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Contraception Made Easy: A Chat With


Today we talk contraception with, a website working to share information about contraceptive methods.

20 / 03 / 2019

What Can I Eat And Drink During An Abortion With Pills?


When having an abortion with pills, it is important to eat and drink in ways that support your body.

14 / 03 / 2019

Women's Day: #BalanceForBetter Includes Health Care


On International Women’s Day, we are calling for a #BalanceForBetter. This includes fighting the gender bias in health care.

07 / 03 / 2019

National Women's Day In The Philippines: Vision Vs. Reality


The Philippines celebrates National Women’s Month in March. But is the vision of equality reflected in the country reality?

28 / 02 / 2019

To Be Or Not To Be: Abortion In Zambia


Abortion in Zambia is legal and Medabon (a combination of the abortion pills) is available. But for many, abortion is still hard to access.

21 / 02 / 2019

Is A Pregnancy Termination With Pills Safe?


Is a pregnancy termination with pills safe? Is an abortion with pills effective? Can you use mifepristone and misoprostol at home? Read on.

14 / 02 / 2019

Birth Control Pills, Emergency Contraception Pills, and Abortion Pills: Oh My!


How do you use birth control pills? What are emergency contraception pills? How are those different from abortion pills? Let’s explain.

07 / 02 / 2019

Bollywood and Abortion - We Need To Talk


A worthy re-share from feminism in India. An insight on the conversation around abortion through the lens of 6 Bollywood movies.

31 / 01 / 2019

Understanding Conception: Detect Early Pregnancy And Decide


Understanding conception is important for women to detect early pregnancy and decide what to do next.

24 / 01 / 2019

Pakistan's Abortion Law And Human Rights Concerns


Greenstar explains the abortion situation in Pakistan, which raises serious public health and human rights concerns.

17 / 01 / 2019

#trustwomen: Remembering The Women Of Northern Ireland


How will the government of Northern Ireland fulfill its duty to protect access to safe abortion? Alliance For Choice tells us how, and why activism remains so important.

10 / 01 / 2019

A Letter of Gratitude: Abortion In 2018 Milestones and Accomplishments


HowToUse closes out this year by reflecting on abortion in 2018, including highlights, accomplishments, and milestones.

20 / 12 / 2018

Three Misconceptions On How To Avoid Pregnancy


The holidays are here, so let’s talk sex. We debunk three common misconceptions on how to avoid pregnancy.

13 / 12 / 2018

Fighting Gender-Based Violence: The Many Forms of Activism

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Activism to fight gender-based violence can take many different forms. Whether it’s through protest or art, your activist should fit you. HowToUse and safe2choose break it down.

06 / 12 / 2018

Criminalizing Abortion Is Violence Against Women


Let’s be clear: criminalization and stigmatization of abortion is a form of violence against women and girls. #16DaysOfAbortionActivism 

29 / 11 / 2018

Marie Stopes Kenya Banned From Providing Abortion Care


Marie Stopes Kenya has been banned from providing abortion care. Unsafe abortion is a leading cause of maternal mortality in the country. 

22 / 11 / 2018

A Guide To Safe Abortion At Home


An abortion at home can be a safe, private, and preferred option for many women. Read our guide to make sure you’re fully informed.

15 / 11 / 2018

Mifepristone and Misoprostol or Misoprostol only? A step-by-step comparison.


What is the difference between mifepristone and misoprostol? Learn more about the abortion pills in a step-by-step comparison.

08 / 11 / 2018

Where To Buy Abortion Pills Safely


Medical abortion is safe, but it can be hard to know where to buy trusted abortion pills. We share our resources.

01 / 11 / 2018

Misoprostol Uses: From Gastric Ulcers To Safe Abortion


From gastric ulcers to medical abortion, misoprostol has an interesting history that has led to its many uses today.

25 / 10 / 2018

Mail Order Abortion Pills Now Available In The United States


Abortion pills are available to order in the United States through mail, thanks to the new online service Aid Access.

19 / 10 / 2018

Early Signs Of Pregnancy And Early Abortion: What To Know


What are early signs of pregnancy? And what if you don’t want to be pregnant? We discuss safe abortion for early pregnancy.

18 / 10 / 2018

What Are The Side Effects Of Mifepristone and Misoprostol?


We review the side effects of mifepristone and misoprostol, the two drugs used in safe medical abortion.

11 / 10 / 2018

How Much Do Abortion Pills Cost?


We discuss the cost of abortion pills from around the world, including pills from our international provider partners.

04 / 10 / 2018

A List Of Resources For Safe Medical Abortion Support


A list of resources for safe medical abortion support, including information about mifepristone and misoprostol.

27 / 09 / 2018

Break The Silence: Sharing Abortion Stories Online


A short list of trusted, well-curated websites that share real abortion stories to help fight stigma and break silence.

