KOREAN condoms, preferred by the World Health Organisation over the Indian Nirodh, have turned out to be too big to be of any use in the country. The Korean condoms, larger by 3 cm and wider by 1 cm

MEDICAL research aims at producing technologies for the human good. But in pursuit of this objective, should we allow medical research to violate basic human rights? The violence of a male-dominated

STUDIES suggest that countries can reduce birth rates significantly, without waiting for development to make an impact, by promoting modern contraceptive methods. Birth rates are falling in

THE CHINESE health ministry has proposed a law requiring people with diseases that lead to birth defects or mental retardation to postpone marriage or undergo "long-term contraceptive measures after

The latest in the array of contraceptives are vaccines against reproductive hormones.

The development of birth control methods that use the body's immune system may be more convenient than condoms and pills. But several groups warn against the unknown dangers of such methods.

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that do not help in the government's family planning programmes may get debarred from receiving government funds. Since the beginning of October, the government

The Indian government and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) are trapped in a cleft stick because of five million defective copper-T contraceptives given by UNFPA to

THE ABORTION pill RU486 developed by French drug company Roussel-Uclaf may be available soon in the US market, following meetings between Rous-sel-Uclaf president Edouard Sakiz and US food

The concept of family planning control dates back to the ancient Greeks. Though many scientific advances have been made in the field since then, a solution to the global population crisis is still not in sight.