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Real Talk: On Birth Control & Protecting Against Pregnancy, Part 1

I Got An IUD
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I Have A Nuva Ring
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Permanent Birth Control
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This week’s Real Talk focuses on birth control: what we use, why, and our thoughts on all the issues surrounding the way we keep our bodies pregnancy-free! The second half of our conversation about contraception will run tomorrow.

The participants are:

  • Rose Fox is a book and magazine editor, event organizer, and activist. You can find them on Twitter, LiveJournal, Dreamwidth, and many other social media platforms as ‘rosefox’.
  • Carrie Murphy is a poet, freelance writer, and birth doula. She tweets @carriemurph.
  • Patricia Valoy is a civil engineer, writer for Everyday Feminism, and host for Let Your Voice Be Heard! Radio. You can find her on Twitter or read her blog on feminist issues from the perspective of a Latina. Keep reading »

Pregnant Women Really Do Not Belong In Public, Turkish Leader Sensibly Points Out

Men Do Childbirth
Watch these men experience child birth. Watch »
Fined For Screaming
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Zimbabwean women fined $5 for each scream during childbirth. Read More »
Pregnant & Fired
pregnancy discrimination
Woman fired for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Read More »

You know what is just the worst? When pregnant ladies go out in public. Yeah, their selfless maternal giving and their miracle of life — it is really not something other people should have to watch. Please, shield us from the inhumanity. Keep reading »

So, Uh, What Exactly Is A “Gay-by” Shower, Fergie?

Fergie's A Spokeslady
She's repping the makeup brand Wet 'n Wild. Read More »
Josh On Fergie
Josh Duhamel explains what attracted him to Fergie. Read More »
Weird Celeb Baby Names
chart strangest celebrity baby names
Do they want their kids to get beat up in middle school? Read More »
fergie baby shower

This past weekend, the very pregnant Fergie Duhamel had her “gay-by” shower at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. And, if you’re like us, you probably have no idea what that means. Us Weekly reported that it was thrown by her “gay BFFs.” Not sure why they can’t just be “BFFs” who also happen to be gay. But besides that, here’s what we’re guessing makes a “gay-by” shower, in case you’re thinking of throwing one, too:

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Pregnant Woman Struck By Lightning, Gives Birth

Pregnant Woman Struck By Lightning Gives Birth

A pregnant New Mexico woman has survived a bolt from the blue to give birth to a bouncing baby girl. Kendra Villanueva and the baby’s father Ian Gordon were watching fireworks with friends on July Fourth when lightning struck both of them in the front yard of an Albuquerque home. Villanueva was just weeks from her due date and was rushed to University of New Mexico Medical Center where she had an emergency Cesarean section. Read more on Newser…

Zimbabwean Women Fined $5 For Each Scream During Childbirth

Men Do Childbirth
Watch these men experience child birth. Watch »
Why So Pricy?
Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?
The price of maternity care in the U.S. is exorbitant. Read More »
Gives Birth On Subway
woman gives birth to baby on subway photo
This woman gave birth alone on the subway at 1:30a.m. Read More »

In Zimbabwe, a country where the average yearly income is $150, giving birth in a hospital can be prohibitively expensive at $50. But at one corrupt hospital, this price can increase depending on how much the woman giving birth screams. Yes, a local hospital in Zimbabwe apparently considers screams during childbirth to be “raising false alarm.” Therefore, each time a woman cries out, she is fined $5. Keep reading »

True Story: I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant (For 6 Months)

Mirror, Mirror: Pregnancy
Kate discusses how being pregnant has affected her body image. Read More »
I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

The moment that changed my life was actually pretty anticlimactic.

I took a pregnancy test. Waited the prescribed amount of time. Looked at the result. Threw the test away without really looking at it.

I knew I wasn’t pregnant. I had gotten the Mirena IUD over the summer –- the single most effective form of birth control outside of sterilization. I had packed on the pounds over the past few months, but as a newlywed who had just resumed eating like a sane person after a summer’s worth of dieting, that was to be expected, right?

It was a good 15 minutes or so later that something clicked in my head. I went back to the bathroom and fished the little white plastic pee-stick out of the trash. I stared at the little line across the window. I looked again at the back of the box. Back to the pee stick. Then the box.

