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...

Emergency Contraception Emerges

Arguably one of the most important contraceptive advancements of the last 50 years was the development and marketing of dedicated products that can prevent pregnancy when taken shortly after unprotected sex—often called “morning-after pills,” but more appropriately referred to...

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, “...

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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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