Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
I'm 20 and I want to get an IUD. I will have safe sex unless I'm monogamous. Thoughts?
IUDs are great but they're not right for everyone. You can read my past post about them here. The FDA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed their recommendations a few years ago so women who havent had children are candidates for the IUD.
The hitch for young women can sometimes be getting a provider who will acutally insert an IUD for you. Unlike writing a prescription for a drug, not all doctors or nurse practitioners are trained to insert IUDs, so your doctor may not be able to do it. Call and find out. I hear from women regularly that if they bring up the IUD during their regular annual appointment, they get the brush off. So you should call your doc's office and find out if they even do IUDs and, if they do, you'll need to schedule an "IUD consultation" where they will measure your uterus to make sure it can hold an IUD and run some STI tests to make sure you get treatment for anything that's hanging out in your girl parts.
If your doctor doesn't do IUDs, call your local Planned Parenthood clinic.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I'm pretty sure this isn't what Nancy Reagan meant...
I didn't think it was possible, but after a close reading of the Texas Essential Knowledge Standards for Health Education (better known to Texans as the TEKS), it turns out Texas isn't in favor of abstinence after all!
From Chapter 115 of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Health Education Subchapter C. High School:
115.32, b. 7: (G) analyze the relationship between the use of
refusal skills and the avoidance of unsafe situations such as sexual abstinence (emphasis mine)
Apparently the most urgent need in Texas education is a thorough understanding of sentence construction since I'm pretty sure they don't want people like me to teach students to just say no to abstinence. But considering what the wingnuts over at the Heritage Foundation are up to these days, they clearly think that we are, in fact, teaching kids that abstinence is unsafe. Except, actually, we're kind of right...
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Don't get me wrong, I like high-quality kitchen appliances as much as the next girl (and I actually know how to cook, zing!) but when I'm thinking about what influence I want to have on the young married life of my closest friends, I'm thinking less "KitchenAid" and more "marital aid."