Sex in the news: May edition

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.

  1. 7 Things to Know About Birth Control If You Are Transgender or Non-Binary (Teen Vogue)

    Most people—wherever they fall on the gender spectrum—will want to find a contraceptive option at some point in their lives. But for trans and nonbinary people, there may be some special considerations to keep in mind.

  2. Can You Get Birth Control Without Your Parents Knowing? It Depends, But Here’s How (Elite Daily)

    If you’re fortunate enough to be covered through your parents’ health insurance plan—but aren’t comfortable with them knowing about your birth control use—here’s how to get some privacy.

  3. Withdrawal Bleeds Are Totally Different From A Period & Here’s What You Should Know (Bustle)

    If you’re on hormonal birth control, then you may associate your placebo week or week off from the ring or patch with the arrival of your period. However, the bleeding you experience when you’re on hormonal birth control is actually a withdrawal bleed, not a real period. Here’s what you need to know about withdrawal bleeding.

  4. What Actually Happens When You Skip a Birth Control Pill? We Asked a Doc (The Thirty)

    Realizing you forgot to take your birth control pill can be panic-inducing. Get a game plan beforehand so you know what to do.

  5. Can Your Vagina Be Too Tight For Sex? (Women’s Health)

    There are many reasons why people with vaginas may feel dry or too tight when having penetrative sex or using toys. This article runs down the reasons you may feel that way and how to get relief.

  6. Here’s How To Have Safe Sex When You’re Dating People Casually, Because It’s So Important (Elite Daily)

    Casual flings can be fun and exciting as you explore your likes and dislikes between the sheets without a huge commitment. But what do you need to know to stay on top of your sexual health while having casual sex? This article will help you discover some ways to protect yourself (and your partner) from pregnancy and STI transmission.

  7. All of Your Emergency-Contraception Q’s, Answered (Glamour)

    If you’ve ever found yourself in need of emergency contraception (or simply desire to conduct your own research on it) you may have had questions surrounding where to get it, how much it costs, and when to use it. This article answers all your most pressing questions about EC.

  8. 5 Signs You Might Wanna Switch Your Birth Control (Cosmopolitan)

    There are many reasons why people try more than one type of birth control—from side effects to ease of access. Here are five signs that you may want to consider switching your method.

  9. The Biggest Myths About Sex Positions That Will “Get You Pregnant,” According To OB/GYNs (Elite Daily)

    Here OB/GYNs address myths about certain sex positions being more likely to lead to pregnancy. When it comes to penis-in-vagina sex, there are no positions that are more or less likely to lead to pregnancy. Any time sperm has a chance to meet up with an egg, pregnancy can happen.

  10. Can You Travel With Plan B? You Should Be OK Bringing The Morning-After Pill (Bustle)

    Vacations are beautiful things, from taking in the greenery on a road trip to the feeling of sand between your toes. Wherever your vacation takes you, it’s always a good idea to pack emergency contraception so you’re prepared, especially if you’re traveling to another country where it may not be available over the counter.

Written by Amiya Perkins

Amiya Perkins is the Communications Coordinator at Power to Decide and a contributing writer for Bedsider. When she’s not working, you can find her lying on the beach, shopping at the nearest mall, or binge-watching reruns of her favorite 90s sitcoms.