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Trojan Condom App

There's no denying that we live in the world of smart phones. Could these devices not only be smart but also help us to be safe? In fact, why not use them to help with our contraception? Do you have a favorite app?

Earning the Name "Smart Phone"
Contraception Spotlight10

It's 10:00PM, Where Is Your IUD?

Thursday April 24, 2014

Okay, so it seems from your questions and emails that lots of you are interested in IUDs. Many you all have shared your IUD stories:

This makes me happy that there is so much interest about IUDs - which, by the way, are one of the most effective of all available contraceptives. For those of you who use IUDs, my question to you is... how do you know your IUD is still in place? Read More...

Going Green, Safe Sex and Protecting the Earth

Monday April 21, 2014

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we should all pledge to do to our part to help protect the Earth. Perhaps you may want to live a "greener" lifestyle. Could that include your choice of birth control? You bet it does! I, am also a huge proponent of recycling - yet what should you do with condoms? In the most literal sense, both male condoms and female condoms CANNOT be recycled... meaning, they can ONLY be used ONE time (some women believe that they can wash out the female condom and use it again - this is not true or recommended).

Okay, well now that I have established that condom use shouldn't be recycled, how about the condom itself? Unfortunately, there are no recycling programs for condoms. This begs the question, where do our used condoms go? Read More...

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...

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