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“Just Say No” Isn’t The Sex Ed Your Child Needs

In the September issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health, there is a position paper from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine on Abstinence-Only-Until Marriage (AOUM) programs that should get every parent thinking about what kind of sex education their kids are receiving in school. Unfortunately, the intention of waiting until marriage to have sex often fails. With the age of marriage rising in the US, most people have sex for the first time as an adolescent or young adult. In fact, research demonstrates that AOUM programs don't delay the first time a young person has sex. In many communities across the US, abstinence-only programs have replaced more comprehensive ones and this is problematic, as we understand that AOUM programs have the following impact[1]:

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Topics: communication, Sex Talk, safe sex, family, education

That Oops Moment—Emergency Contraception

This week’s blog post starts with a pop quiz. When a condom falls off or breaks during sexual intercourse, a woman not interested in getting pregnant should do the following: 

  1. Nothing at all because her horoscope says everything will go her way today
  2. Douche immediately and hope for the best
  3. Fall on the ground in a heap while wailing “why me??”…then go to sleep
  4. Find religion and start praying to the gods to prevent pregnancy
  5. Immediately think about emergency contraceptive options
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Topics: couples, Sex & Relationships, birth control, safe sex, pregnancy

The Impact of Contraception on Female Sexual Function

As a gynecologist, birth control is a subject that I am passionate about. In the U.S., 62% of reproductive age women are using some form of contraception[1]. So what are the most common methods? Well, no surprise here. The Pill is still number one, followed by female tubal sterilization, male condoms, the IUD, injectable contraception, the vaginal ring, and the progesterone implant. With all of these options, why is the pill still top dog?

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Topics: sex, lubricant, libido, Fiera Experts, safe sex
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