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Here’s a Secret: Size Really Does Matter

Condoms are 98 percent effective when used perfectly, but only 82 percent effective with typical use. Wearing a condom that is too small or too big can impact how effective a condom is at preventing pregnancy.

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Virginia Governor Proposes Eliminating Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s proposed budget would cut the entire $455,000 in state funding to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative which supports programs at schools and clinics in seven health districts, including Alexandria, which have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the state.

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IUDs Become More Popular in the United States

Once a very unpopular method of contraception, the IUD is making a comeback as an increasing number of women adopt this method of contraception.  A new study suggests that this is due to product improvements, increased access, and a better reputation, among other factors. 

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Anti-choice Politicians Beware: Large Majority Strongly Opposes Republican Leadership’s “Plans” for Women

A more than two-thirds majority of voters–including those who voted for Republican/Tea Party candidates in the November 2010 election–strongly oppose the House Republican leadership’s declaration of war on women.

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Just Facts: Is It Harmful to Take Emergency Contraception Multiple Times?

What is emergency contraception?  And is it harmful to keep taking it?

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So, About that Teen Sex and Poor Grades Study…

I dug deeper on the Sex and School study, and found a great deal of misinformation being reported about it. For starters, the results were misrepresented, and the words used in many headlines are nowhere in the study itself.

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FDA Should Act Quickly to Approve New Emergency Contraceptive

The FDA is considering approval of a new pregnancy prevention option.  Anti-choicers are, unsurprisingly, opposing approval of and expanded access to the method.

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Got Condoms? You Can Be Arrested in New York

Under New York State law, carrying condoms is admissible as evidence of prostitution in a legal case. This means practicing safer sex is one more thing that can lead a sex worker to get arrested.

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Crowdsourcing Condoms: Where They Are and Are Not

Condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. But finding them in a store can require the tracking skills of a bloodhound. An investigative report by Wendy Norris on access to condoms in Colorado, including an interactive map.

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Love the Glove: Ten Great Reasons to Use Condoms You Might Not Have Heard Yet

At the present time, the United States now leads the world when it comes to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). And not in a Whoohoo, go USA!
kind of way.

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