20 / 09 / 2018

A Love Letter To The 25% (Of Women Who Have Had An Abortion)


This September 28th is International Safe Abortion Day and we have just written a love letter to the 25% of women in the world who have had an abortion. We stand with you!

13 / 09 / 2018

Access To Safe Abortion Information Is A Fundamental Human Right


The right to safe abortion information is critical for informed decision-making, is instrumental to the realization of women’s empowerment and is vital to the promotion of equality.

06 / 09 / 2018

6 Important Things To Know Before Having A Medical Abortion


Do you have HIV or anemia? Maybe you are using a IUD? We cover 6 important things that women need to know before having a medical abortion.

23 / 08 / 2018

How To Calculate The Gestational Length Of A Pregnancy


How far along is your pregnancy? Follow our guide as a pregnancy calculator and calculate an accurate gestational length.

16 / 08 / 2018

A Setback For Women’s Health In Argentina, But Safe Abortion Resources Remain


Argentina’s Senate voted to reject a bill that would have legalized abortion. But women in Argentina still have safe abortion options.

09 / 08 / 2018

Argentina's Approaching Vote On Abortion


On August 8th, Senators in Argentina will vote on a bill that would legalize elective abortion up to 14 weeks. #AbortoSeraLey

02 / 08 / 2018

Online Counseling For Safe Medical Abortion


Safe2choose has decided to focus on expanding their online medical abortion counseling platform.

26 / 07 / 2018

5 Dos And Don'ts Of A Safe Abortion With Pills


Is medical abortion safe? How does it work? Where do I start? We review the top 5 dos and don’ts of a safe abortion with pills.

19 / 07 / 2018

What’s a Full-Spectrum Doula? Introducing The Doula Project


The Doula Project is a New York-based organization providing free support to people across the pregnancy spectrum, including abortion care.

12 / 07 / 2018

Spotlight: Argentina


The Senate in Argentina will vote on a bill to legalize abortion up to 14 weeks. Today we discuss the history of abortion in Argentina.

05 / 07 / 2018

Training Medical Students To Provide Medical Abortion: An Interview With Dr. Srinivasan


We interview a sexual health consultant about the importance of our new online medical abortion course designed for medical students.

28 / 06 / 2018

New Release: An Online Medical Abortion Course For Medical Students


HowToUse will release a new online medical abortion course designed specifically for medical students. All content is aligned with standards of practice established by the World Health Organization. 

21 / 06 / 2018

One Step Closer: Abortion Reform Bill Moves Forward In Argentina


Lawmakers in Argentina passed a bill to legalize elective abortion up to 14 weeks. The bill now moves to the Senate. One Step Closer to Legalize Abortion in Argentina!

14 / 06 / 2018

Debunking Myths: 5 Common Misconceptions About Abortion


Anti-choice advocates perpetuate inaccurate information about safe medical abortion. Join us as we bust their common abortion myths.

07 / 06 / 2018

14 Posts That Capture The Magic Of #HomeToVote


#HomeToVote went viral in the days leading up the Irish Referendum. Now that voters have repealed the eighth, we look back on the movement.

31 / 05 / 2018

A DIY Medical Abortion Care Kit

Preparing a medical abortion care kit ahead of time can help reduce anxiety and increase comfort and confidence

24 / 05 / 2018

Answers To The Most Common Questions About Medical Abortion: Part 3

The last installment in our series designed to provide answers to the most common questions about medical abortion.

17 / 05 / 2018

Answers To The Most Common Questions About Medical Abortion: Part 2

We answer two common medical abortion questions: how to have an abortion with pills and what else can I use besides mifepristone or misoprostol?

10 / 05 / 2018

Answers To The Most Common Questions About Medical Abortion: Part 1

Complete answers to the most common questions about safe medical abortion, or abortion with pills, from HowToUse.

03 / 05 / 2018

Back To Basics: Understanding Medical Abortion

What is medical abortion? How does an abortion with pills work? All women deserve to understand the basics of medical abortion.

26 / 04 / 2018

Legalizing Abortion Is Not Enough To Ensure Access: A Case Study of Mozambique

Ensuring safe abortion access to women involves more than just legislation, as Mozambique shows us.

19 / 04 / 2018

A Letter To Pro-Life Advocates

There are issues that pro-life and pro-choice advocates can agree on, but pro-life strategies will need to change.

12 / 04 / 2018

The Best Hashtag For World Health Day 2018

Abortion services are part of comprehensive women’s health care. On World Health Day, there is no #HealthForAll without choice for women.

07 / 04 / 2018

An Interview With An Abortion Clinic Escort

Abortion clinic escorts help women find their clinic, shelter women from protesters, and ensure women feel supported during an appointment.

05 / 04 / 2018

The Maputo Protocol Has Been Gazetted: A Win for Safe Abortion Advocates in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo has gazetted the Maputo Protocol into law, recognizing medical abortion as a woman’s right

29 / 03 / 2018

Abortion In Iran: Why Iranian Users Seek Out HowToUse

Abortion in Iran is restricted. Nevertheless, Iran is one of the leading countries to seek safe abortion information on HowToUse.

