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
August 03, 2015

Hopefully you’re very busy this summer lounging by a pool, taking exciting or relaxing vacations, or making banana chocolate chip “ice cream” from scratch. But just in case you find yourself with some time to spare or a burning desire to see what’s new in birth control and sexual health, Bedsider’s been busy too. Here are some topics we’ve covered lately:

Birth control users saving big thanks to the Affordable Care Act. It's been almost two years since the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. ObamaCare) started requiring U.S. health insurance plans to cover birth control with zero out-of-pocket costs. New research shows the change is already paying off – pill users alone are saving $1.4 billion a year in out-of-pocket costs.

More (and more) Millennials delaying marriage. As of 2012, about 1 in 5 adults 25 and older have never been married, the highest proportion in U.S. history.

It's official: Caya is available in the U.S. Could the diaphragm make a comeback? We first wrote about a new one-size-fits-(nearly)-all diaphragm back in 2012, when it was called SILCS. Three years later, it's here in the U.S. of A. with the name Caya.

Calling all women with Essure. In response to a growing campaign for a review of the permanent birth control method Essure, the FDA has scheduled a public meeting to learn more about women's experiences.

Can you get an STD from oral sex? Dr. Valerie French goes into detail about STI risk and prevention related to oral sex, covering HPV, herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV.

How to use barrier methods like a pro. What do condoms, female condoms, the diaphragm, the cervical cap, and the sponge all have in common? They all literally put a barrier between sperm and egg. These barrier methods aren't as effective as many other methods, but they're generally easy to get, cheap (or free) and can be doubled up with other methods. Oh, and they work best if you use them like a pro.

Happy readingand enjoy what remains of summer!

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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Elizabeth Anne Hill is the Director of Marketing at The National Campaign. She focuses on the Bedsider.org and StayTeen.org brands where she manages multi-channel marketing efforts in both traditional and digital media spaces. She also supports the Campaign’s key programs and initiatives.

Elizabeth Anne cut her teeth in marketing at the National Football League where she did market research and brand management. After a brief stint teaching English overseas, she came back to a marketing function at Racing UK, a subscription television channel in the British horseracing industry. From there, she moved to Las Vegas where she managed licensing, sponsorship, and brand marketing for the World Series of Poker and then became the Director of Marketing for Caesars Interactive Entertainment. In this role, she helped launch three of the company’s online real money gaming products in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Rotterdam School of Business (MBA), Elizabeth Anne now lives in Potomac, MD with her husband, two children, and two rescue mutts.

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Authored by: Jessica Sheets Pika

Jessica Sheets Pika is the Director of Communications at The National Campaign. In that capacity, Jessica is the community manager and content strategist for The National Campaign’s award winning websites, www.TheNationalCampaign.org (the Campaign’s corporate website) and www.StayTeen.org (the Campaign’s teen website). She curates and writes content, manages consultants and content contributors, handles both sites’ social media presences, and develops new activities and content areas for both sites. In addition, Jessica handles press initiatives, spearheads the design and creation of new National Campaign materials, and provides general communications and editorial guidance to all program areas of the Campaign.

Jessica joined The National Campaign in 2006 and has nearly 15 years of experience in the non-profit health care world. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Wake Forest University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, her adorable son, and their dog, Cora.

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