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Tuesday 5 December 2023 Dublin: 4°C

# The Pill

Last month
November 2023
150,000 women aged 17 to 26 have accessed free contraception scheme this year
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said he is “delighted to see such high uptake” among young women.
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Donnelly: Free contraception scheme for women aged 17-25 will begin in August 2022
The scheme will cost between €18m to €22m.
Donnelly says free contraception for 17-25 year olds 'is just the start'
The health minister said the roll out of such a measure would’ve been ‘unthinkable to do in the past’.
'Over 25s have sex': Criticism of decision to limit free contraception scheme to young women
The roll out of free contraception to women aged between 17 and 25 was announced today.
Free contraception to be made available for young women
Two GP appointments per year relating to contraception will also be free.
There’s been a major breakthrough in the male contraceptive pill and thank Christ for that
The future is here.
Working group to investigate how to roll out free contraception for Irish women
People with outside expertise will sit on the new group, with a chairperson to be appointed shortly.
You don't have to take a 7 day break on the contraceptive pill to appease the Pope anymore
Research shows the break provides no health benefit.
Giving women free access to the pill will require a change in the law
As part of this year’s budget talks, the minister plans to increase the availability of free condoms.
Minister on bishop's comments: 'Contraception is fact of life now for women'
Mary Mitchell O’Conner said she agreed with the health minister that religion should not determine health and social policy in Ireland.
Government considering the roll-out of free contraception
Minister Harris said work to consider the costs and other implications is continuing within his department.
Women everywhere are rolling their eyes at this deeply dumb stat about men and the pill
Turns out 52% of men need a refresher course in sex ed.
Taking the pill won't curb sex drive says a new study
Science on the issue is still mixed.
Contraception pill reduces risk of developing womb cancer
About 300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with womb cancer each year.
These guys are crowdfunding the answer to the male contraceptive pill
Does this mean we’ve reached peak crowdfunding?
Column: What you don’t know about emergency contraception (and why it might hurt you)
Revelations that emergency contraceptives were bring sold without a warning that their effectiveness could be compromised in women of a certain weight underlines the lack of holistic education about contraception and sexual health, writes Alison Begas.
Polanski blames the Pill for 'masculinising' women
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival, the filmmaker said he thought feminism and advances in contraception had blurred the distinctions between the sexes.
Poll: Should contraception be free?
Research has found that people are having difficulty meeting the costs of contraception. Should Ireland follow the lead of other countries and make all contraception available free of charge?
Increase in women seeking post-abortion care from IFPA
The group released its annual report from last year today.
Young people in Ireland using contraception more consistently
Ireland’s younger people are also better educated about sex.