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, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 28, 2015

Is anyone else having trouble believing it’s that time of year again? In honor of the return to school, here’s an oldie but a goodie about getting birth control in college. Share it with the special student in your life! And in other sexual-health-nerd news:

Yup, the pill prevents uterine cancer. We've known for a long time that the pill protects women from this type of cancer. But if you take the pill in your 20s and this kind of cancer comes along 40 years later, it's complicated to measure just how much protection the pill offers. Now an international group of researchers have tackled this complicated question.

Pull out all the stops: Doubling up with withdrawal. Withdrawal, a.k.a. the pull-out method, is often ignored by health care providers and researchers as a form of birth control. Researcher Jenny Higgins explains why we shouldn’t write off the oldest method.

LGBTQ health research? There's an app for that. A team of researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, is conducting the first large, multi-year study of people who consider themselves LGBTQ. They're calling it The PRIDE Study and they’re using a mobile app to conduct it.

My BFF has genital herpes. Bedsider contributor Ashley Canino tells the story of her experience supporting a friend through a herpes diagnosis, including dos and don’ts.

Need a little extra inspiration for that inevitably hectic transition from summer to fall? These quotes should help get you in the mood.

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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Thanks, Birth Control: Homepage Movie
August 24, 2015
Authored by: Daniela Kucz

Daniela Kucz is the Development Analyst at The National Campaign. Daniela oversees individual giving and supports the Campaign’s fundraising activities. Daniela also serves as the Special Assistant to the CEO and coordinates Board of Directors events as the Corporate Secretary.

Prior to her work at the Campaign, Daniela honed her donor relations and fundraising experience as a Development Fellow at the Women’s Campaign Fund and a Special Projects Assistant at Move This World.

Daniela received her Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies and Biology from Swarthmore College. Having lived in seven countries across the world, Daniela now resides in Washington, DC.

A few days ago, I attended a conference hosted by a foundation that aims to increase the number of women with MBAs. The highlight of the evening was a panel of MBA alumna sharing their experiences. During the panel, the women spoke about business school itself and their careers following it, noting...
20-Somethings, Contraception, Education, Thanks, Birth Control, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 21, 2015
Authored by: Carlos Pinto

Carlos Pinto is the Media and Project Manager for The National Campaign’s Latino Initiative. Carlos possesses over decade of experience specializing in collaborating with Latino media, gatekeepers, and community-based organizations. At the Campaign, he is responsible for creating and developing culturally adapted teen pregnancy prevention messages and collaborating with Latino-targeted media and entertainment networks to ensure these messages reach the Latino community.

Since joining The National Campaign in 2009, Carlos has also managed a project targeting Latino-faith leaders through which he helped develop Countering the Silence, a bilingual teen pregnancy prevention toolkit that incorporates Campaign data and research and includes over a dozen bible studies and activities and ideas on how faith leaders can openly discuss topics such as sex, dating, and relationships with teens and parents from a religious perspective.

Additionally, Carlos has helped create several Campaign videos including Demasiado Joven (Too Young), a short film that explores teen pregnancy in the Latino community and Life As We Know It, a short film and series of public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Latino teens discussing their views about teen pregnancy.

Carlos is a graduate from Rollins College, lives in Washington, DC and in his free time enjoys collecting records, cycling, and traveling.

By now you may have heard that Congress wants to mess with success by voting to gut the teen pregnancy prevention program.Click here to read a brief, yet insightful overview of Idaho’s Latina teen pregnancy rates, which highlights the efforts being undertaken by El Centro de Comunidad y Justicia to...
Federal Funding, Latino Initiative, Public Policy, Teen Pregnancy
August 18, 2015
Authored by: Jennifer Driver

Jennifer Driver is the Manager of State Support at The National Campaign. Jennifer works with the State Support team to provide training and technical assistance to state and local communities regarding teen and unplanned pregnancy.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Jennifer was the training and technical assistance coordinator for the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential. There she served as the project manager for the Enhancing Quality of Interventions Promoting Healthy Sexuality research study funded by the National Institute of Health and RAND Corp.  She has years of experience providing training and technical assistance at the national, state, and community levels; most recently to PREP grantees throughout Georgia. She has over seven years of experience working with a variety of populations including schools and community-based organizations, youth in care, LGBT youth, and providing outreach to college age men and women at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges.  

Jennifer received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from The University of Alabama. Roll Tide! 

I must admit publicly that I am very late to I AM Cait. Although I was excited about her new journey, the thought of another Kardashian show was more than I could bear. Seriously, every time I watch those shows I can hear my IQ dropping (listen, there it is….yep it dropped).However, after a nice...
20-Somethings, Popular Culture, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy