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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.

REPORT: The Future of Abortion Access in Illinois

The new predictive data showing patient surges in the coming years is part of PPSLRSWMO’s Future of Abortion Access (FAB) work to prepare for the impact of a narrowing abortion access landscape.

Oct. 13, 2021

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

Open Enrollment ends December 15: Get health insurance now

There’s still time to enroll in health insurance, but the deadline is rapidly approaching. Tuesday, Dec. 15 is the last day people can enroll in comprehensive health insurance for 2021. Those who miss the deadline risk being uninsured next year.

Dec. 11, 2020

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

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

Telehealth is here at Planned Parenthood - Make an Appointment [Podcast]

Telehealth is creating a safe and convenient future for health care. People who have used it, like it. Learn how it works at Planned Parenthood and how to make an appointment regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

Sept. 10, 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

How to Get Tested for STIs At Home

Although telehealth wasn’t a new concept prior to COVID-19, many more health services are available virtually to keep patients safe while also meeting their health care needs during the pandemic. At Planned Parenthood, one of those available services is STI testing! Patients can now get tested for STIs at home, and here’s how to do it:

Aug. 11, 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