Category Archives: Birth Control

Pride 2017 — Peace, love, and 20,000 condoms

Planned Parenthood volunteers, staff, and supporters showed their PRIDE at the 43rd annual San Diego Pride Parade. Planned Parenthood is proud to be part of the LGBT community — many of our patients, staff, volunteers, and supporters are gay, lesbian, transgender, or bisexual people. And we share a fundamental belief that all people should have equal rights, including access to health care.

Close to 150 volunteers distributed 20,000 condoms (the most we’ve ever handed out), 1,000 dental dams, sunscreen, and stickers while others held signs and danced their way through the crowd. Music was provided by DJ Latina. Thank you so much to everyone who helped — whether it was making posters for the big day or participating in the event. Pictures, courtesy of Jeeheon Cho, have been posted to the Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Facebook page. We hope you had a blast!

Sharina @ Planned Parenthood

My Story of Care, by Jacqueline

Growing up in a conservative Hispanic and Catholic home, reproductive health wasn’t a topic that was openly discussed; in fact it was considered quite taboo. Continue reading My Story of Care, by Jacqueline

Video: First a patient…then a volunteer.

Laura has been a Planned Parenthood patient for 8 years. Now she’s volunteering for us, because she wants to give back to the organization that has always provided her with nonjudgmental, compassionate care.

Our Planned Parenthood Patient is on CNN

Watch Ariana explain why the closure of Planned Parenthood in Imperial Valley would cause her to travel to Mexico for her reproductive health care. Ariana is a tremendous speaker and powerful advocate for Planned Parenthood!

 

Stories of Care at Planned Parenthood

Defunding Planned Parenthood would affect millions of women and men who come to us for nonjudgmental, compassionate care. Read on for one woman’s experience at Planned Parenthood: Continue reading Stories of Care at Planned Parenthood

The Transgender Day of Visibility — March 31

On Transgender Day of Visibility, and every day, Planned Parenthood stands with transgender people. We see you. We care about you. We stand in solidarity with you – no matter where you live, no matter what. Continue reading The Transgender Day of Visibility — March 31

Here’s to Your Health!

Resolutions for a healthier you in 2017

Happy New Year from all of us here at Planned Parenthood! This time of year can be both invigorating and challenging. 2016 was a rollercoaster, no matter where you were sitting. It’s natural to feel a little depleted after so many big events, especially considering that we’re also recovering from the holidays. That’s why we believe that 2017 should be the year of self-care.

DID YOU KNOW? A quarter of women don’t know when they need their next breast cancer screening, and over a third of women don’t know when they should get their next cervical cancer screening. Your sexual health is an important component of your general well-being.

Breast Screenings: If you over the age of 21, then you should be receiving regular breast exams from your healthcare provider. Between the ages of 21-39, your healthcare provider should perform a breast exam every 1-3 years. Annual screenings are recommended for women between 40 and 75 years of age.

Cervical Screenings: If you’re in your twenties you should be receiving a Pap test every three years. Between the ages of 30 and 64, you should receive a Pap test or HPV test every 3 years (or every 5 years if you get the two tests together). Women ages 65 and up should consult with their healthcare provider.

Birth Control: The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) named modern contraception (together with family planning) one of the top 10 greatest public health achievements of the 20th century, and its positive impact on social justice and quality of life for many people around the world is hard to overstate. We all know that birth control can help women prevent unwanted pregnancies, and it facilitates having children only if and when a person or family is ready.

But DID YOU KNOW that oral contraceptives have additional non-contraceptive health benefits? They can even help prevent certain types of cancers! In scientific studies, oral contraceptives have been found to be associated with a reduced risk of ovarian and endometrial cancers. Additionally, oral contraceptives are used to treat pain from endometriosis and menstruation, and they help with menstrual regulation. Go birth control!

Treat yourself to health in 2017.

Have questions? We’d love to talk to you! Give us a call at 619-881-4500. Or visit our website: https://www.plannedparenthood.org

Kiri @ Planned Parenthood