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Consent

In a world where sexual assault and date rape is prevalent, it is important to understand consent and how it applies to sexual encounters. Consent occurs when both people in a sexual relationship have communicated approval. If this communication and approval does not happen, then consent has not been given.  According the National Sexual Violence Resource […]

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Postpartum Depression

Over the past few years, the topic of depression has become more talked about in our culture. Many celebrities opened up about their own struggles with postpartum depression – like Courtney Cox, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Hayden Panettiere. According to MentalHelp.net, “It is estimated that up to 15% of the adult population will experience depression at some […]

Managing Anxiety

We have all been anxious before and the causes of our anxiety are so varied. It may be a work meeting, a presentation or exam for school, or a job interview. Maybe you are facing an unintended pregnancy and concerned about how it fits into your life. Here are a few tips for those anxious […]

What Makes A Healthy Relationship

Relationships make our world go around. Whether it is a relationship with a coworker, a best friend, a spouse, or a boyfriend (girlfriend), there are many expectations placed on relationships. Let’s look at what makes a healthy relationship. A healthy relationship depends on trust, honesty, and communication. These three things go hand-in-hand. You can’t really […]

Debunking Society’s Myths About Pregnancy

So, the test is positive. You are pregnant. Because it was unintended, you may have a lot of emotions running through your head making your decision even harder. Added to that may be preconceived pregnancy myths which make this time even more stressful. But remember, they are just that – myths. Here are three of […]

How to Help Your Friend Through Unintended Pregnancy

You just found out that your friend is pregnant, it was unintended and she is struggling with what to do. You may be feeling a lot of different emotions: relief, perhaps, that it’s not you; concerned, because she is in school or just landed that perfect job; or worry, because you care about her. But […]