Roughly one in four teen girls become pregnant at least once by age 20 and fully half of all pregnancies in the United States are reported by women themselves as unplanned. Not too good.

By posting some intemperate thoughts about sex, love, relationships, pregnancy, childbearing, the media, public policy, our dogs, and other topics, we hope to spark a two-way discussion about how best to bring down the high rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy in this country. And who knows…from time to time, we might even offer up a few cogent thoughts that will be helpful.

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Bedsider, Contraception
April 01, 2015

Liletta IUDImage courtesy of Bedsider.org

So much news, so little time. Here are a few things we covered on Bedsider this month.

  • Introducing Liletta: A(nother) new IUD. As the use of IUDs in the U.S. has gone up, so has the number of IUD options on the market. The newest is a hormonal IUD called LILETTA™. Liletta is a lot like the Mirena IUD, but it’s intended to be more affordable for uninsured folks. Considering that IUDs can run $900 without insurance, this is seriously good news.
  • The HPV vaccine, new and improved. The FDA recently approved Gardasil 9, a new and improved version of Gardasil that protects against nine types of HPV instead of four. This means young women and men getting Gardasil 9 should be even less likely to develop HPV-related cancers compared to those who got the original vaccine.
  • Sexual assault: What it is and what to do. We wish sexual assault didn't happen, but sadly it happens too often. Considering that nearly one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape at some point in her lifetime, we thought it was important to tackle some basics and share some resources.
  • Need health insurance? You may still have options. In which we cover some scenarios that allow folks to get or change their insurance coverage outside of the open enrollment period. If you know anyone who’s turning 26 this year, leaving an abusive relationship, or potentially eligible for Medicaid, send this their way.
  • Mail order birth control for a good cause. A pioneering project called PRJKT RUBY is making prescription birth control accessible online. Anyone 18 and up can order the pill, mini-pill, and ella emergency contraception online without having to physically visit a health care provider. Bonus: In 2015, every pack of pills purchased from PRJKT RUBY will be matched with a 25 cent donation to PSI!
Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Senior Manager of Digital Media at The National Campaign. She’s responsible for developing and managing content for The National Campaign’s award winning website, Bedsider.org—a birth control support network for 18- to 29-year-olds. Liz works closely with consultants, content creators, and partners to produce engaging, medically accurate content that represents and extends the Bedsider brand. This includes everything from Bedsider feature articles to tumblr posts to the Guy’s Guide to Birth Control.

 

Liz began working at The National Campaign in 2008 for the Latino Initiative and co-authored the report Toward a Common Future: Latino Teens and Adults Speak Out About Teen Pregnancy. She earned a BA in English Literature from Goucher College and is currently working toward an MA in Communication, Culture & Technology at Georgetown University.

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