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Study: Schools Teach Abstinence, Not Contraception

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 »

Dear Wendy: “Should I Quit My Job AGAIN For My Boyfriend?”

Per your advice, I read and considered the “8 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Move For Love,” which really helped put things in perspective and I decided to move for my relationship when I was financially ready. My biggest concern with moving was putting my education on hold — I’m in my last year and a half of college. My boyfriend encouraged me to apply to the state university in his area, but that could take another year for my application to be processed. I gave my two weeks notice at my high-paying job but started getting cold feet because I felt that I wasn’t achieving my goals. To make a long story short, my bf and I had a falling out days after I quit my job, and he broke up with me. I knew I had to beg to get my job back, but the management only asked that I commit to them at least until I finish school and I agreed. Well, this last weekend my boyfriend and I met up and had a great time, reminding me of why I wanted to make the move in the first place. He begged that I continue the relationship and relocate my life, but I feel so conflicted. He’s suggesting I leave a resignation letter the day of and never return, but that’s just not my style. Is it fair to quit my job twice within a week’s time? What would you do? — Conflicted About Moving

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Can I Get Pregnant If He Pulls Out?

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 »

What Is Ella, The Morning-After Pill That The FDA Just Approved?

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 »

New Trojan No One’s Pleasure Condoms Promise Ultra Dissastisfaction

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 »

10 Bizarro Birth Control Pill Facts

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 »

Birth Control Not Free As “Preventative Service” Under New Health Care Law

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 »

Today’s Lady News: “Bright Pill,” A Birth Control Pill For Men, In The Works

  • Israeli scientist Professor Haim Breitbart is hard at work on the “Bright Pill,” a birth control pill or injection which has proven to cause temporary sterility in mice. But don’t worry! It fades away and the mice are supposedly as virile as they were before. Prof. Breitbart hopes the male birth control will be on the market for human males within the next five years. [Israel21c]
  • Around-the-world-sailor Abby Sunderland, 16, who was recently rescued in the Indian Ocean, is back home in Thousand Oaks, California, and defending herself against critics who say she was too young to sail. “I sailed 12,000 miles by myself, crossed two oceans and sailed around Cape Horn,” Sunderland says. “Questions of my age should have been over a long time ago.” [People]
  • Irresponsible headline of the day: “Brooks man shot wife over nagging.” Do they also run headlines like this: “Man punches wife in the eye because she burns dinner”? [Bangor Daily News]

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Girl Talk: A Guy Found My Nuva Ring … Inside Of Me

I had tried all different kinds of birth control pills to help control my period pains over the course of three years, but nothing worked. There was still no relief from terrible cramps and heavy blood flow. My doctor suggested I try the NuvaRing, the once-a-month birth control device that is inserted into your vagina and secretes hormones for three weeks. Supposedly, the NuvaRing sits far enough inside of you that a man shouldn’t feel it or find it, but I can report that isn’t always the case. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Study Says Obese Women Have Less Sex, More Unwanted Pregnancies

  • Obese women with a body mass index over 30 have less sex and more unwanted pregnancies, according to a new study in the British Medical Journal. Obese women are less likely to use oral contraceptives like birth control pills and more likely to use the “pullout method” … and, hence, get preggo. [CBSnews]
  • Uh-oh. The FDA is not so sure about flibanserin, the “female Viagra,” anymore. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Our friends at Jezebel.com gathered 27 menstruation scenes from movies. An awesome or eww tribute to menarche? [Jezebel]

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