2016 marks the 20th anniversary of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the organization responsible for Bedsider. This month, The National Campaign is launching a 9-month initiative to celebrate the accomplishments of those 20 years and highlight the critical work that remains to be done. The goal of the Our Story + Yours initiative is to stir a renewed sense of urgency about preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy. Our Story + Yours will highlight a different issue each month through personal narratives and data.
Learn more about this initiative and follow the social media conversation at: thenationalcampaign.org/theNC20. And if you use Twitter, please considering helping us kick off Our Story + Yours with a tweet of support. (Below are a few sample tweets, or feel free to write your own.)
Celebrating two decades of reducing teen pregnancy with @TheNC! Teens and young women deserve the power to decide their future. #TheNC20
Congrats to @TheNC on 20 years! Teen birth rate is down 61% since 1991 but progress is not victory #TheNC20 thenationalcampaign.org/theNC20
Teen pregnancy rates are down but progress remains uneven. Proud to stand with @TheNC to give teens & families brighter futures. #TheNC20
Trending on Bedsider: Spotlight on Texas
Starting this month, in every provider update we’ll share interesting tidbits about Bedsider users on a state or local level. First up, the Lone Star State! Here’s are a few things we know about what Bedsider users in Texas were up to from March 1 - March 31, 2016.
Number of Texas users: 26,573
Number visiting on a mobile phone: 23,342 (That’s 87.84% of all visits!)
Most visited method: The shot
Most visited Frisky Friday: How to be deliciously, luxuriously, and unapologetically single
New on Bedsider
How well does emergency contraception work?
by Kelly Cleland, MPA, MPH.
A growing number of people have used EC, but there are still some misconceptions out there. One area of confusion has to do with effectiveness. Effectiveness for EC isn’t measured the same way as for other methods—and not all kinds of EC are equally effective. Let’s get into the nitty gritty about how well EC works—including the non-hormonal IUD and EC pills.
How to get birth control delivered right to your door
For a while now, it’s been easy to shop online for non-prescription methods (like condoms and emergency contraception). Now several online services are making it possible to order some prescription methods for home delivery too—all in discreet packaging, of course.
New on Bedsider Providers
Excellent care for LGBTQ patients
by Yvonne Piper, MLIS, MS, RN, FNP
We’ve known for a long time that lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people have health disparities compared to heterosexual and cis-gendered people. LGBTQ people in general and trans folks in particular are medically vulnerable, and bad interactions with providers make them less likely to access care, amplifying this vulnerability. So what can we do to be part of the solution?
Nobody’s perfect: Pill efficacy for the real world
by Colleen Krajewski, MD, MPH
It’s no secret that many women’s health care providers use IUDs, likely because they have the highest efficacy and continuation rates. But the most common method of birth control among our patients remains the pill. The pill is advertised as having 99% efficacy, but in real life we know that about it’s closer to 90%. That means about one in 10 women will have an unplanned pregnancy while using this method. How can the advertised number and real life numbers be so different? And what can we do to help our patients narrow the gap between these numbers?
BTW, we’re redesigning Providers.Bedsider.org, so keep an eye out for changes to the site in the coming weeks. If you’d like to stay involved with the Our Story + Yoursinitiative, follow The National Campaign on Twitter or Facebook or visit their website for updates.
We’ll be in touch again soon with more news you can use!