Posts tagged with: Condom

Sex education versus abstinence only education

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I am a Christian woman.
I support waiting to have sex until a person is married.
HOWEVER, I know the majority of people do not believe the way that I do.
I fully believe in educating the majority – those who choose to have sex outside of marriage.

My long-term goal is to go into HIV/AID education prevention … internationally … in places where sex more often than not happens before, after, during and outside of marriage. I want to work in HIV/AIDS prevention with communities and cultures where condoms are taboo. I want to work with women who feel as though they have no say in their own sex life. I want to educate these women on the fact that they have a choice. They can fight.

I recently watched The Education of Shelby Knox on NetFlix (onDemand … oh how I love thee!) and connected so deeply to Shelby’s motivations and goals that I would like to meet her in person to speak with her, to hug her, to offer her my full support as a woman a decade older than her. This week’s goal is to find a way to reach her and let her know that I fully support the works she is involved in to see what else I can do to further the mission that we both share. One of the quotes, from the movie (that I stayed up until 1am to finish!) that clearly resonated was: “God cannot use blind followers.” My eyes are open wide, and I hope that yours will be, too.

Just because I am a Christian woman does not mean that I believe you can’t TEACH sexual education. Abstinence only education does not work – it has been proven time and time again. Abstinence education ALONG with condom and other forms of birth control use on the other on hand has been shown to reduce teen pregnancy, reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), but still, it is rarely taught within the public education system. This needs to change.

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Indonesian condom theives

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I keep being linked to this hilarious, but still quite serious, article.

Indonesian robbers steal thousands of condoms, birth control pills from woman’s health office both makes me angry and makes me giggle.

I have a hard time imagining a bunch of people robbing a clinic for birth control pills and running out with thousands of condoms, but the seriousness behind it makes me almost angry. Birth control pills are expensive for Americans, I’m sure they’re equally, if not more expensive for Indonesian women. The article mentions that birth control is legal in Indonesia, but it’s still got to be expensive and could have gone to better use.

Unless the thieves were stealing the birth control pills to give away to low-income women, then I’m all for robbing the clinics! (Okay, not really, but still. You get the point!)

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First-time birth control recommendation

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Recently one of my health writing bosses approached me about her own daughter’s birth control options. I was honored to be asked for my advice, and I thought that I would share here what I shared in an email.

“As a first-time birth control user, I’d recommend she use condoms and a birth control pill. The pill was a “reminder” to me that I had to use another method to be safe from STIs, and it taught me to keep my own sexual health in mind every single day. If your daughter worries about remembering to take the pill, a few suggestions of mine are to set a cell phone alarm clock and carry your pills in your purse (so you can take one when the alarm goes off), take it when you brush your teeth (at night or in the morning) or leave it on the corner of your bed, and as you get into bed, take it then (that’s my method).

If she really is against remembering to take something, the NuvaRing or the Ortho-Evra patch are other “three-weeks in/on”-“one-week out/off” that are discrete and effective.

I’m not a fan of recommending the depo shot as a first method of birth control as it offers no STI protection and there are oftentimes some heavy side effects that come with it.”

Whatever methods of birth control you are looking at, I recommend you check out WEGOHealth’s birth control pages forthorough, unbiased information.

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Pregnancy Pact Prompts Pill Promotion

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I read an interesting story about June’s news on the “pregnancy pacts that occurred at Gloucester High School. The whole story just boggles my mind; but that’s me. Do you remember the story? 17 teen girls from one high school ended up pregnant – so that they could be pregnant together. Anyway, the whole point of this blog was that ‘Pregnancy Pact’ Prompts High School to Hand out Birth Control. I am encouraged that a situation with such drastic results has ended up in a positive position.

Reading that story made me think about what I believe with regards to birth control and teenagers.

I believe that birth control should be offered in high schools. I also believe that education about birth control should be mandatory. Without the education part of that equation, I don’t think that condoms or birth control methods should be offered within a high school, but with the proper education, most teenagers can figure out the best method for their own sexual protection.

Expect a quick blog post here shortly about my own birth control recommendations for high schoolers.

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