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With the start of 2018, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health reaches a major milestone: the beginning of its 50th year of publication. [email protected] celebrates this anniversary by revisiting and, well, putting in perspective archival materials that the journal’s editors consider highlights of its history.

Measuring Contraceptive Failure

One of the most vexing problems for practitioners and policymakers concerned with family planning, not to mention for women and men trying to make the best choices for their reproductive lives, is contraceptive failure—the occurrence of pregnancy among couples who are trying not ...

Thoroughly Modern Contraception

The rate of unwanted childbearing dropped precipitously during the 1960s despite little change in the overall level of contraceptive use. How to explain this? Apparently by a shift in types of methods used, or what Charles F. Westoff called, in 1972, “...

March in [email protected]

Contraceptive decisions are among the most personal, and the most consequential, ones that many people make, and the array of factors that need to be weighed can be dizzying. Data can help: Potential users—and their health care providers—need to know about methods’...

Back to the Future of U.S. Family Planning Services

“An essential skill that people in the family planning field have acquired over the years is the ability to survive in an atmosphere of controversy. And now, more than ever, family planning advocates must assert their leadership in articulating the demand for desperately needed services....


Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Family Planning Perspectives may be accessed through Wiley Online Library (2003–) and JSTOR (1969–2011).

Cover illustrations of Margaret Sanger © Matthew and Eve Levine

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