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Health Tip: IUD Fast Facts

Posted 18 days ago by

-- An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small T-shaped device that is placed in the uterus by a doctor. The cervix keeps it in place and, once it is in, you typically cannot feel it. Depending on the type of IUD, it can work for 3 to 10 years, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says. An IUD can be removed at any time and, once removed, your ability to get pregnant should go back to...

Sleep-Deprived Teens More Prone to Unsafe Sex: Study

Posted 3 Jun 2019 by

MONDAY, June 3, 2019 – Parents, here's another reason your teenager should get enough sleep: A new study suggests tired teens may be more likely to have unsafe sex. Researchers analyzed data collected from 1,850 teens in Southern California between 2013 and 2017. The participants were 16 in 2013. Teens who consistently did not get enough sleep at any time during the week were nearly twice as...

STDs: A Serious Health Threat at Every Age

Posted 8 May 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, May 8, 2019 – If you're back on the dating scene after being in a monogamous relationship, know that STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases, aren't just a concern for teens and people in their 20s. STD rates are rising in older adults. STDs are usually caused by viruses or bacteria and can be spread from person to person through any type of sexual contact that involves the skin, body...

Legacy of Gulf War Deployment: Higher Risk of Minor Birth Defects

Posted 16 Apr 2019 by

TUESDAY, April 16, 2019 – Here's bad news for some women in the military: An increased risk of minor birth defects was found among U.S. female veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War. Researchers examined data on minor and major birth defects among 788 children born to 522 Gulf War-era female and male veterans who were and were not deployed during the war. Women accounted for almost 30 percent of the...

Birth Control Pills May Protect Against Most Serious Ovarian Cancer: Study

Posted 3 Apr 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2019 – The protection that birth control pills offer against ovarian cancer is strongest with the most aggressive forms of the disease, a new study says. For several years, researchers have noted that women who have used oral contraceptives are less likely to develop ovarian cancer. This study took a closer look at that link. Researchers at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer...

'Cocktail' Approach Offers Early Hope for New Male Contraceptive

Posted 30 Jan 2019 by

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 30, 2019 – The research is in its early days, but Chinese scientists say they're using bartenders' tricks to stir up a new, reversible male contraceptive. In experiments with rats, the method successfully kept sexually active males from impregnating females for more than two months. "The two most widely used male contraceptives are condom and vasectomy," noted a team led by...

New Birth Control Skin Patch Being Developed

Posted 15 Jan 2019 by

A skin patch that provides a month's worth of birth control for women is being developed by U.S. researchers. The patch, which can be pressed into an arm or leg, has dissolvable microneedles that implant into the skin and slowly dissolve over time, delivering a contraceptive hormone, NBC News reported. No doctor visit is needed, according to the Georgia Tech team. Their research was published...

Teen Birth Control Use Up, But Still Too Many Unwanted Pregnancies

Posted 15 Jan 2019 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 15, 2019 – Today's teens are better at using birth control when they first become sexually active, but many unexpected pregnancies still occur, new research finds. Teens who didn't use birth control during their first month of sexual activity faced nearly a fourfold increase in the risk of an unwanted pregnancy within three months, the study found. "Our findings suggest that early...

#MeToo Sparked Surge in Awareness About Sexual Harassment: Study

Posted 22 Dec 2018 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 21, 2018 – Hundreds of thousands of women have used the #MeToo hashtag to speak out about sexual harassment and assault during the past year. Now there's evidence that the #MeToo movement sparked more than mere conversation about sexual abuse in the United States. Google searches for information about sexual harassment and assault – as well as reporting or preventing such behavior...

For College Students, 'Hookup Sex' More Intimate Than Thought

Posted 11 Dec 2018 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – Intimacy plays a larger role in casual sex among college students than previously thought, a new U.S. study reports. Researchers analyzed the results of an online survey that asked several hundred students at a university in the Northeast about their romantic relationships and casual sex. As expected, affectionate and intimate activities – such as cuddling, spending the...

How Your Mother's Love Life May Affect Your Own

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – Like mother, like child? Your mother's romantic history may influence how many partners you have, a new study claims. "Our results suggest that mothers may have certain characteristics that make them more or less desirable on the marriage market, and better or worse at relationships," said study lead author Claire Kamp Dush, an associate professor of human sciences and...

Parents Teach Firstborns About Sex, But Not Their Later Kids

Posted 28 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 28, 2018 – Younger siblings are less likely than firstborns to hear about the birds and the bees from their parents, a new study suggests. Instead, they may learn what's what from their older brothers and sisters, British researchers report. "Although there has been much research into how the order in which children are born into a family may impact psychological or social...

Newer Birth Control Pills Tied to Lower Odds for Ovarian Cancer

Posted 27 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 26, 2018 (HealthDay – News) – There's long been a connection between birth control pills and a reduced risk of ovarian cancer. Now, new research suggests that's true for the latest form of the drug, as well. Scientists say the protective effect of the newer pills – which contain lower doses of estrogens and different progestogens – rose over time and persisted for several...

Fewer American Teens Having Sex, Most Using Birth Control

Posted 21 Sep 2018 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 21, 2018 – In a finding that should ease parents' minds, new research shows that fewer American teens are having sex and most of those who do are using some form of birth control. But scientists also found that sexual violence has become more common among high school students and condom use has declined. "Many young people become sexually active during high school," said study...

Obamacare May Have Boosted Access to Birth Control

Posted 31 Aug 2018 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 – Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act, also called Obamacare, may close a big gap in women's access to reproductive health care, a new study suggests. In a survey of nearly 1,200 women of childbearing age enrolled in Michigan's expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults, one in three said the expanded coverage improved her access to birth control and family...

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