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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.

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

Everything You Need to Know About Condoms

External condoms and internal condoms are barrier methods of birth control. They prevent pregnancy by preventing sperm from entering the vagina and joining the egg. Are condoms the right birth control for you? Here's everything you need to know about this barrier birth control method.

Oct. 31, 2019

Free birth control? It’s possible at Planned Parenthood with The Right Time

The Right Time is a six-year, statewide initiative to help Missourians access birth control. Participating health centers like Planned Parenthood seek to empower individuals to take control of their health by improving information about, and removing barriers to, contraception.

Sept. 17, 2019

Is your IUD or implant expiring? We can help!

Previous research suggests both the Nexplanon implant and Mirena IUD remain effective for at least another 12 months.

Nov. 5, 2018

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

Trump Has an Abstinence-Only Vision for Federally Funded Family Planning Programs

The program, known as Title X, is the only federal program in the United States dedicated solely to affordable family planning and sexual care.

May 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

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