Since the oral contraceptive pill was first introduced, hundreds of millions of women across the world have used it at some point in their lives. Photograph: Getty Images

In 2016, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism reported that a study into a male contraceptive injection was halted after participant(...)

Dr Caitriona Henchion, Irish Family Planning Association medical director: ‘Most important is the referral pathway.’ File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) is to start providing abortion services from January 7th – but only if the proper supports are in place. (...)

GPs and specialist family planning services are concerned that routing a free contraceptive scheme via pharmacies would limit women’s contraceptive choices and risk side-lining some of the most effective methods available, such as hormonal implants or the coil. Photograph: iStock

The Minister for Health’s proposals to introduce a free contraception scheme after the abortion referendum is positive news for everyone. Internationa(...)

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran in Dublin with Maura Leahy, IFPA director of counselling. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

The head of the inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar in 2012 has supported a Yes vote in the referendum on the Eighth Amendment “for the sake(...)

ActionAid ran a pilot programme in Cork to raise awareness and to change mindsets about FGM. Pictured is a similar, recent programme in Milan, Italy

When women become defensive about use of the word “mutilation” in the term female genital mutilation, preferring to call it “modification” or “cutting(...)

A cervical cancer cell. Almost 300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year and up to 90 die from it.

One in four women over the age of 45 is not up to date with her cervical screening test, the head of the national cervical cancer screening service ha(...)

The Oireachtas committee examining the Eighth Amendment has heard how “disingenuous” agencies are spending vast amounts of money to outbid the State-funded organisations.  Photograph: Paul Mezzer/FRF/Getty

The HSE has said it is in a “constant battle” to counter information from rogue pregnancy agencies targeting women in crisis pregnancies. The Oireach(...)

Photograph: iStock

Organisations are masking as crisis pregnancy counselling services and influencing women to make choices they may not want, a Health Service Executive(...)

Women of all reproductive ages in Ireland experience pregnancies that are unplanned, unwanted or represent a crisis to them, says IFPA

A third of adults are using or have used the “withdrawal method” to avoid pregnancy, according to a survey carried out for the Irish Family Planning A(...)

A regular, happy sex life can benefit our physical, mental, emotional and social wellbeing, improving health and prolonging life

With more middle-aged people dating, or starting new relationships than ever before, are we taking enough care and consideration of our sexual health?(...)

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