By Eva

What is it? A cervical cap is a silicone cup that you insert in your vagina to cover your cervix. It’s about an inch and half wide and one inch high. The only brand available is called the FemCap. How does it work? By covering the cervix, it prevents sperm from reach the egg in the uterus. It is recommended to also use with spermicide for extra protection. How do you use it? Be sure to insert it several hours before you have sex and leave it in six hours after sex. Make sure to not leave it in…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? Genital warts are skin-colored or whitish bumps that appear on your genitals or anus. The warts are common and caused by certain types of HPV. As much as they are annoying, luckily, they are easily treated and are not dangerous for your health. How do you get it? You get genital warts from having skin-to-skin contact with someone who’s infected, often during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Which means that the virus can be transmitted even though no one cums, or even without penetration if there is skin contact. You might even be infected without being…Read More

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By Eva

What is it? The shot (Depo-Provera) is a contraceptive injection that keeps you from getting pregnant. Once you take the shot you are covered for three full months. There is nothing else you have to do. How does it work? The shot contains progestin, a hormone that prevents ovulation, or the release of eggs from the ovaries. It also works by thickening your cervical mucus, which block sperm from getting to the egg. How do you use it? The shot is quite easy; just remember to have regular appointments with your healthcare provider every three months to administer the…Read More

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By kirsten

If you’ve never been to a gynecologist, it’s completely normal to be a little nervous. I know I was! But you should know that there is nothing to worry about. Your gynecologist is there to help you. If it’s your first visit, you might be wondering what to expect and why you need to go in the first place. Some of the main reasons women visit the gynecologist can include discussing birth control options, learning about how to prevent and test for STI’s, annual pelvic exams, and getting screened for reproductive cancer. When Should I See a Gynecologist? Typically,…Read More

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By Eva

This is my story about switching methods - remember that this doesn't mean it will be the same for everyone! The combination pill I remember the day I decided to stop taking Yasmin. It was a hot summer day and I was wearing my favorite orange skirt. I was walking to the store with my boyfriend at the time and I was so mad! I don’t remember why, but I was really angry and I felt I would cry at anytime. I was especially mad at my boyfriend, and I excused it with “you get more mad at the…Read More

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By Maryam

Now, users in North Carolina will be able to use our birth control app to get a prescription for their birth control and have it sent right to their door! As a special welcoming gift to all new North Carolinian users, we are offering FREE BIRTH CONTROL to new users! To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code ‘NORTHCAROLINA’ at checkout. Users will receive $30 off their order, which equates to up to two months of free birth control. Discount does not apply to emergency contraception…Read More

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By marthe

Hitting up the health center again, awkwardly standing in line to get tested, and for what?  “I feel fine, I’m sure Jack, or John, or what's-his-name is STI- free.” Well, that’s the thing though, you never know. If not careful, yesterday's bliss can easily result in tomorrow’s pain. Girl, take charge of your sex life and practice safe sex. Being prepared, being ready, and being safe is healthy and wise. Safe sex is a term of protecting yourself and your partner(s) from sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancies. Many are not aware of the risk they pose from having…Read More

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By marthe

Life as we know it can be overwhelming and stressful at times. Take it from me, ex-professional stressor. Maybe you have finals coming up, someone close to you is ill, or maybe there is just too many things on your plate at once. It is all perfectly normal, but by sneaking in some de-stressing, your everyday life will improve significantly. Why so stressed? The first step is always to understand what is exactly stressing you. The National Institute of Mental Health definition of stress is "the brain's response to any demand,". Sometimes it's painfully obvious what that is, other times…Read More

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By marthe

It's time to learn all about syphilis! What is it? Syphilis is a bacterial infection that’s spread through sex and is easily cured with antibiotic medicine. Syphilis causes sores on your genitals, that’s called chancres, these are often painless and not that easy to notice. The infection is one of the more severe ones if it’s not treated, as it can cause permanent damage. Worst case scenario if not treated, is brain damage, paralysis, and blindness. How do you get it? Syphilis is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The way in which to prevent it is by…Read More

