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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.

5 Fast Facts about Ella Emergency Contraception

Just like birth control, there is more than one type of emergency contraception. Although it’s casually referred to as “morning-after pill,” emergency contraception can work beyond the morning after unprotected sex. One of those types is Ella, which is the most effective emergency contraception pill available.

Sept. 14, 2020

Learn about Birth Control & Birth Control Cost Options [Podcast]

More than half of the women in the United States are in their childbearing years. The majority do not want an unintended pregnancy. A July 2020 ruling by the Supreme Court exempted businesses, universities and moral objectors from providing birth control with insurance coverage. A person's ability to use contraception to prevent unintended pregnancies is associated with broad health, social and economic benefits.

Aug. 18, 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

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

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