Female Condoms May Be Your New Best Friend

Image via Spread the Health The female condom still has a long way to go in gaining popularity in the U.S. Often I hear it mentioned in the same sentence with the diaphragm, which is a cervical barrier your grandmother may have used. Unlike the female condom, however, the diaphragm only protects a women from…

Condomology 101

Yes, you’ve read it right, condomology – the study of condoms. Condoms are among the most used contraceptives in the U.S. by people who are not in a long-term or monogamous relationship. There’s an easy explanation: it’s the only contraceptive that protects against both pregnancy and STDs. However, not everyone is a big fan. Apart…

Having The STD Talk With A New Partner

We know that talking with a potential partner about getting tested for STDs – or telling them you already have an STD – can be scary and feel like a major arousal kill. Even though it is awkward, open communication about STDs is crucial for relationship success! Talking to your friends about your current situation,…

Types Of Birth Control Methods For Men And Women

Before we get started, it should be noted that while birth control methods are meant to prevent pregnancy, they may not have any effect, or limited effect, on protecting against STDs. The costs of each kind of method vary depending on your health care coverage and location. Abstinence and withdrawal are the only methods that…

Parents – When Your Teen Is Sexually Active

As a follow-up to our other post on talking to your teen about sex, we wanted to offer some advice to parents about how to talk with their teen who already is sexually active or is contemplating becoming sexually active in the near future. So many teens are sexually active – 7 out of 10…

Do you have Herpes?

Chances are, unless you are a virgin, you’ve at least been exposed to herpes. Eeek, right?! Well, chances are you’ve probably never been tested for it, either. Many people are familiar with oral herpes, aka HSV-I, which usually manifests around the mouth area. But most people are ill-informed about genital herpes, aka HSV-II, which usually…