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, Relationships
February 12, 2016

First things first: Bedsider decided to get crafty this year with an origami-themed Valentine’s Day campaign. I strongly advise everyone to check it out and make some love immediately. (You know…out of paper.) In other news, here are some things we’ve been writing about lately.

Getting to know Aunt Flo: Apps for tracking your period. Period tracking apps offer women and girls an easy way to track their cycles and learn about their bodies. This is a review of four of good ones.

5 myths about getting HIV, busted. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the most recently discovered viruses in the world, and we’ve learned a lot about it in the last 30 years. Unfortunately, back when the virus was still new and misunderstood, a lot of myths about how it’s spread were flying around—and some have stuck. Here’s the real deal on how HIV is transmitted.

Combined hormonal versus progestin-only birth control. Not all hormonal birth control methods are alike. In fact, you could think of combined hormonal methods and progestin-only methods as two families. The members (or methods) within each family have certain similarities, but they’re all special in their own way.

May your Valentine’s Day be filled with bunnies, bouquets, and heart-shaped boxes! (Paper or otherwise.)

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,—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.

Other Recent Posts

February 10, 2016
The below post is an excerpt from the National Conference of State Legislatures blog, writen by Emily Heller, research analyst in NCSL’s Health program.The U.S. teen birth rate reached another record low in 2014, with 24.2 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19.On the decline since 1991, the U.S....
Contraception, Education, Federal Funding, Media, Parents, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy
February 05, 2016
Authored by: Kate Meroski

Kate is the Manager of Communications 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. She creates content and is the Campaign’s internal graphic designer.  Kate also manages content on the Campaign’s teen and corporate web properties ( and and social media accounts.  She plans Campaign events and coordinates external communications including press releases and the weekly newsletter, the Campaign EGRAM.

Kate holds a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from The George Washington University. 

This month, celebrated The Washington University Contraceptive Choice Center (C3) in St. Louis, MO as their February pick for Best.Clinic.Ever. C3 offers high-quality care regardless of insurance status, and works to empower and educate all of their patients. This is also where they...
Bedsider, Contraception, Education, State and Local, Unplanned Pregnancy
February 02, 2016
Authored by: Andrea Kane

Andrea Kane is the Senior Director of Public Policy at The National Campaign. She is responsible for The National Campaign’s public policy program, as well as its growing initiative with community colleges. During her time at the Campaign, she has also had responsibility for partnerships with a wide range of national, state and local organizations and helped launch The National Campaign’s work with youth in foster care and with Latino communities.

From 2001 through 2008, she was also affiliated with the Brookings Institution’s Center on Children and Families in various capacities. Before joining The National Campaign in 2001, Andrea served at the White House Domestic Policy Council as a special assistant to President Clinton. She has also worked at the National Governors’ Association, and at the state and local level in California, Texas, and Virginia.

She studied Government at Smith College, received a BA from Cornell University and an MPA from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.

Arkansas and Mississippi are taking bold steps to help college students avoid unplanned pregnancy.  In an excellent article published on Pew’s Stateline, reporter Sophie Quinton travels to Jackson, Mississippi to see how the state’s innovative legislation is being implemented, and shares...
20-Somethings, Colleges, Contraception, Education, Federal Funding, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Unplanned Pregnancy