Nearly 3 in 10 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, Media, Unplanned Pregnancy
August 28, 2014

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It’s hard to believe summer is almost over and back-to-school days are upon us. But no one can say we didn’t make the most of the fine weather. Some of us on the Bedsider team fell in love with Pronunciation Manual when we first heard him “pronounce” Chipotle and penis. (Quotation marks mean Pronunciation Manual is parodic and you should pretty much never pronounce anything the way he does. Unless you want to confuse or amuse your listener.) We reached out and ended up with a Bedsider-inspired playlist! What does that mean exactly? Well, it means that we had a chance to get Bedsider in front of Pronunciation Manual’s 230,483 YouTube subscribers, not to mention the many, many folks who view individual videos but aren’t subscribed to the channel. And we got to see how Pronunciation Manual would say amenorrhea.

Meanwhile, back at…

  • IUD insertion: A pinch, a poke, or a serious ouch? IUD insertion is different for everyone—some say it's not a big deal, but studies have shown that for between 10% and 20% of women, pain during insertion can be severe. A recent study found that painful periods predicted a painful IUD insertion. The good news: If period pain and IUD insertion pain are related, maybe treatments for period pain can also address insertion pain. And, folks, this could involve Viagra…
  • Before you stop using condoms… The number of couples relying on condoms tends to go down as relationships last longer, so it’s safe to say a lot of couples start off using them and then switch to another method of birth control when they become exclusive. Dr. Jessica Morse wrote a Provider Perspective on making that transition as easy and safe as possible.
  • Is birth control info missing from chronic condition care? Women who have chronic health conditions are more likely to visit a health care provider regularly than those who don't, yet they’re less likely to be prescribed birth control than women who don’t have a chronic condition. What gives?

Mostly we spent this summer getting ready for what we know is gonna’ be a wild and crazy fall—so enjoy the holiday weekend and stay tuned for more good stuff!

Authored by: Liz Sabatiuk

Liz Sabatiuk is Digital Media Manager 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— and related social media channels. 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.

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