birth control- it’s about more than prevention

First, birth control is not always about preventing pregnancy, some women use birth control to lessen their period cramps, clear up their skin, or make their periods more regular. There are many different methods of birth control, and each one is different so it can suit different women.

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ten ways you can make a difference

Sometimes the only thing more overwhelming than the news is thinking you can’t do anything about it.  When it comes to making a difference, one of the first things that comes to mind for people over the age of 18 is: vote.

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your back to school checklist!

Here’s how:

  • Get to Know Your Rights: Teens in California have a right to comprehensive sex education! Make sure your high school offers sex ed and learn about what topics must be covered in this class. Not getting the information you should be? Let us know! Teens also have a right to access confidential health care services during school hours and to stay in school if they are pregnant or parenting. You also have a right to get FREE and CONFIDENTIAL sexual health services like birth control, STD testing, and more! Be sure you brush up on all of your rights as you head back to school!
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supreme court decisions can affect you! take action and help block judge kavanaugh's nomination.

The Supreme Court of the United States is one of the branches of our federal government. Its role is to make decisions in legal cases. Those decisions become the law of the land and can change what our country looks like. And those laws can affect our daily lives – even teens!

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three tips for visiting a clinic!

It doesn’t matter what age you are, you have a right to high-quality sexual and reproductive health care. But how do you take this important step of owning your own health?

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buying condoms or finding them for free is easy!

What is a condom and why does it matter?

Condoms are the only form of birth control that protects against pregnancy AND Sexually Transmitted Diseases – also known as STDs! They work by blocking sperm (and other fluids). Condoms come in many textures, sizes, colors, and materials. They are 85-98% effective and are easy to find! There are two kinds of condoms, the male condom (or external condom) that goes on the outside of the penis and the female condom (or internal condom) that goes inside the vagina or anus. Female condoms can be more expensive and harder to find, but these tips will work just the same!

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this new bill will make it easier than ever for teens to get free reproductive health services

California has many laws that protect teen’s rights to access FREE and confidential birth control and other reproductive services. Although having a trusted adult to confide in is highly recommended, you don’t actually need an adult’s permission to get birth control, STD testing, and other services.

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lgbt and hpv- what about me?

What’s going on?

The HPV vaccination is a big deal these days. This vaccine works to prevent the most common forms of the human papilloma virus which can cause cervical cancer, throat cancer, anal cancer, and genital warts. The HPV vaccine is super effective! Not only does it prevent cervical pre-cancer and genital warts close to 100% of the time, it reduces the risk of HPV-related cancers in the mouth, penis, and anus. This is really important because HPV is spread through skin-to-skin contact. So while using condoms helps bring down the risk of getting the virus, they don’t completely protect you.

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seven things you may not know about the birth control implant

Happy 12th anniversary to Nexplanon! What is Nexplanon? It’s a birth control implant that is inserted into the upper arm, lasts for up to three years, and is over 99% effective. Nexplanon used to be called Implanon and was approved by the FDA on July 18, 2006. It’s the first, and so far the only, birth control implant. While this method has been used in the US since 2006, there’s still a lot of features about the implant that you might not know.

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syphilis - what do you know?

What’s going on?

When you think of STD’s, syphilis is probably not be the first one on your mind. We usually hear more about Chlamydia and Gonorrhea because they are more common. Syphilis was the lowest in the United States in the year 2000 but has been on the rise ever since.

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