Birth Control

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Free Birth Control Starting August 12th

Exciting news! According to an announcement made by Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, starting August 12, 2012 new guidelines will require health insurance plans to cover contraception. No co-payment! No co-surance! No deductible! The Affordable Care Act guidelines also cover the following benefits:

well-woman visits;
screening for gestational diabetes;
human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing for women 30 years and older;
sexually-transmitted infection counseling (STI screening for high-risk populations are already covered under the Act);
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening and counseling;
FDA-approved contraception methods
contraceptive counseling;
breastfeeding support, supplies, and counseling;
and domestic violence screening and counseling. Continue Reading →

Learn A New Language With Birth Control!

Did you know that I have the ability to learn a new language just by taking birth control? No, this isn’t a new birth control pill being put on the market, but instead a handy app from NARAL Pro-Choice America called No-Cost BC4ME. All you do is select who is going to be taking the birth control (options include yourself, your girlfriend, your granddaughter, etc), your/their age, the birth control method, and how many additional children you/they are going to want. It’s all handy-dandy little drop down menus and slides. Then it instantly calculates how much money you or they could save if the no-cost birth control law is passed, and what that saved money could “buy” – such as a class to learn a new language.  Continue Reading →

Gonorrhea Gone Bad – and Resistant!

As if there weren’t enough reasons out there to convince you to practice safe sex – add this one to your list: a new strand of gonorrhea-causing bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics is now on the loose. Yikes! This new strain of bacteria was discovered in Kyoto, Japan by scientists and ABC News reports that,  ”the new strain of Neisseria gonorrhoeae has genetically mutated to evade cephalosporins — the only antibiotics still effective against the infection.” Continue Reading →

Because I’m Worth It

Would you buy condoms that cost $5 a piece? Do you think that they’d be any better than your preferred condom brand? Naked brand condoms are hitting the luxury condom market, or at least attempting to start the luxury condom market on their own. Kate’s recent post on the new “Viagra Condoms” got me thinking about another new type of condom to hit the market. For the low price of only $56 for a dozen (according to an article from Eden Fantasys), you get a very pretty box and some of the most “luxury” condoms on the market. Continue Reading →

Warning: Birth Control Pills That Contain Drospirenone May Cause Serious Bloodclots

One of the benefits of being in my school’s peer sexual health education group is that we get constant updates on birth control safety via our supervisor from the FDA listserv. Recently I received an email containing the following information:

“Two recently published studies reported a greater risk of blood clots for women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone as compared to the risk in women taking birth control pills containing another progestin known as levonorgestrel. Previously published studies have also addressed the risk of blood clots in women using birth control pills containing drospirenone. These studies had conflicting findings–two postmarketing studies required by the FDA or European regulatory agencies did not report any difference in the risk of blood clots between drospirenone-containing products and products containing levonorgestrel or other progestins.4,5 Two other publications in 2009, however, reported that the risk of blood clots is higher in women using drospirenone-containing products than in women who use levonorgestrel-containing products.” Here is a list of birth control pills containing drospirenone:

Yaz (generics Gianvi and Loryna)

Yasmin (generics Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah)
Safyral. Continue Reading →

A Temporary Vasectomy?

One of the best things about blogging for MSP is that my friends and family constantly send me interesting links and articles. This one is from my aunt Gail: an article from Neatorama about an injectable liquid that temporarily renders men infertile. In this procedure, rather than severing the vas deferens as is done in a regular vasectomy, the surgeon would inject the medicine into a man’s body. The procedure “doesn’t block the path of sperm cells exiting the testicles, but renders them inert as they move past. This substance should be removable, thus returning fertility to the patient”. Continue Reading →

These Magnums Aren’t Condoms

In South Africa, Magnums aren’t condoms (or if they are, I didn’t see them in the store). Rather, Magnums are ice cream bars. Here’s one I gobbled up at the airport on our way from Joburg to Cape Town a week or so ago. On a related note, Trojan Magnum condoms aren’t much bigger than standard condoms. Men who are larger than average may be more comfortable in a condom like the Trojan Magnum XL. And if they’re thicker than average, the Trojan Ecstasy line may be a good bet as it’s roomer in the shaft. Continue Reading →

New “Viagra Condom”

Many men struggle with keeping an erection while wearing condoms, but a new product, dubbed “the Viagra condom,” could help. Despite its name, the condom does not actually contain Viagra. Instead, it’s lined with a vasodilating gel (a gel which dilates blood vessels), which could help men maintain sufficient blood flow to sustain their erections. Public Health experts hope that this new product will encourage safer sex practices for those who avoid condoms because of erectile difficulties. This product is expected to be released in the UK under the Durex brand within the year. Continue Reading →

Pleasure-Inclusive Sex Education

“I wish I’d been taught that in my sex ed” is something I hear quite often from participants in the “pleasure physiology” workshops that I teach. Clearly, sexual pleasure is important to most people, but rarely do we get comprehensive education on the subject unless we actively seek it out. In my workshops, I love talking about anatomy and physiology from a pleasure, rather than just reproductive, perspective and exploring how to eroticize safer sex practices. Certainly, I think that reproductive education is important, but when most folks have sex, it’s for pleasure, not procreation. Likewise, teaching about sexually-transmissible infections (STIs) is important, but the ever-popular “gloom-and-doom” approaches to STI prevention leave a lot to be desired. Continue Reading →

Religious Women Use Birth Control Too

A recent study finds that contraceptive use is normal among religious women in the U.S., even Catholics. The statistics show that most women in the contemporary U.S., regardless of religion, make use of some form of birth control at some point in their lives. It’s worth considering this information when assessing issues such as federally-funded access to birth control, as well as stereotypes about religious folks as homogeneously anti-choice. Follow us on Twitter @mysexprofessor. Follow Jeana, the author of this post, @foxyfolklorist. Continue Reading →