Category Archives: Reproductive Rights

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:

Kiri @ Planned Parenthood

San Diego Women’s March—in the News

This Saturday’s San Diego Women’s March will have major significance for women and everyone who is participating. Continue reading San Diego Women’s March—in the News

The Planned Parenthood Option

Going to Planned Parenthood for reproductive health care is a choice that everyone can make. Continue reading The Planned Parenthood Option

March With Us — Locally

Since the election, Planned Parenthood has received an incredible outpouring of support. We’ve been contacted by many people who are looking to stand together for women’s rights, human rights, and justice for all.

Across the nation, marches are being organized in solidarity with the main Women’s March on Washington, which will be held January 21.

We hope that you will join Planned Parenthood staff, volunteers, and supporters at 10 a.m. on January 21 at the local San Diego Women’s March or at the Riverside Women’s March. Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest will be participating as a contingent in the San Diego Women’s March and at the Riverside Women’s March and anyone who supports human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity is invited to attend.

San Diego Women’s March 
January 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. 
Route: Gather in front of the Civic Center Plaza at 1200 Third Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 
March on Broadway to Harbor Drive and end in front of The County Administration Building.

Another women’s march will be held in North County, San Diego on January 21. While Planned Parenthood will not have a contingent in the North County Women’s March, we do encourage you to attend one of the local marches being planned in San Diego.

North County Women’s March
January 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

11 a.m. Gather at San Marcos City Hall 
12 p.m. March to Palomar Community College 
1 p.m. Rally at Palomar Community College

If you are interested in registering for the North County Women’s March, RSVP to with the email subject line “ATTEND” or “VOLUNTEER”. In the email, include your name.

Riverside Women’s March

January 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Gather in downtown Riverside on Main Street and 6th Street in front of the Eliza Tibbets statue and end in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. statue on Main Street and 9th Street.

If you are interested in registering for the Riverside Women’s March, RSVP to with the email subject line “ATTEND”.

Thank you for your support!

Making friends with Planned Parenthood

Being first-generation Americans in my Lebanese family, my siblings and I were raised in a much different environment than my parents had ever known. I grew up in a conservative, religious Muslim household where sex before marriage was considered taboo. My parents never talked about sex, safe sex, or contraception. As a result, my sisters and brother and I were often left to figure out our own life lessons, forming our individual sets of beliefs based on our personal experiences. This mindset proved to be problematic when all my peers seemed to know so much more about sex while I was left in the dust. I knew sex was not something I felt comfortable discussing with my parents. I relied on the Internet, friends, and my brother for information.

Fortunately, I learned that I was not alone. I learned about safe sex and contraceptives through my friends, who utilized Planned Parenthood’s services. My friends began to use Planned Parenthood for birth control. They shared their experiences with me—about birth control and abortion—and said that Planned Parenthood was a safe environment that they’d go back to.

This summer, I decided to intern for Planned Parenthood to show my appreciation for all the support they offer and the lives they better. They provide a safe place that gives you options and equips you with the tools to make better decisions not only in the present, but in the future. Planned Parenthood is there for my friends, it is there for me, and I want to be there for them.

Shari @ Planned Parenthood

Called to the Cause

Called to Planned Parenthood's cause
Dr. Sierra Washington has been called to Planned Parenthood’s cause.

“Nobody works at Planned Parenthood by accident. Everybody is there because of their call to the mission.” Doctor Washington’s approach to medicine is shaped by the years she lived and worked in Africa, caring for women who were willing to risk their lives to control their own reproductive destiny. This is her story of care.