Saturday, July 11
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Sex Education creator Laurie Nunn: ‘You can’t make sex scenes flowery!’

Laurie Nunn is remembering her own experience of sex education. It was, she says, “practically nonexistent” at her school, which is ironic, given that she is responsible for one of the most candid TV shows ever made about the subject. “They didn’t talk about female pleasure at all,” says the writer. “I’m in my 30s and I feel like I’m only now starting to get the right language to talk about my own body. I think, ‘God, I wish I’d known this stuff when I was in my 20s.’” When Sex Education was picked up, Nunn had no big credits to her name. She had written and directed a couple of short films and had worked up ideas for production companies, but nothing had quite landed. Then, suddenly, she had a hit – such a hit that Netflix’s UK headquarters now has a Sex Education-themed floor. (We meet ...
FDA Approves Contraceptive Patch
Health, Sex Education, Sex Life

FDA Approves Contraceptive Patch

The FDA just added a new tool to the safe sex toolbox! Twirla® is a weekly contraceptive patch that can be worn on the abdoman, buttocks, or upper torso. The transdermal patch is a hormonal contraceptive option with a similar makeup to oral contraceptives. It delivers a estrogen, 30 mcg daily dose of ethinyl estradiol, as well as a progestin, 120 mcg daily dose of levonorgestrel. If you think that Twirla®  might be a good choice for you, talk to your health care provider. There are a lot of contraceptive options on the market and it can be overwhelming to figure out which one is the best for you. ASHA has a number of resources on contraceptive options, LARCs, condoms, and taking control of your reproductive health!  
What’s Your Pleasure?
Cyber Security, Health, Safety Security, Sex Education, Sex Life

What’s Your Pleasure?

Of course sexual pleasure feels good but did you know it’s actually good for you, too? Whether alone or with a partner, pleasure is healthy for mind and body. Whether we’re attracted to the opposite gender, the same gender or both, the truth is: We learn how to experience sexual pleasure for pleasure’s sake by understanding our own sexual desires and responses. Our enjoyment of specific sexual behaviors and practices varies from one individual to another. No matter what stimulates our individual sexual desires or which sexual practices we use to satisfy them, we are all sexual beings. How we choose to behave as sexual beings is up to us. Health Benefits Sex has been shown to promote better sleep habits, less stress, more happiness, etc. Sex is a healthy bodily function. Our bodies thrive o...
Women’s Health Month
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Women’s Health Month

ASHA recognizes each May as Women’s Health Month. It officially kicks off this year on May 10 with National Women’s Health Week, an annual observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. ASHA will spotlight women’s health throughout the month of May with new content, a social media campaign, podcasts, and more. Check back here throughout the month to see what’s new. The goal is to empower women to make their health a priority and help women understand what steps they can take to improve their health. Women are often in charge of taking care of the health of their families, and sometimes they overlook their own health needs while taking care of others. Women’s Health Month in May gives us a chance to connect with women everywhere to share health ...
HIV Toolkit
Health, Sex Education, Sex Life, STD HIV

HIV Toolkit

Use these posters and social media graphics on your websites and social media platforms to encourage others to get involved! In addition to promoting the value of HIV testing, treatment (including PrEP), and safer sex these graphics include a selection focused on the need to face stigma head on through finding their voices, speaking up, and starting the conversation. Together we’ll prove we are #StrongerThanHIV. Download the toolkit here.   This toolkit includes a customizable item (see the graphic labeled as statebased) we can update with statistics for any U.S. state along with contact information for a local agency or organization. Contact us at info@ashasexualhealth.org to get started.   HIV OBSERVATIONSAnytime is the right time to promote HIV prevention and advocacy and there are spe...
FDA Approves New Hormone-Free Contraceptive Option
Health, Sex Education, Sex Life

FDA Approves New Hormone-Free Contraceptive Option

Nearly all women use birth control at some point in their lives, and soon they’ll have one more option available. On May 22, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Phexxi, a non-hormonal contraceptive gel that works by keeping the pH levels in the vagina acidic, and thus inhospitable to sperm. What makes this new option different? As mentioned, it will offer women a new non-hormonal option, so women who can’t or prefer not to use birth control with hormones will have an alternative to condoms, the copper IUD, diaphragm or cervical cap. It’s also an on-demand option, meaning it can be used as needed. The gel comes in an applicator and can be inserted just before sex. In clinical trials, Phexxi was about 86% effective on average over seven menstrual cycles. Some women developed...
Black Lives Matter
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Black Lives Matter

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr ASHA stands in solidarity with protesters across the country demanding an end to police brutality and the institutionalized racism that underpins it. Racism is insidious, pervasive and tightly woven into the fabric of our nation. Its tentacles are far reaching. It fuels violations of basic human rights and denies Black people the inalienable rights afforded in the declaration of independence. It creates health inequities including in sexual and reproductive health. The brutal, but causal, murder of George Floyd cast a flood light on a national tragedy. Enough. The diversity, passion and voices of protesters in every state provide glimmers of hope. Silence is a no knock warrant in the ...
How Being in a Long-Distance Relationship Prepared Me for Social Distancing
Children Teens, Free, Parents Family, Sex Education, Sex Life, Virus

How Being in a Long-Distance Relationship Prepared Me for Social Distancing

By Kira Eng, 17, Staff Writer April 10, 2020 With all the social distancing happening because of the coronavirus, a lot of people haven’t had as much contact with their partner as they’d probably like. If you’re one of these people, I’ve got some tips as you navigate your relationship during this time. I’ve been in a long-distance relationship since my partner went to college about a year ago, and I’ve learned a few things that I think could be helpful! Good morning and good night texts can help bridge the distance. These simple texts can start and end your day with your partner, even if you can’t “see” or text each...
Ready, Set, PrEP: A Step Forward
Free, Health, Sex Education, Sex Life, STD HIV, Virus

Ready, Set, PrEP: A Step Forward

By Jack Scala, 17, Staff Writer April 10, 2020 The month of April is dedicated to sexually transmitted disease (STD) awareness, and April 12 to 18 is STD Awareness Week. Last year, I wrote about the numbers of young people with STDs and the importance of communicating with your partner about safer sex and getting tested. This year, I wanted to focus on PrEP and advances happening in the prevention of human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. What Is HIV? But first, what is HIV? HIV is a virus that can be transmitted through the bodily fluids (blood, semen, pre-cum, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breastmilk) of an infe...
Self-Care: More Important Than Ever
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Self-Care: More Important Than Ever

By Sabreen Dawud, 17, Staff Writer April 24, 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic stretches on, we have undoubtedly been presented with some challenges. We’ve been directed to practice social distancing and self-quarantining to prevent the spread of the virus. Staying cooped up in your house may make you feel sad or stressed. But fear not! There are things you can do at home to care for yourself. Start That Project You’ve Been Putting Off It can feel easy to procrastinate. We all do it. However, now is the perfect time to get something done. Alone time with few people around to distract you can help when trying to complete...