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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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Because birth control isn't one-size-fits-all

I spoke to four plus-size women—Chaya, Sarah, Liz, and Monica—and asked them to be as honest as possible about their experiences with birth control, including what has worked for them and what hasn’t. They talked about the stuff that surrounds the birth control convo that we almost never hear about. Here’s what they had to say:

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Why sterilization gave me a sense of peace that no other method has

In spring of last year, I finally got it: a referral to a surgeon to discuss my sterilization. I prepared my plea ahead of time: I’ve always been sure I don’t want to go through pregnancy and bear a child; if we change our minds, my fiancée (now wife) can have kids biologically; I have a bunch of kids in my life that I help care for already; and this would be gender-validating surgery for me.

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