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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20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception, Unplanned Pregnancy
March 03, 2015

Fertility Awareness Bedsider

The weather outside has been frightful, and we know what that means....People get cozy by the fire and, well, some of them may need birth control. That’s why we’re keeping Bedsider readers informed about their birth control options all winter long. Here’s the latest:

  • Love your implant or Mirena IUD? Keep it for an extra year. Good news for people who love long-acting birth control: New research from the University of Washington in Saint Louis shows that the implant and the Mirena IUD keep working for at least a year longer than their FDA-approved expiration dates.
  • How to avoid six common condom problems. We teamed up with Lucky Bloke’s Melissa White to share some tips on how to deal when something goes wrong with a condom—and how to avoid condom mishaps in the future.
  • Four apps for tracking your fertility. Fertility awareness methods (FAMs) seem to be getting more attention recently, so much so that a recent Atlantic article announced the “Return of the Rhythm Method.” Why the resurgence? One big reason: mobile technology. UX designer and Bedsider contributor Chelsey Delaney reviewed four cycle-tracking apps—Clue, Kindara, Ovia, and Glow—to see what the trend is all about.
  • How to: Birth control and the pharmacy. For everything from filling a prescription to getting help from the pharmacist to stocking up on condoms, pharmacies can be a great resource for preventing pregnancy and STIs. This Provider Perspective by Valerie French tackles the details of getting birth control at the pharmacy.

Spring will be here soon (despite much, ahem, evidence to the contrary). In the meantime, enjoy the fireside reading!

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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Authored by: Rachel Fey

Rachel Fey is the Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. Rachel is responsible for the organization’s health policy work, including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid family planning, and the Title X Family Planning Program. She also works on health disparities and budget and appropriations, where she focuses on funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs and public funding for family planning.

Prior to joining The National Campaign, Rachel was Manager of Government Relations at the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) where she worked on health care reform and the Medicaid and Title X Family Planning programs. She has years of experience working in the field of nonprofit reproductive health, including for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs. Ms. Fey holds a BA in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Authored by: Bill Albert

Bill Albert is the Chief Program Officer of The National Campaign. As Chief Program Officer, Bill is responsible for overall program planning and development, and for tracking program progress. In addition, Bill provides oversight to the Campaign’s media outreach and communication strategies, as well as the writing, editing, design, and production of Campaign’s numerous publications and materials. In addition, he oversees the Campaign’s popular, award-winning websites, the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the organization’s work with new media, and the Campaign’s marketing efforts.

Before his work with The National Campaign, Bill spent 12 years working in television news, most recently as the Managing Editor at Fox Television News in Washington, DC. His responsibilities included managing the editorial content of two daily news broadcasts, assigning, editing, and writing stories for air, conducting interviews, and overseeing the work of reporters and electronic news gathering crews.

Bill received his degree in Communications at American University and resides in Kensington, Maryland with his wife, Carol. His perfect 21-year-old son, Harrison The Boy Wonder, is a junior at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD to its friends). 

Although overall usage remains low, the use of long-acting, reversible contraceptives (LARC) among women age 15-44 increased from 1.5% in 2002 to 7.2% between 2011 and 2013, according to new data from NCHS. That is a nearly (wait for it) five-fold increase. (!!!)Want to learn more? Check out some...
20-Somethings, Bedsider, Contraception
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Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Communications Coordinator at The National Campaign. She is responsible for managing the Campaign’s youth initiative work, including the National Youth Leadership Team and the DC (District of Columbia) Teen Advisory Board. Additionally, she creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties (StayTeen.org and TheNationalCampaign.org) and social media accounts.  She also plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

Do you know a smart, motivated teen that cares about community education?  Do you work with high school students that want to educate their peers about teen pregnancy prevention? Then you may already know the perfect candidate!The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is looking...
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