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Teen Sex Ed Taught Mostly by Schools, Families, Study Shows

Girls are more likely than boys to be exposed to information about hormonal birth control. Source: Getty
Ask most parents, and they'll agree it's crucial kids receive accurate, trusted information about sexual issues.
But while you...
Schools and family are the most common and trusted sources when it comes to sex ed.

Should Health Insurers Be Required to Offer Free Contraceptives?

It's unclear whether the health care bill includes free contraceptives. Credit: Getty Images The health care bill is a hot topic these days, and a story in The New York Times today says that the bill requires health insurers to cover...When it comes to the health care bill, the question is whether or not "preventive health services" includes contraceptives and other family planning services for women.

Contraception Could Be Free Under Health Care Law

The new health care law could cover birth control. Credit: Mike Derer, AP
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fifty years after the pill, another birth control revolution may be on the horizon: free contraception for women in the U.S., thanks to the new health...
A panel of experts advising the government meets in November to begin considering what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no cost to the patient, as required under President Barack Obama's overhaul.

Free Female Condoms for D.C. High Schoolers

Condoms -- they're not just for guys anymore. Washington, D.C. officials announced that 500,000 female condoms will be distributed free of charge in areas of the city that have been found to have high rates of HIV. The prophylactics will be...

Abstinence Education to Blame for Rise in Teen Pregnancy Rates, Report Finds

Teen pregnancies are on the rise again. Credit: jupiterimages
After a long period of decline, teen pregnancy rates are on the rise again and experts say that abstinence-only programs, the media and absent parents are to blame. A Jan. 26...

Teen Jobs, Finding Time, and More - Links We Love

Should teens work or concentrate on their studies? Photo Credit: quinn.anya, Flickr
Any mother who's ever hovered nearby during a clumsy toddler's first swim will know what this seal mom is going through. Cute! -- Lemondrop Summer fun: The...

Tricking Hubby Into Fatherhood

How far would you go to have another baby? Image: sxc.hu
When a couple marries, it is generally understood that there will be no secrets between them. Well, there may be a few secrets, but certainly nothing major and life-changing, right? Wrong....

Bristol Palin Backtracks on Abstinence Views

Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah and mother of Tripp, recently made headlines after voicing her opinion about abstinence. A teen mother herself, Bristol told Greta Van Susteren back in February that "everyone should be abstinent, but it's just not...

Vasectomies on the Rise - A Sign of the Times?

For some parents, making the decision to stop having kids is a tough one. It's a door that some just want to leave open ... just in case. But if there's one thing that a pessimistic economy makes simpler, it's that question: "Should we or shouldn't...

Dutch may force bad mothers to use contraception

It's not a bad idea, in an abstract, theoretical way. If you can't take care of the kids you have, you probably shouldn't oughta be having any more. It's even been tried, on a very limited and very optional basis, by offering incentives. The Dutch,...

Vasectomy - the new condom in your wallet

While it's not standard operating procedure, it's not uncommon for an older gentleman who is done having kids to get a vasectomy. When it comes to having sex, I imagine it is a much more convenient and efficient method of birth control than using a...

Contraception is abortion says Bush administration

According to the definition of abortion contained in a new proposal -- "any of the various procedures -- including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action -- that results in...

Teen births on the rise in U.S.

Back in July, the National Center for Health Statistics reported that based on 2005 numbers, the teen birthrate in the U.S. was lower than it had ever been. Now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released numbers for the period...

Female condom gets a redesign

When the female condom was introduced in the late 1990's, it didn't go over so well. Women talk about these things and I have never known one single person who ever tried one. Apparently, there was a "yuck factor" with couples finding them awkward,...

Another side of school birth control

One of the most important parts of the pharmacy software I worked on when I worked for Long's Drugs was responsible for ensuring that patients weren't dispensed medicines that would interfere with each other or, even work, interact negatively. A...

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