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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.

Meet the Planned Parenthood Transgender Care Team

Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri has an amazing transgender care team ready to serve you and meet all of your health care needs. Planned Parenthood provides the full range of reproductive health care services for the gender expansive community.

May 24, 2021

How Effective is the Birth Control Shot?

The shot is a birth control method made of the hormone progestin. It's like a hormone made by your body and keeps you from getting pregnant.

Feb. 13, 2021

Everything You Need to Know about Getting an IUD

Intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are small, t-shaped pieces of plastic that are put into the uterus. Before getting an IUD, it's important to know the most common benefits, risks, side effects and other birth control choices you have.

Sept. 25, 2020

Everything you need to know about the patch, pill and ring

The patch, pill and ring are birth control methods made with the hormones estrogen and progestin. They prevent you from getting pregnant by stopping the eggs from leaving the ovaries and making it harder for sperm to get to the eggs.

June 30, 2020

What are sexual health services and when should I get them?

Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive health care. Our doors are open to everyone. But, what does it mean to get sexual and reproductive health care? What services can people get at Planned Parenthood?

June 4, 2020

How to Prevent Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sex with your partner may be safe from the coronavirus, but preventing pregnancy may be an issue as stores close and supplies dwindle. Here are a few ways to help you prevent pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10, 2020

Stay safe on Valentine's Day with a safer sex kit from Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is working with several St. Louis area bars and restaurants to pass out safer sex kits and help address the growing public health crisis. It doesn’t matter how you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day, just make sure to do it safely.

Feb. 14, 2020

How the Birth Control Implant Works

Nexplanon is the brand name, but the birth control implant is a tiny rod that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It works for years, and once you get it, you don't have to think about it. It can also be removed at any time.

Dec. 1, 2019

I Forgot to Take Birth Control: What Do I Do?

If you miss pills or start your pack late, the birth control pills may not work as well. The chances of getting pregnancy depend on when and how many pills you missed. Learn more about what to do if you forget to take your birth control pill.

Nov. 4, 2019