It was positive. What? No. No way. There had to be a mistake. Keep reading »

5 Women Who Had No Idea They Were Pregnant

Every now and then the unthinkable happens and a baby is born to a mother that didn’t even know she was pregnant. Such stories are often met with skepticism because in most cases, pregnancy is a incredibly obvious condition. The big bellies. The lack of a period. The cravings for pickles and tiramisu. In a few instances, however, mothers really seem to not know they are pregnant until that baby was coming down the vaginal canal. Here are some of the strangest cases. [Surprised baby photo via Shutterstock]

Fired Over Pregnancy
pregnancy discrimination
Christian college fired woman for getting pregnant out of wedlock. Read More »
Pregnant baby?!
This doll is not anatomically correct. Read More »
Mirror, Mirror: Pregnancy
Kate discusses how being pregnant has affected her body image. Read More »

Study: Men Should Be Included In Unplanned Pregnancy Prevention

Why Men Need Abortion
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Why men need abortion as much as women do. Read More »
Pregnancy Test
Am I pregnant or not? Only one way to find out. Read More »
I Was Unplanned
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I was an unplanned pregnancy. Read More »

Men should be included in strategizing ways to prevent unplanned pregnancies, according to a new study by the Guttmacher Institute. Researchers looked at data from the 2006 to 2010 National Survey of Family Growth reported by men about unplanned births. Through analyzing the rate of happiness that each father felt when his child was born, they found that fathers that planned the birth of their child were more likely to be happy about their bundle of joy coming into the world. Married men specifically were very happy about having a child in this manner.

The study, titled, “Exploring U.S. Men’s Birth Intentions,” by Laura Lindberg and Kathryn Kost, looked at a whole bunch of facts about unplanned pregnancy and found the rate of unintended births vary between a man’s union status, age, education level, race and ethnicity. However, quite a few unplanned pregnancies are unwanted by men. Keep reading »

Guy Talk: Enough With The Unprotected Sex Already!

Guy Talk: Sex
no sex
Men don't want to have sex all the time. Read More »
Condom Excuses
The five worst excuses men use to avoid wearing condoms. Read More »
Guy Talk: Orgasms
Some guys fake orgasms, too. Read More »
My STD
One woman talks about getting an STD. Read More »
Guy Talk: Enough With The Unprotected Sex Already

I’m about one more “and then he came inside me” away from blowing my brains out.

I’m a sex enthusiast, perhaps even a connoisseur on the matter. I peruse publications about sex, participate in deep conversations on the act, and occasionally even engage in the monstrous business. But for fuck’s sake, if I have to read another article about unprotected sex, I’m going to jump off a bridge.

This all started a few years ago when I was reading Vice magazine, specifically the section “People Who Just Had Sex With Each Other.” It’s a column in which an interviewer talks to a couple who just had sex and asks them intimate questions about that particular love-making session. This one painfully hip couple were giving an account of their intimate nudie-sesh. They talked about the foreplay: touching each other’s business, licking each other’s things, fingering each other’s hoo-has. All normal stuff. Then the girl talks about how the guy came inside of her because she was on her period. They had just met the previous week, yet were already at the stage where they could, not only have period sex, but have unprotected period sex. Imagine taking the red ski lift into cream-village with a complete stranger like it’s not even a big deal. I just remember sitting back in my chair and thinking about all the new STD’s that could be swimming inside of their hipster bods. Keep reading »

FDA Approves Morning-After Pill Plan B One-Step For Over The Counter Use

Obama Backs Off
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Obama administration backs off the morning-after pill. Read More »
Some EC Is OTC
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Some morning-after pills available over the counter, appeals court rules. Read More »
How Does It Work?
how plan b works
How does the morning-after pill work? This video explains everything! Read More »

In an enormous victory for women and girls across the nation, the Food and Drug Administration finally approved the Plan B One-Step brand morning-after pill for over-the-counter use. Plan B One-Step is a one-pill version of emergency contraception and this approval covers women and girls of all ages. Like all EC, it is more effective the sooner it is taken after unprotected sex. If taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, EC is almost 90 percent more effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Earlier this month, the Obama administration backed off its resistance to making the morning-after pill accessible OTC to women and girls of all ages. Previously, Obama had been against girls younger than 15 being able to access the pill. Keep reading »

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