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The diaphragm is hormone-free and gives me total control

Here’s the thing about using a diaphragm for birth control in 2019: people often think you’re a little out there. That might be because the last time we saw a diaphragm in popular culture was when Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame got hers stuck inside her vagina and had to turn to Samantha for help to get it out. But even then, in the late 90s and early aughts, diaphragms just weren’t very popular anymore. And yet, I use a diaphragm. In fact, for the past four years it’s been my primary form of birth control—and I’ve never been pregnant. So what is a woman in her early 30s doing using a diaphragm, when there are more popular (and more effective) forms of birth control out there?

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The smell of fall is in the air, pumpkins are filling your Instagram feed, and you’re ready to cozy up on the couch with a cup of hot apple cider and the latest on sex in the news. We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite articles about sexual health and birth control from the past month to make it really easy for you to get the facts on the things that could affect your health while you get into the fall mood.

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Lo Loestrin got my endometriosis under control and changed my life

Have you ever had something make such a profound impact on you that it completely changed your life? That is what my birth control, Lo Loestrin, did for me, and that is why I love it so much. In order to give you the full picture of the impact Lo Loestrin had on my life, I have to walk you through my journey with endometriosis.

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Everything you need to know if you live in one of them

If you live in one of these 12 states, you can’t enroll in an ACA health insurance plan through healthcare.gov—you have to use your state’s marketplace to do so. Here are the open enrollment periods for these 12 states along with links to their marketplaces.

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