Fertility and pregnancy

Contraception 50 years later: disillusion and anti-love

December 19, 1967 marked the date when France adopted a new law on contraception. Although access to contraception has become widespread, the new generation of women is starting to voice complaints of having their bodies over-medicated, while unwanted side effects...

Contraception, sterilization: women fighting for health issues

On Monday, September 18, 2017, the Bayer laboratory announced that it will stop selling its sterilization implant Essure® in Europe. The controversy surrounding the device has lasted several months, following lawsuits filed by numerous women claiming the implant...

Over-the-Counter Access for Birth Control Pills: What’s the Rush?

On April 17, 2017, a French group called « Libérez ma pilule” : (Free the Pill) published an open letter addressed to pharmaceutical labs, the French Health Products Safety Agency and the European Medical Agency (EMA), to request OTC (over-the counter) marketing of...

« Essure® »: Controversial Female Sterilization Device

“Essure” is a small metallic coil-shaped birth control device which is permanently inserted into each fallopian tube. The resulting inflammation and scar tissue build-up thus creates a barrier, which theoretically provides permanent female sterilization. Numerous...

French Mothers having Babies much later in life

France’s national statistics agency INSEE has just published a report showing that the average age of a first-time mother in France in 2015 was 28.5 years old, thus approximately 4 ½ years later than in 1974, when the average age was 24 years-old. The biggest...

Demographic results: the end of the French exception?

The trend reversal observed for demographics in 2015 continued in 2016, tallying even lower birth rates in 2016 (with only 785,000 births, meaning a decrease by 14,000). The average fertility rate continues to drop to 1.93 children per woman (compared to 1.96 in 2015,...
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