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Writer/director Joss Whedon has teamed up with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles on the production of a short film. Continue reading Unlocked

Movie Night In!

Hey Gals, Pals, and Everyone In-Between,

If you’re anything like me, you love a nice night curled up in front of a movie. Continue reading Movie Night In!

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

Everybody deserves expert care

A trusted reproductive health care expert and leader in the community for more than 50 years, Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest prides itself on offering high-quality medical services as well as comprehensive education and advocacy programs.

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5 tips for better breast health

Breast health is an important part of preventive care. From staying healthy in general to talking to your doctor if you find a lump, education is key in keeping on top of it. The more you know, the easier it is to take a pro-active approach to breast health—here are five things we recommend.

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Dolores Huerta Stands with Planned Parenthood

 Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta recently took to her blog, featured on the Huffington Post, to voice her strong support for the essential services Planned Parenthood provides – especially for Latinos, who make up 22 percent of patients who receive our services.

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Five Things You Don’t (But Should) Know About Planned Parenthood

  1. We provide more than birth control. We offer preventive care like lifesaving cervical and breast cancer screenings, as well as pregnancy testing and counseling, STD testing and treatment, and abortion services. In addition to reproductive health services, we offer general health care services like cholesterol, diabetes and blood pressure screenings. 

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Now Open in the Imperial Valley

I am so excited to share that our first health center in the Imperial Valley has opened! Finally opening our doors is a tremendous victory for the women and families in this region. Not to mention, it is a huge advancement in our mission: to provide the community with the reproductive health care they want and need.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

More than a half a million breast exams are performed by Planned Parenthood annually. 

We’ve all heard the disturbing statistics. One in eight women will get breast cancer at some point in her life. It is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States. And breast cancer has a particularly devastating impact on women of color.  African-American women have the highest rate of breast cancer among women under 45 years old, and Latinas are 20% more likely to die from breast cancer than white women.

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