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The Nookie Know-It-All: Low Tide For The Crimson Wave

“I’ve heard about the various birth control pills that you can take to go without your period for a few months and longer. Are they really safe and recommended?” — Banning Aunt Flo, via email

Have you seen that SNL skit (clip after the jump!), where the women are going ape sh*t because they haven’t had their period in months? I have, and I have to say it scared that crap out of me. Keep reading »

Women Top “Best Idea” Charts

The Campaign for Museums and the 24 Hour Museum recently held a survey to commemorate Museums and Galleries Month. They asked a variety of people about the greatest and worst innovations and ideas of all time. While the wheel took the top spot, with the internet close behind, equal rights for women and the pill cracked the top five. Plus, two famous feminists, Mary Wollstonecraft and Emmeline Pankhurst, also were recognized as “People in History Responsible For the Best Ideas.” Hooray! We modern women sure have accomplished a lot — from the right to vote to the right to orgasm. Speaking of which, it’s National Masturbation Month, so be sure to congratulate yourself for all you’ve achieved! [Metro UK]

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Tony Blair’s Wife Tells All

Accidents happen, even to good Catholics like the former-Prime Minister of the U.K.’s wife Cherie Blair. Her hubby isn’t the only one getting political — in interviews and in her book, the longtime birth control advocate pushes for the Church to embrace contraception. But that’s not the only thing she’s been pushing… In her gossipy new autobiography, Speaking For Myself, she openly talks about her happy accident — their third child, Leo, who was the result of forgetting to pack birth control on a vacation. Whoopsies! She also reveals that she slept with Mr. Blair on their first date. Salacious! (And yet totally relatable.) While her critics are screaming TMI from her tell-all, we’d like to applaud her for telling it like it is and standing up for something millions of women depend on! [Daily Mail] Keep reading »

Poll: Preventing Pregnancy Should Not Be A Game Of Russion Roulette

Half of the American women who get pregnant each year hadn’t planned on it. Mostly, they either fail to use their contraceptive properly or forget to use it at all. Researchers at the Guttmacher Institute in New York say women who are the least motivated to avoid pregnancy are less likely to use birth control pills, or any contraceptive method, on a consistent method. Basically, they’re tempting fate. And many other women aren’t satisfied with their current method of contraception, so they forget to take their pills every day or keep condoms handy.
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Birth Control Makes You Sterile And Other Lies!

At first glance, Pam Stenzel seems like a pretty good sex educator. As Feministing pointed out, she’s got the cool, hip aunt vibe down pat, making her seem approachable to the average kid curious about sex and protection. Too bad she manages to slip in all sort of scary lies into her lectures, like the fact that “no one has ever had more than one partner and not paid”, girls develop anorexia and bulimia “because of an abortion they couldn’t take back”, and that birth control pills and shots make her “ten times more likely to contract a disease than if she were not taken those drugs, sterile, or dead.” We’re frightened for the audience of teens sitting in front of her, in rapt attention. [Feministing]

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Poll: How Do You Keep The Babies Away?

Every month, when my period arrives at 9am on the dot on (usually) the first Sunday of the month, I say a little silent thank you to the person who created Ortho-Tricycline Lo. Birth control, in all its many forms, is a wonderful thing. Which do you use? Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: A Sexually Frustrated Seal, Another Use For Birth Control, And SFW Porn

  • A very confused Antarctic fur seal tried to have sex with a king penguin. His attempt lasted 45 minutes, after which he swam into the water and ignored the bird he had just assaulted. Ugh, men. [BBC]
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    Your Nose Was A Sexual Organ

    Millions of years ago, humans could detect pheromones. We could “smell” each others’ genetic material through particular detectors that have since gone dormant now that we can see in color. It seems that this organ, called the vomeronasal organ, is no longer connected to the brain (does this mean those fragrances with pheromones are pointless?). However, some scientists say that we can pick up on pheromones through our normal sense of smell. But if scientists could find a way to reconnect the VNO, as it’s known, to the brain, you might have what you call a “sex sense” that would allow men to smell when women are ovulating and decide whether or not it’s the right time to have sex. In short, it would change your sex life, and could even be the most effective birth control method ever. [Mental Floss] Keep reading »

    Kids Who Have Sex Young Don’t Use Much Contraception

    We could never figure out why Jamie Lynn Spears didn’t just go on birth control when she decided to start having sex. Yes, it’s totally possible that she was on the pill and didn’t take as directed — eight out of 100 women will get pregnant each year if they don’t follow the instructions — but a survey by the Crisis Pregnancy Agency in Ireland found that first sex among adolescents was linked to low use of contraception (and high levels of regret). [The Press Association, U.K.] Keep reading »

    Condoms That Are Good For The Environment And Brazilian “Rubber Tappers”

    The Brazilian government inaugurated a factory yesterday that will use the rubber collected by hundreds of small time Brazilian “rubber tappers” to make, well, rubbers. [SIDE NOTE: I propose that anyone who uses condoms as his/her primary form of birth control should be called a "rubber tapper."] The factory has the capacity to produce 100 million condoms a year, and by giving these rubber tappers a livelihood, the government is hoping the trees in the Chico Mendes forest reserve will be protected. [AHN] Keep reading »

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