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By marthe

Let me take you back to the Fall of 2007. It was a normal day - I was wearing my standard uniform of skinny jeans and Uggs while dancing in the schoolyard to "Umbrella." As I hurried in to change for P.E., I immediately was struck with a very familiar sensation spreading throughout my insides. My period had arrived. And this is why I started using birth control. My temperature rose into a burning fever while sudden dizziness and hot sweats took over- not to mention the feeling that someone was also stabbing my uterus from the inside. The only thing…Read More

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By Maryam

Finding the right contraceptive may seem overwhelming. After all, there are over 100 different brands of oral contraceptives, which come in two forms. These are the combination pill and the mini-pill. So, what are the differences between the combination pill and the mini-pill, anyway? Many people do not know the difference between these pills, or that two types even exist. So, we figured we'd make it as easy as possible to understand. Combination Pill More commonly known as 'the Pill', combination pills are the most popular type of birth control pill. Combination pills use both estrogen and progestin to…Read More

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By Eva

Not into the idea of taking a pill every day or inserting anything in your vagina? Maybe you should consider the patch, or Xulane (the brand name). You only need to change it once a week, and it goes directly on your skin. What is it? Xulane (the patch) is a thin, beige (it only comes in the color beige) piece of plastic that you stick to your skin. It's kind of like a Band-Aid that prevents pregnancy. How do you use it? Simply apply the patch each week for three weeks, then remove it the fourth week to…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The IUD or intrauterine device is a little T-shaped plastic object that is placed into your uterus by a provider. In the US, there are five different types you can choose from.  There is both a hormonal and non hormonal option that prevents pregnancy from three to twelve (!) years.  Hormonal The hormonal IUDs are Mirena, Skyla, Kyleena and Liletta. They are all the same shape - tiny, plastic and T-shaped and each release a small dose of the synthetic hormone progestin called levonorgestrel. This thickens the cervical mucus, making it very difficult for sperm to…Read More

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By Maryam

As part of our Changemaker's series, we are interviewing passionate advocates that are diligently working to ensure our reproductive rights are realized.   Emily Kadar from the National Institute of Reproductive Health talks about the societal barriers preventing reproductive justice and access to birth control. What do you think is missing in our system in terms of reproductive health care access that most people are unaware of? EK: We need to tackle systemic racism, which affects all corners of our society, including reproductive health. Black mothers who fear for the safety of their children are being denied full reproductive freedom.…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The implant, (brand name: Nexplanon), is a hormonal contraceptive that is inserted under your skin on your upper arm. Sounds creepy but it is a small rod that you won’t notice or feel. It releases a low dose of progestin into your body, similar to the mini-pill. How do you use it? The implant is inserted by a doctor and left for up to four years. You can take it out whenever you want. The main take away is that you don’t have to do anything for four years in order to not get pregnant. How much…Read More

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By marthe

What is it? The ring is a small, plastic, flexible ring that you literally put in your vagina. It then will continuously release low doses of progesterone and estrogen. This prevents eggs from releasing from the ovaries as well as thickens the cervical mucus (to block the sperm from the egg).  The ring is about as effective as the pill if you use it correctly. So, how do you use it? You put it in your vagina, either twist it or make it into a small ball before inserting it. Once inside, leave it in there for three weeks,…Read More

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By Maryam

The strategic efforts dedicated to ripping away our reproductive rights are fully fledged and relentless. When we filter out the anger, confusion and helplessness, the only thing that remains is the pressing question: What can we do? Well, we chatted with Emily Kadar from the National Institute for Reproductive Health who gave us strategies for plugging into the reproductive justice movement. During a time with major impending threats to our reproductive rights, how can we get involved? EK: "I would urge everyone to get involved in the fight for reproductive rights, health, and justice at the local and state level.…Read More

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By marthe

Hello everyone in the The Garden State! We now serve New Jersey! Now, users in New Jersey will be able to use our birth control app to get a prescription for their birth control and have it sent right to their door! As a special welcoming gift to all new New Jersey users, we are offering FREE BIRTH CONTROL to new users! To get the deal, users must visit Nurx.com, create a Nurx account, pick their brand of choice, and enter promo code ‘NEW JERSEY’ at checkout. Users will receive $30 off their order, which equates to up to…Read More

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