ARTICLES / Valerie French, MD

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UTIs can be related to sex and birth control, but no worries: you can stop them in their tracks.

You just peed, yet you feel like you have to go back to the bathroom. No matter how many times you sit down on the toilet, you can’t shake that feeling. And when you do pee, it burns. We’ve all...

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There’s been lots of talk, but when will we actually be able to get birth control pills without a prescription?

In recent years there have been plenty of headlines about the birth control pill becoming available over the counter. There has even been a proposal about it in Congress. But what does all of this...

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There's good news and bad news: You can’t get pregnant from oral sex, but you can get a sexually transmitted infection.

While you can’t get pregnant from oral sex, you can get a sexually transmitted infection (STI, a.k.a. STD). The risk of getting an STI from oral sex is a little different from the risk of vaginal...

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Your one-stop shop for the pill, the patch, the ring, barrier methods, and emergency contraception.

UPDATE: Pharmacists in Oregon and California can now prescribe and dispense certain kinds of birth control! —- Whether you have a prescription from a health care provider or just need to stock up...

Birth Control Basics

  • Why should I?

    A few of our favorite reasons why birth control is a very good idea.

  • Hello, birth control

    When it comes to birth control, you’ve got a lot of options.

  • Avoid the gap

    Birth control between boyfriends is smart just in case things get spontaneous.