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April is STI Awareness Month

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Roughly 20 million new STIs occur in the U.S. each year. STIs lead to infertility in more than 24,000 women, and 1 in every 2 sexually active persons will contact an STI by age 25. How can we decrease these alarming statistics?

Preventing STIs - Use Condoms!
Contraception Spotlight10

Contraception Lessons from Easter Sunday

Sunday April 20, 2014

I remember one Easter Sunday a few years ago when I was attending my brother-in-law's Easter dinner. Overall, it was a lovely evening full of family, friends, food and fun. All of the children had a blast... after dinner (where they had their own table to play with their food and make fun of the adults), they first embarked on a super wild Easter egg hunt (I don't think there was one pillow left unturned or one drawer that was not opened!). Then, they had fun hiding their Easter baskets for one another as each took pleasure in searching for their assigned basket. Finally, a lavish dessert came. Needless to say, after being in charge of their own table, a separate egg and basket excavation, and scrumptious, sugary desserts, it was almost as if a hurricane had blown through my brother-in-law's house.

Once the majority of guest had left, he and I were talking and he jokingly asked, "What happened to my house?" In my oh-so-clever wisdom, I answered... "Birth control showed up!" Read More...

Hmm... Does Size REALLY Matter?

Friday April 18, 2014

Did you know that condoms that don't fit properly are more likely to slip off, break and (hold your breath here) decrease the pleasure of both partners during sex? Yep, these are some of the reasons keeping people away from using condoms -- and not using condoms greatly undermines all the public health benefits they could provide. Trying to help the poor condom out, Crosby et al. conducted research  (the first of its kind I might add) using an event-specific analysis to examine the effect of ill-fitting condoms on several aspects of sexual functioning. Hmm? Sound interesting?

This was a pretty intriguing study. Read More...

My Passover Intervention... Up for the Challenge?

Monday April 14, 2014

At sundown tonight, the week of Passover begins. This is probably one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Passover commemorates the biblical story of Exodus, when Hebrew slaves were released from bondage in Egypt. Jewish people everywhere will sit down at there dinner tables and retell the ancient-old Passover story at their Seder. One of the hallmarks of this holiday is highlighting how Jewish people do things differently during Passover. In fact, the youngest member at the Seder asks "the four questions" in hopes to have them answered ... basically, there is only one main question that seeks to find out why this night is different from all other nights? As the Seder continues, each of the four answers will explain why something is done differently during Passover.

To give you an idea of some actions that may be stopped during Passover... on all other nights we eat bread or matza, while on this night we eat only matza (so, no bread-eating or chametz is allowed). On all other nights, we eat while sitting upright, but on this night we eat reclining (yes, we are relaxing at this dinner table!). Passover is a story about freedom. The Jewish people take time to reflect upon their days as slaves and then rejoice that they are now free. Part of this reflection is realizing that we are no longer prisoners... that we are free to make choices about how to live our lives. Passover also recognizes that spring is here. A time when many people feel renewed and restored.  This got me thinking (I know, a scary thought)... Read More...

It's Prom Time!

Wednesday April 9, 2014

For many high school students across the nation, its finally time for Prom! A time to get a pretty dress, buy corsages, rent limos, and try to convince mom and dad to stay out all night long. This is also a time that many teens may be considering having sex for the first time. Thinking about having sex may be stressful and scary for many teens because it may mean having to think about how to prevent an unintended pregnancy. You may already know about birth control, or you many not have a clue about your contraceptive options. Although talking about birth control may be embarrassing, if you can't talk to your partner about this, then maybe you aren't ready to have sex.

Did you know that 1 in 5 girls become pregnant in the US before the age of 20? Read More...

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