Country music, Chick-fil-A, and teen pregnancy: three things that can be found anywhere in America but are heavily concentrated in the South. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released reports last week which show the top 10 states with the highest rate of pregnant teens in 2008 sweep across the Bible belt: Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas (along with New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada, which are more in the Southwest). Obviously, geographic location alone doesn’t make someone eligible for “16 & Pregnant.” Experts say the same states full of pregnant teens are the ones in which “sex education” teaches abstinence as the only form of birth control. Keep reading »
Teens learn about the birds and the bees in high school sex ed — but they’re not, apparently, learning about birth control. A report from the Centers for Disease Control found that 97 percent of teens received sex education by the time they turned 18, but an alarming 30 percent of teens said that contraception education wasn’t a part of their sex ed curriculum. Keep reading »
Will a doctor be straight with me — does pulling out work?
First, let’s be clear about what you’re trying to prevent here. If you’re looking to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI), then stick to a condom (and keep it on the whole time), because pulling out is NOT going to provide protection against infection. If you’re just looking to prevent pregnancy, then you’ll be happy to know that withdrawal method (pulling out) is a potentially viable alternative if other contraceptives don’t seem to be ideal for you. Read more … Keep reading »
Woot, woot! On Friday afternoon, the FDA approved ella, a new emergency contraceptive that can be taken five days after unprotected sex, for prescription-only sales. If the condom breaks, you are a victim of sexual assault, or any number of numerous situations where you’re doing the “No babies! No babies!” dance, you now have more morning-after pill options than ever before.
What do you need to know about ella — and Plan B, the existing emergency contraception? All the deets are after the jump. Keep reading »
Great! It’s the condom brand we’ve all been waiting for. Trojan has created a totally new condom, No One’s Pleasure, for those couples who are so not into intimacy. Designed for “ultra dissatisfaction,” these latex raincoats are perfect for men and women who want to maintain distance and discomfort. According to the box, these prophylactics “reduce the risk of intimate, fulfilling relationships.” Perfect! That they are “extra gritty.” Not so much. Choose from three styles: Frigid Touch, Extremely Oversensitive, and Ultra-Chafe: Super Dry. Ouch. [The Onion] Keep reading »
2010 is a big year, because it is the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill. Who can remember life without it? But did you know that the pill was originally only available to married women? Or that taking Nyquil can make the pill less effective? After the jump, some other fascinating pill facts. Keep reading »
Yesterday the White House announced which preventative services will be free under President Obama’s health care reform and birth control did not make the cut. Uh, isn’t getting birth control the very definition of a preventative service? Like, preventing a baby? Apparently not. Keep reading »