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Sex ed and the health care overhaul

11 May

“In a sharp departure from the abstinence-only message of the Bush years, the new health law pours hundreds of millions of dollars into sex education programs that aim to provide teenagers with comprehensive information about protecting themselves from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.”  Read more about sex education in President Obama’s health care initiatives …

Irregular Period? It Could Be More Than Just Stress

9 May

“Skipping just one period might indeed be a sign of stress or pregnancy … But going 90 days without menstruating, or having a cycle that is shorter than 21 days or longer than 35 deserves further evaluation”  Read more …

What ‘The Pill’ did

7 May

An interesting collection of short essays about the impact of the birth control pill.  Its 50th anniversary is coming up this Sunday.  Read more …

Texting during sex?

7 May

A study published in March found that one in 10 people younger than 25 say that they would not mind being “interrupted by an electronic message” during sex.  Read more …

Product of the Month (May): Devour Me Lickable Oil

4 May

devour me lickable oilDon’t just give your lover a massage, coat them in this all-natural, non-sticky sweetness and nibble and lick your way over their body. This exclusive formula has a sweet almond oil base, is non-staining and free of colors and artificial sweeteners. Unlike many similar-flavored oils, these taste fantastic. Available in: Piña Colada, Strawberry Kiss, Chocolate Mint and Crème Brulee flavors.
Not safe to use with latex condoms.

Price: $5
Amount: 1 oz.

Sex and risk among adolescents

4 May

“According to a poll published earlier this year by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy … seven in 10 pregnancies in the 18-to-29 age group are unintended, and men and women in their 20s have among the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections of any age group, including chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis.”

Read more …

Few teenage boys counseled on sexual health

4 May

A national survey shows that few adolescent males are receiving enough information about protecting themselves from HIV and STIs.  “The medical system is really set up to serve women and maternal-child health in ways that aren’t addressing young men’s needs,” said Dr. Arik Marcell, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University medical school and lead author of the study.

Read more …

The BC Pill’s Golden Anniversary

4 May

As Gardiner Harris of the New York Times writes:

The birth control pill has been called the most important scientific advance of the 20th century, and no wonder. Fifty years after its approval by the Food and Drug Administration, it is still one of the leading methods of contraception, in the United States and around the world.

Read more about how the birth control pill revolutionized America …

What Really are the Health Benefits and Risks of Hormonal Birth Control?

4 Jan

Check out this Times Essential summary of what we know about hormonal birth control methods: http://health.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-contraception-ess.html

“It felt like someone was stabbing me…”

23 Dec

From a NYTimes article on dysmenorrhea, or painful cramping, during menstruation. Yes, some cramping is normal – but when it gets to the point where a woman is missing school or work because of unbearable cramping, vomiting, or even diarrhea, it’s not normal and women shouldn’t be made to feel like they just have to deal with it. Many women are in pain 2-3 days a month, which can add up to 2-3 week per year. In fact, there are physiological reasons for excessive, painful cramping; women can seek treatment to counteract these physiological imbalances. See article for more detail:

http://health.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-menstrualcramps-ess.html

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