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Empowering people to make healthy, respectful and responsible choices.

Birth Control Resources

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While my previous post addressed long-acting reversible contraception for men, below are some valuable resources that cover many other birth control options. Most of the sites are targeted toward teens and young adults. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/birth-control-4211.htm...

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The Future of Male Birth Control

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Aside from the male condom and permanent sterilization (a vasectomy), men have had to rely on their female partners for fertility control. While many might assume men may be turned off by the idea of being responsible for birth control, recent studies have begun to show that men may be more open to being able to control their own fertility rather than relying on their partner. Even when the stu...

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Treating Infertility

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Discussions about infertility are in the news and on talk shows where some celebrity couples openly talk about their struggles to become parents. In fact, just a couple of weeks ago the Today Show documented a fertility treatment procedure on live television. Let's take a look at treatment options for infertility. Reproductive endocrinologists (RE) treat infertility. It...

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Female Infertility

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Causes of Female Infertility In the previous post, we discussed common causes of male infertility. Now let's take a brief look at the common causes of female infertility. Anovulation. Anovulation is failure to ovulate (release an egg from her ovaries). Anovulation may be caused by low levels of hormones that make ovulation happen. It can also be caused...

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Infertility

Posted by Tammi A. Tannura -

Infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant or to get a partner pregnant despite having timed, unprotected sex for at least one year. Estimates are that 10-15% of couples in the United States have difficulty achieving a...

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Teen Sexual Violence

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A study conducted online in 2010 and 2011, and published earlier this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics found that perpetration of sexual violence starts in the teen years. Youth involved in the online survey ranged in age from 14-21 years. A total of 1058 online surveys were collected. The purpose of the study was to report national est...

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Reproductive and Sexual Coercion

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Reproductive coercion is the manipulation of a partner's sexual decisions related to contraception and pregnancy. There are three forms of reproductive coercion: birth control sabotage, pregnancy coercion and pregnancy pressure.   In birth control sabotage, the perpetrator may interfere with the female partner's birth control methods for the purposes of causing a pregnancy. Exam...

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Plan B One-Step® Store Locator

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In June of this year, I blogged about the availability of emergency contraception, specifically Plan B One-Step ® , for anyone at any age. This form of emergency contraception is available over-the-counter and can usually be found in the same aisle as condoms, pregnancy tests and feminine hygiene products. To find a store that carries Plan B One-Step ® over-the-counter, go t...

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Female Genital Modification

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Female genital modification, sometimes called female circumcision or female genital mutilation, is the removal of some or all of the external female genitalia. The vulva, another term for external female genitalia, includes the labia majora, the labia minora, the clitoris and the openings for the urethra and the vagina. Young girls who originate from African countries in the east, west and cent...

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