Posts tagged with: Sexually transmitted disease

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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You can’t get pregnant if …

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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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