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I’m thinking that in my planned series of “Sex Education Myths” video the easiest wold actually be the Birth Control myth video.
I could do it to celebrate getting 23,000 followers!
I’ll try to get that up in the next week or so.
Send in your favorite/most hated myths about birth control and it may make it into the video!
Misconceptions about the Pill
Some misconceptions about the pill need to be corrected. It DOES NOT:
- Build up in a person’s body. People do not need a rest from taking COCs; they can be used continuously*
- Make a person infertile
- Cause multiple births or birth defects
- Change a person’s sexual behavior
- Collect in the stomach. (In fact, the pill dissolves each day.)
- Disrupt an existing pregnancy
- Cause Breast Cancer (in fact it reduces the chance of getting multiple cancers)
*In fact, taking a rest from OCs can increase the risk of ovulation and pregnancy. OCs can be used safely for many years without having to stop taking them periodically
The Great American Condom Campaign
It’s that time again!
The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation. Each year, GACC members give out 1,000,000 Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the United States, educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.
Applications will close on December 31st, 2013. All successful Spring Semester 2014 SafeSite applicants will be notified by January 22nd, 2014.
The program is for college students in the United States between the ages of 18 and 29. If you are a college/university staff member who is interested in purchasing discounted condoms, please visit trojanprofessional.com.
How Do STIs Affect Young People?
- One in every 20 adolescents contracts an STI every year, totaling approximately 330 million annual cases.
- For many reasons, young cis women are several times more likely to contract an STI than older cis women.
- Young cis women often suffer more serious consequences of STIs because they are less likely to seek proper information or treatment due to fear, ignorance, shyness, or inexperience.
- STIs during pregnancy can lead to ill-health for the newborn, low birth weight, and premature delivery.
- Left untreated, the costs and consequences of STIs are very high, and include cancer and increased risk of HIV.
- Complications of STIs are also the cause of half of all cases of infertility, affecting some 60 to 80 million couples per year.
(from Global Health Learning Center)
Some statistics from the World Health Organization.
- The lifetime risk of death for a non-smoker using oral contraceptives is 1 in 66,700. The risk for a non-smoker using oral contraceptives, who is less than 35 years, is 1 in 200,000.
- The lifetime risk of death from driving a motorcycle in the US is 1 in 1,000, and the risk from driving an automobile in the US is 1 in 5,900.
According to the World Health Organization, 54% of people who got an abortion in 2000 were using a method of birth control in the month they became pregnant.
It may be that they didn’t use the method the time that conceived, or that they were using the method incorrectly. They may think they may not be able to get pregnant and take unnecessary risks, run out of supplies, are having a problem with the method, do not expect to have sex, or be raped.
The most common reason for inconcentant use because of fears or concerns about common non-harmful side effects.
The number of adverse events associated with the HPV vaccine reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) appeared to be related to media coverage and online controversy about the vaccine, finds a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.
YOU DON’T SAY?!
Seriously everyone, don’t believe the drug panic
I’m trying to get some writing done on my children’s book explaining gender and sex and such and I’d like some input on how trans or intersex people have explained to younger kids being transgender or intersex or if anyone had it explained to them when they were younger. I’ve explained my trans ness to my little brother but I’d like some more ideas.