Sex in the news: January 2020 edition

One month in to 2020 and some resolutions may be going strong, some may be hanging by a thread, and some, well, never even existed. If there’s one thing you should commit to, it’s being up to date on the latest sexual health news so you can keep living your best life both in bed and out of it. We’ve rounded up our 10 favorite articles about sexual health and birth control from the past month to make it easy for you to get the facts on the things that could affect your health.

  1. 7 Women’s Health Topics We Need To Talk About In 2020 (NPR)

    From better birth control to women’s rights to gender identity, NPR dives into 7 topics that need to be talked about in 2020. So grab a bottle of wine, gather up your besties, and start talking about the issues surrounding women’s health as we kick off the year.

  2. What Is Adenomyosis? Experts Explain This Common Women’s Health Issue (HuffPost)

    One in ten women live with adenomyosis, but many don’t know they have it, as it’s often mistaken for other conditions. Adenomyosis happens when tissue that is supposed to line the uterus grows inside the muscle of the uterine wall instead. It can cause heavy periods, intense cramps, and many other symptoms. Check out this HuffPost article to learn more about this painful condition.

  3. Should You Call Your Doctor If You Need Emergency Contraception? It Depends (POPSUGAR)

    Did you know that there are three different types of emergency contraception? Two of these are pills (one of which requires a prescription and one of which doesn’t) and one is the copper IUD, the most effective type of emergency contraception. Check out this article to learn about the different types of EC available and why you might choose one over another.

  4. Tracking Your Sex Life With Apps Makes It Super Easy (Bustle)

    Almost everything is trackable either by our watches or phones. Now there are apps that can help improve your sex life. Check out this Bustle article to learn about 7 sex tracking apps that will help you gather actionable data on all aspects of your sex life.

  5. Should I Use Condoms In A Long-Term Relationship? (Bustle)

    It’s a question that has crossed many people’s minds: do you need to use a condom in a long-term relationship? That depends on many factors, including how long you’ve been with your partner. Bedsider’s own Emma McGowan covers all the considerations for whether you should use a condom in your LTR in this Bustle article.

  6. Is Your Birth Control Making You Tired? (Refinery29)

    Not feeling 100% lately? Wondering if your birth control could be behind your fatigue? Fatigue is a reported side effect, but it’s rare. Like with any bothersome side effects of your birth control, talk to your provider about it. And check out this article to learn more.

  7. 7 Myths About Birth Control That Men Still Believe (Bustle)

    In this article, Emma McGowan breaks down 7 myths that many men still believe about birth control with Power to Decide’s Director of Health Care, Robin Watkins.

  8. What Is Pre-Cum? Doctors Explain Whether It Can Get You Pregnant (Elite Daily)

    Check out this Elite Daily article to learn more about what pre-cum actually is and to find out the likelihood of getting pregnant from it. (The short answer: yes, it’s possible to get pregnant from pre-cum.)

  9. What Causes Cervical Cancer? Plus, 6 Warning Signs Every Woman Should Know (Shape)

    Signs of cervical cancer can slip under the radar. Check out this Shape article to learn more about what causes cervical cancer, what the signs and symptoms are, and how to stay protected.

  10. Ask a Sex Therapist: I Think My Birth Control Pills Are Affecting My Sex Drive (Allure)

    If you’re on hormonal birth control and have noticed a decrease in your sex drive, it’s worth talking to your provider about. It may be time to switch methods. In this article, a sex therapist discusses how the pill may affect sex drive.

Written by Jacqueline Pelella, MA

Jacqueline Pelella, MA is the Manager of Communications at Power to Decide. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from American University and is a strong advocate for sexual and reproductive rights. In her spare time she enjoys getting out into nature, spending time with her Boston Terrier, and listening to Adele on repeat.

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