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Care Connection

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak. - Audre Lorde

Care Connection is a sexual and reproductive health blog by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

Get Yourself Tested for STDs and Put Your Body First

April is STD Awareness Month. STD testing not only prevents future health problems, but it’s also a great way to put your body and yourself first.

April 13, 2018

Health care for everyone, everywhere for World Health Day

One thing none of us should take for granted is our health.

April 6, 2018

When to Start Talking to Your Kids About Sex

It's never too early to start talking to your kids about sex. There are ways, as parents, to have a healthy conversation with your kids about sex that's informational and age appropriate.

March 21, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions about Emergency Contraception

There's a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding emergency contraception, also known as Plan B or the morning-after pill. Get your questions answered and your facts straight!

Feb. 28, 2018

STI Testing: New Research to Test for Little-Known STIs

Our research team is currently conducting research using a new STI test for detection of the sexually transmitted infections Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) and Mycoplasma genitalium (MG).

Feb. 23, 2018

What You Can Do to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections can be easily treated with the right antibiotics, but there are plenty of things you can do to prevent one from happening in the first place.

Feb. 13, 2018

Special Enrollment in Missouri: What You Need to Know

There is a Special Enrollment Period specific to Missouri! If you or a family member were enrolled through a Marketplace Anthem plan in 2017, you may be able to sign up for health insurance during a SEP that lasts until Feb 28.

Jan. 23, 2018

All About Consent: What Does It Really Mean?

When it comes to sex, consent is not a one-time act. Learn more about what consent means and what to do if your partner is unsure or doesn't consent.

Jan. 12, 2018

Cervical Health 101 for Cervical Health Awareness Month

What is the cervix? What roles does it serve in our bodies? Why do we need to pay close attention to its health?

Jan. 11, 2018