concern that some believe drug habits act as a contraceptive

A help group that surveyed substance-abusing women is worried that some believe their drug habit will prevent pregnancy.

23 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Taking the fright out of the night before

Emergency contraceptive may be easier to get after study finds it is not abused

Hong Kong is taking the first step towards making morning-after pills more widely available, after a study showed women can be relied on not to abuse the emergency contraceptives if they are given them in advance.

4 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

83pc of women seek motherhood - but on their terms

Motherhood is an ambition for eight out of 10 young Hong Kong women - but in their own good time.

While 83 per cent of respondents to a survey said they wanted to be mothers, 73 per cent said they were not ready now, but more than half said they had plans to give birth in the next five years.

21 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

A new era in birth control - the patch

Touted as simpler and more convenient than the pill, the EVRA emits medication for a full week

The contraceptive patch, touted to be just as effective but simpler and more convenient to use than the birth control pill, has arrived in Hong Kong.

5 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Slimming pill alert

More than 100 women have been advised to seek specialist treatment after taking mainland-produced slimming pills found to contain fenfluramine, a drug linked to heart disease and banned in Hong Kong. The Health Department asked people who might have taken the Seven Days Seven Fairy Maidens Forever-Youth Immunity Capsule to come forward.

3 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Copywriters at a loss for words for birth control ad

An advertising campaign to publicise a new government-approved emergency contraceptive has been delayed because copywriters are at a loss to find the Hindi equivalent of English expressions like 'morning-after' or, more importantly, 'emergency contraceptive'.

2 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Women referred to clinics over diet pills

Four women who took a slimming pill that is sold on the mainland and contains a drug linked to heart disease have been referred by the Health Department to the Hospital Authority's outpatient clinics for check-ups.

A department spokesman yesterday said the women were among 20 people - one male and 19 female, aged 22 to 41 - to phone in claiming they had taken the pills.

24 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Abortion pill good news for our beleaguered planet

I understand that the pill allowing women to terminate a pregnancy in the first nine weeks after conception may soon be available in Hong Kong.

This is something that should be welcomed.

Thanks to national organisations in the US such as Zero Population Growth, this pill, known as Mifepriston, or RU486, was approved for sale in the US in September.

24 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Pill overdose

A Chinese University student is in hospital after taking pills in the university's Sha Tin quarters. Police said the 25-year-old student consumed several pills of an unknown type when he and his girlfriend, 20, had an argument.

3 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Women should consult their doctors

I refer to J. Wilson's letter headlined, 'Still puzzled' (South China Morning Post, August 15).

5 Sep 2000 - 12:00am

Male pill extends options for couples

I refer to the letter from J. Wilson headlined, 'Pill puzzler'(South China Morning Post, July 31).

7 Aug 2000 - 12:00am