Class Warfare

By the late ’90s, the debate over whether U.S. public schools should provide sex education classes was over: In every region of the country, more than 90% of the public supported sex ed. But the battle over specific content—especially regarding contraception—raged on. In 1998, as the federal...

LARCs Come of Age

It has been a long and occasionally bumpy road for long-acting reversible contraceptives—IUDs and subdermal implants. But as new versions of these highly effective methods have entered the contraceptive marketplace over the last couple of decades, their use has been increasing in the U.S. In...

Prophylactic Predilections

In the early 1990s, promoting condom use was the most potent weapon in policymakers’ anti-HIV arsenal. However, efforts to encourage prophylactic use were hampered by the dearth of publicly available data on men’s preferences. For those who lacked access to condom manufacturers’ internal...

The Decline—and Resurgence—of the IUD

Thirty years ago, the fate of the IUD seemed increasingly in doubt, at least in the United States. In 1973, nearly one in 10 married contraceptive users in the United States had an IUD; by 1988, only one in 50 had one. This precipitous decline in the method’s popularity, along with other...

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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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