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, Education
July 30, 2015

So much of what we do on the Bedsider team is think about devising new ways to make birth control more approachable to the user. We conduct our own research with real women to discover how they learn about different methods. We also try to understand how they ingest birth control information, and analyze the pros and cons of each method in their consideration set. We try to couple this information with feedback from our provider network about what materials work best for them in their practices, and where they could use support. These ongoing efforts have resulted in an exciting new offering in the Bedsider online store: our Top Picks Postcards.

All the birth control basics. None of the B.S. That’s what our latest series of Bedsider postcards offer to those who want to know more about their birth control options.  Our ’Top Picks’ methods include the IUD, implant, patch, pill, ring, shot, condoms, and EC. Each card breaks down everything  from how they work, possible side effects, and what women like about them.  These cards are available as a bundle of all eight cards or in individual packs by method. They are great for getting a quick visual snapshot of what the methods look like alongside the information women say is most important when making a birth control choice. Visit the Bedsider Store to learn more!

Authored by: Elizabeth Anne Hill

Elizabeth Anne Hill is the Director of Marketing at The National Campaign. She focuses on the and 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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July 27, 2015
The image of Miami, Florida as raging cauldron of sexuality often leaves students confused, trying to live up to the hype, and hopping on the sexuality bandwagon. Oftentimes, this bandwagon does not contain adequate information to make informed decisions about the best contraception practices....
Colleges, Contraception, Education, Unplanned Pregnancy
Couple Hugging in Bed
July 22, 2015
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, (the Campaign’s corporate website) and (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.

New data released today by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) include the following juicy nuggets:In 2011–2013, 44% of female teenagers and 47% of male teenagers aged 15–19 have had sex; the percentage has declined significantly, by 14% for female and 22% for male teenagers, over the...
Contraception, Teen Pregnancy, Teens
July 21, 2015
Authored by: Kelleen Kaye

Kelleen Kaye is the Senior Director of Research at The National Campaign. Before joining The National Campaign, she spent 12 years as senior analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, where she developed and oversaw studies on a wide variety of issues related to family formation, poverty and public assistance. She also has worked for the National Opinion Research Center, the New America Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution. She has served on several advisory committees including the Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics and the Interagency Working Group for the National Survey of Family Growth. She has received the Vice President’s Hammer Award for her work on the Fatherhood Initiative and the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for data analyses related to Hurricane Katrina.

Kelleen received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

The evidence continues to pour in regarding positive results from the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, a program that helped increase access to the most effective forms of contraception (long acting reversible contraception, or LARC).  I could focus on the unfortunate fact that funding for this...
Contraception, Public Policy, State and Local, Teen Pregnancy, Teens, Unplanned Pregnancy