Everything You Need to Know About Birth Control (Even Things Your *Doctor* Might Not Know)

In a post-Roe world, it’s essential we take charge of our own reproductive health. Start here.

The cataclysmic Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has brought more healthcare-related questions and concerns from patients. Doctors and clinicians are reporting an increase in demand for different forms of contraception, including emergency contraception (like Plan B and Ella) and longer-lasting forms of birth control (like IUDs and birth control implants).

But across the country, contraception is at risk. Legislation defining life as beginning at fertilization has been proposed both at the national level and in at least eight statehouses around the U.S. This type of legislation might lead to hormonal contraception and IUDs being outlawed, since some lawmakers mistakenly believe they impair implantation and therefore are abortifacients.

In short: They already came for abortion. Now they’re coming after your contraception. Learn to take charge of your own reproductive healthcare and make decisions to protect your bodily autonomy. RSVP for the free event here, and join us on Aug. 23 at 11 a.m PT. / 2 p.m. ET.


The conversation features Dr. Sophia Yen, CEO and co-founder of Pandia Health, the only women-founded and women-led birth control delivery and telemedicine company. Yen is a board-certified expert in adolescent medicine with 20+ years of experience. She graduated from MIT, UCSF Medical School and UC Berkeley with a MPH in maternal child health. She serves as a clinical associate professor at Stanford Medical School in the department of pediatrics. She co-founded Pandia Health because she believes no one should suffer from “pill anxiety”—the fear of running out of birth control and the stress of having to obtain birth control each month. Her latest health campaign is to educate the public about #PeriodsOptional.

Yen’s talk will be moderated by Roxy Szal, digital editor at Ms. and a producer on the Ms. podcast “On the Issues With Michele Goodwin.”

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