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Dawn Stacey M.Ed, LMHC

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What Do Contraception Failure Rates Really Mean?

Monday May 26, 2014

It seems that many of you are enjoying the newer feature on my site -- Your Birth Control Questions... Answered. I am proud that the number of questions on this list keeps growing due to all of your email submissions. Hopefully, you are finally finding the answers you are seeking!

I received the following question from a worried reader who that desperately needed an accurate answer,

"When they say the failure rate when 100 couples have sex regularly for a year is 1% or 3%, how much sex is it assumed the couples are having? Do these rates refer to the couple having sex about 100 times a year? I've seen a lot of charts and diagrams comparing the effectiveness of different birth control methods but still can't figure it out fully." Read More...

Summer Traveling?

Thursday May 22, 2014

Now that school is over (or coming to an end), many of you may be in the process of planning vacations or are eagerly anticipating upcoming travel. Well, I wouldn't be living up to my end of the bargain if I didn't use this time to remind you about birth control! Traveling can pose unexpected contraception problems if you do not plan ahead. For instance, when should you take your pill if traveling between in different time zones? If the "visit" of your period will make for sour travels, do you know how to use the pill to skip having it?

Make sure you have all your bases covered, Read More...

You Can't Get Pregnant if You Stand Up... Or Can You?

Tuesday May 20, 2014

I wanted to share this antidotal story from one of my readers concerning birth control myths. Olivia wrote:

I really enjoy reading your About Contraception Newsletter. I look forward to receiving it..... I have to tell you a funny anecdote about my conception of my daughter in July, 2011. I was trying desperately to get pregnant. It took me so long I thought that I was infertile. We tried and tried, but nothing was happening.

Then this evening in July...the night I got pregnant, I did something much different after sex than I used to do. That night, instead of getting up after making love and going to the bathroom to clean up and pee, that night I laid in bed, rolled over and went right to sleep.

About a month later, I found out I was pregnant and I truly believe that I got pregnant because I didn't get out of bed to go to the bathroom. I didn't stand up, therefore the sperm was able to get to the egg in a better fashion. Doesn't that sound like a myth to you..., but for me....It worked!!

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What's in Your Medicine Cabinet?

Monday May 19, 2014

Unintended pregnancy is a huge dilemma that affects thousands of people every year. In the US, 50% of all pregnancies are not intended. The surprising fact is that of these women who are facing unplanned pregnancies, about half of them were actually using birth control the month that they conceived!

Statistics like these show how important it is to understand the birth control method you have chosen and to make sure you know about potential risks and medications that could lower the effectiveness of your contraception. Read More...

Celebrate National Women's Health Week with FREE Birth Control

Wednesday May 14, 2014

National Women's Health Week

This year, May 11-17 marks National Women's Health Week. This week is an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal of National Women's Health Week is to empower women to make their health a priority. It also gives women a specific time to stop and really try to understand what it means to be well. One way to prioritize your health is by scheduling a well-woman doctor's visit every year.

Now, because of the Affordable Care Act, a well-woman check-up falls under preventive services, so most health insurance plans are required to cover this appointment with no out-of-pocket expenses for you.

Also, under our new health care law, insurance plans are obligated to cover all FDA-approved contraception without any co-pays. This means free birth control -- a welcome relief for the 99% of sexually active women who use contraception at some point during their reproductive years. There's no better time than now to celebrate National Women's Health Week! Show your support by sharing this blog!

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Wishing the Pill a Happy 54th Birthday!

Monday May 12, 2014

Happy 54rd birthday to the birth control pill! The pill has been named the most important scientific advance of the 20th century, and 54 years after gaining FDA-approval, the pill is still one of the most popular birth control methods around the world and here in the US. Interestingly, there is no definite date as to when to celebrate the pill's birthday. Yet, when the pill was approved by the FDA in 1960, more than half a million women were already taking it!

Briefly - the pill started a revolution nobody ever intended. After all, you don't hear of the drink or the magazine, yet when I say the pill, we all know what I am talking about. Read More...

Sure, Oral Sex Can Be Fun... but do you know how to make it safe?

Tuesday May 6, 2014

So, to throw a bit of a curve ball out from my usual contraception information, I wanted to take a moment to introduce you to the dental dam. No, I am not implying that you are due for your latest dental check-up; however, this is a nifty little device to have around. Although it provides NO birth control protection (meaning, it won't stop you from getting pregnant), it very well may save you from getting an STD during oral-vaginal sex or some sort of parasite if you are engaging in oral-anal sex (rimming).

The bad news (yep, there's usually a catch) Read More...

Cinco de Mayo - A Celebration of Freedom and Liberty

Monday May 5, 2014

Viva! Cinco de Mayo is a day that celebrates freedom and liberty. These are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862. This Mexican festival should remind us how fortunate we are to live in a time where our personal freedoms are protected. This is especially true when it comes to our reproductive choices. Let this celebration stand for our liberty - to have choices over various contraceptive methods, so we can choose to prevent unintended pregnancies, and to remind us of the significance that court cases like Roe v. Wade and Griswold v. Connecticut have played in securing women the freedom of choice when it comes to their bodies.

In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, people celebrate this significant day by having parades, listening to mariachi music, dancing, drinking, and participating in festive activities. As women, we should all celebrate the freedom that we currently have in the United States. Read More...

Pills... With Benefits

Saturday May 3, 2014

In the world of birth control pills, there are so many options. So how do you know which to use? First and foremost, the pill is meant to be used as an effective contraceptive. Yet some noncontraceptive benefits may not be so bad either!

It is important to talk with your doctor honestly about your medical history. Together, you can decide on the type of pill that may be best. Read More...

Personalizing the Right to Choice

Saturday May 3, 2014

From time to time, I like to share comments that have been posted to my site. Today, I have chosen to share Ashley's story.  After reading many of your comments this week, I felt that Ashley brought a point of view worth sharing in her response to my article, What Has the Roe vs. Wade Decision Meant to Your Life?

Ashley writes,

Thanks to Roe v. Wade, my life could keep going on like normal. I do think that women have the right to choice. If you have never been put in the place of having an unplanned pregnancy, then it's ignorant to fight to band abortion. You must be in our place before you argue. Not try to think as if you are, but really experience it.

Thanks for sharing your personal story with us, Ashley. When it comes to the issue of abortion, many people have their opinions. Read More...

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