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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.

Syphilis Testing and Treatment: What You Oughta Know

All sexually transmitted infections are important to discuss and treat, and having an STI is incredibly common. However, in Missouri and across the country, syphilis rates are increasing at an alarming rate.

March 15, 2019

Off to college? 4 health care things to keep in mind

There's plenty to think about at college, but make sure health care is one of them. Here are four things you want to find out about your school's health care as soon as you get to campus.

Aug. 29, 2018

5 Planned Parenthood Services You May Not Be Aware Of

When people think of Planned Parenthood, many tend to think of health care services like birth control and pregnancy testing. Although those services are important , they’re not the only services Planned Parenthood offers.

June 25, 2018

I'm a Man. What's Planned Parenthood Got to Do with Me?

In short, everything. Planned Parenthood provides health care to everyone, including men.

June 19, 2018

6 things you should include in your annual wellness exam

There's no better time to get your annual wellness exam than during National Women's Health Week. This week is about making your health a priority, and the annual exam is a great place to start.

May 15, 2018

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

5 Reproductive Health Checkups to Get in 2018

The new year is the perfect time to take care of your health. These five reproductive health checkups will help ensure your healthy in 2018.

Jan. 2, 2018

Have you, or someone you know, gotten your tubes tied (or tried)?

People share their experiences getting their tubes tied or navigating the health care system to get the procedure they want.

Nov. 27, 2017

Teaching consent: Why the “Ann and Paul” skit is more harmful than helpful

It's not enough to teach teens, especially teenage girls, how to say, "no." It's also important to teach how to say, "yes" and how to have a healthy conversation about sex in a relationship.

Nov. 20, 2017