Remembering Nora Ephron
We’re really going to miss Nora Ephron, a great writer and feminist, who died yesterday at age 71. Have you seen “When Harry Met Sally?” If you haven’t, add it to your weekend To Do List. If you have, what do you think about Harry’s theory that heterosexual men and women can’t be platonic friends? Agree or disagree?
It's National HIV Testing Day
Today is National HIV Testing Day. Have you been tested? Were you nervous about the results? How did you feel after you got the results? Share your story in your reblog. And if you haven’t been tested in awhile (or ever), we’re here for you! Check out plannedparenthood.org to learn more about HIV and AIDS, getting tested, or to find your nearest health center. (image: Centers for...
Oral Sex. What's the risk?
Someone asked us: Q. Not sure if you folks are the right ones to ask, but I was wondering about lesbian safe sex. What are the actual chances of getting an STD from oral sex? I’ve heard you can get herpes from cold sores, so obviously avoiding oral sex when one’s got a cold sore is a good plan, but outside of that, what are the actual chances of getting an STD from standard lesbian...
Working at Planned Parenthood
Someone asked us: Q. I’m in high school and I was thinking about getting a college degree in gender studies. Would I be able to work at a place like Planned Parenthood with a degree like that? Yes! The people who work at Planned Parenthood have all sorts of degrees and work on all sorts of things, like political advocacy, technical computer stuff, media junk, education, and of course,...
The Abortion Diaries: real stories from real women
The Abortion Diaries, a short documentary featuring 12 women who speak candidly about their experience with abortion, is now available online in its entirety.
Abortion rate dropped because of access to... →
Three cheers for birth control! According to a new CDC study, the abortion rate for women in their 20s has dropped because of increased access to birth control. Where would you be today without your birth control? Give us your answer in your reblog.
Home Pregnancy Tests
Someone asked us: Q. Where can I get a home pregnancy test? How much do they cost? How reliable are they? Pregnancy tests are really accurate: Most work 99 out of 100 times if you take it after you miss your period. Pregnancy tests can be less effective if you take them too early or if the expiration date has passed. You can get a pregnancy test at a drugstore or a health care center. They...
The New York Times did their homework and they’re letting you know: Plan B (aka “the morning-after pill”) mainly works by preventing sperm and egg from meeting, and there’s actually no evidence that it prevents an already fertilized egg from implanting. Plus, it’s safe, effective, and a huge relief to tons of people. Give us a Like or a Reblog if you’re glad...
Someone asked us: Q. I just started taking birth control about 3 weeks ago. It’s a very low dosage (Lo Loestrin) and I took it to regulate my periods. I’ve been getting spotting every day and I’m just curious as to if that’s normal and how long it will last. Also, I’m a virgin, I’m not sure if that’s relevant to the problem or not. I just want to know...
The Facts of Life: Tips for Parents
Someone asked us: Q. Any suggestions for explaining the facts of life to 9 year olds? My daughters are curious but disgusted at what I’ve told them so far, and I’m afraid I tend to be too technical when I start explaining things (I’m an OB nurse). Any book recommendations or other suggestions for broaching this topic would be appreciated. Your daughters are so lucky to have...
The Perks of Herpes →
A fantastic piece about one woman’s experience telling a guy she wants to sleep with that she has herpes. Required reading for anyone who is sexually active. via The Hairpin
Can I get pregnant from pre-cum?
Someone asked us: Q. If pre-cum gets on the opening of my vagina, is there a chance of me getting pregnant? We get A LOT of questions about pre-cum. Here’s the deal: Pre-ejaculate — also known as pre-cum — is a liquid that oozes out of the penis before ejaculation. Oozing pre-cum is involuntary, meaning a guy can’t control when he secretes it. Pre-cum usually doesn’t contain sperm. But...
Sex and the Birth Control Ring
Someone asked us: Q. If I use the birth control ring, will I need to make any preparations before sex? Will sex disturb the placement of the ring and make it dangerous or less effective? No and No. Using the vaginal ring (brand name NuvaRing) is safe, simple, and convenient. There’s nothing to do right before having sex. Some women even say it improves their sex lives because it helps them...
Couvade: Pregnancy symptoms experienced by the partner of a pregnant woman.– A sexual health tidbit from the plannedparenthood.org glossary.
How do I get more info about being a Planned...
Someone asked us: Q. Where can I find more information on becoming a clinic escort? Please and Thanks! First of all, thank you from the very bottom of our hearts. Our volunteer escorts turn potentially negative experiences into positive experiences and make a real difference in the lives of our patients. Visit our volunteer page for information on how to get involved with your local Planned...