22 / 03 / 2018

Despite Legalization, High Rates Of Unsafe Abortion In India

Even though India legalized abortion in 1971, the country still faces high rates of unsafe abortion

15 / 03 / 2018

A Letter Of Gratitude To Abortion Providers Around The World

On International Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, HowToUse would like to thank abortion providers around the world for their work

10 / 03 / 2018

Celebrating Women. Equipping Providers. Why HowToUse Is Embracing New Strategies In Its Fight For Body Autonomy.

HowToUse is celebrating International Women’s Day by sharing a new online medical abortion course for health care providers

08 / 03 / 2018

Online Medical Abortion Course By HowToUse: Why Focusing On Pharmacists Is Critical

Pharmacists are often the first contact for women seeking abortion pills. HowToUse’s new online medical abortion course will support them.

01 / 03 / 2018

Why Tanzania Needs Abortion Reform Now

Abortion is common in Tanzania despite the country’s strict abortion laws. Reliable information and safe options, however, are hard to come by.

22 / 02 / 2018

Rebeca Mendes Silva Leite and the Fight for Women’s Abortion Rights in Brazil

Rebeca Mendes Silva Leite challenged Brazil’s abortion ban in court. Though she lost, she sparked a cry for women's abortion rights in Brazil.

15 / 02 / 2018

Abortion In The Philippines: Behind The Country’s High Rates of Maternal Mortality

The Philippines has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the world. It also has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality.

08 / 02 / 2018

Allegations of Sexual Assault At Kenyatta National Hospital

Allegations of rape and sexual assault at Kenyatta National Hospital have surfaced on social media. Kenyans marched in protest last week.

01 / 02 / 2018

The Abortion Muzzle: Dangers of Censoring Safe Abortion Advocates

Censoring safe abortion advocates is dangerous to women's health, safety, and wellbeing.

25 / 01 / 2018

Marion Stevens and the Fight for Reproductive Health Services in South Africa

Marion Stevens is a South African activist fighting for women’s reproductive rights and access to safe abortion in her country.

18 / 01 / 2018

Safe Abortion in Eastern Africa: A Snapshot Of Uganda

HowToUse has been on a mission to generate awareness about safe abortion in Eastern Africa. Of all the countries where they work, Uganda has proven to be particularly complex.

11 / 01 / 2018

New Year’s Resolutions for Safe Abortion Supporters

Five New Years Resolutions for Safe Abortion Supporters to follow in 2018. With the close of 2017, we begin to reflect on the things in our lives that we want to change and improve for a better 2018. At HowToUse, we are proud of our accomplishments this year.

04 / 01 / 2018

Despite Anti-Choice Rhetoric, Public Opinion shows High Support for Abortion

As loud as anti-choice activists may be, they represent only a small fraction of public opinion, If you follow abortion in the news, chances are you’ve heard stories of anti-choice protestors blocking entrances to abortion clinics or politicians passing measures that restrict access to reproductive health services.

28 / 12 / 2017

Using comedy to talk about abortion: Meet the Lady Parts Justice League

An organization called the Lady Parts Justice League is taking a different approach by using comedy to talk about abortion.

21 / 12 / 2017

Honoring the Experience, Holding Space: An Interview with an Abortion Doula

Abortion doulas provide access to services, information, and support for women who choose to terminate their pregnancies.

14 / 12 / 2017

Banning Pregnant Girls From School In Tanzania

Global attentions turned to Tanzania President Magufuli, when he claimed teenage mothers should not be allowed to go back to school.

07 / 12 / 2017

Telemedicine helps women obtain safe medical abortions

For many people living in rural communities or developing countries, access to health services is extremely limited.

30 / 11 / 2017

A summary of the Jackson Tali case and the need for women to have access to safe abortion options in Tanzania

In October 2017, the Court of Appeal of Kenya ruled in a landmark case on the conviction of a registered nurse, Jackson Namunya Tali.

23 / 11 / 2017

Why abortion allies are key to supporting women’s reproductive freedom and improving women’s health

HowToUse believes that all of society benefits when women have the freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions. And research backs this belief up.

16 / 11 / 2017

Desperate or Determined? The Myth Surrounding Women Who Choose To Abort

When asked to describe the type of woman who seeks out an abortion, many people will describe the image of a terrified, desperate teenager. Or perhaps they envision a young, single, unemployed woman with no support or resources to raise a child. Though both of these narratives are valid, statistics and anecdotes from the reproductive health field tell a vastly different story.

07 / 11 / 2017

Why Women Need Information about How To Use the Abortion Pill

Since the introduction of misoprostol and mifepristone, the two pills involved in a safe medical abortion, women have greater choices than ever when it comes to when, how, and where to end their unplanned pregnancies.

31 / 10 / 2017