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Common Questions about STIs

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). It’s not a popular topic, but an important one. There are many different types of STIs and confusion on how they affect your body and health. Let’s begin by answering some common questions: What is an STI and how is it different from an STD? There is no difference. STI stands […]

How to Help Your Friend Through Miscarriage

Miscarriage is devastating to those who have experienced it. Friends and family oftentimes are not sure how to provide comfort and it can be hard to find the right words to say. There are also individuals who may believe a miscarriage isn’t that big of a deal because the baby was never born. However, it […]

Miscarriage (How to Cope)

Miscarriage often leaves women feeling many emotions such as disbelief, sadness, anger, guilt, and even possibly depression. Coping after a miscarriage can be a struggle, but there is hope. It may not be an easy journey, but here are a few things to help you through the grieving process. Grieve Give yourself time to grieve […]

Miscarriage (What is it?)

According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), studies done by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists claim that miscarriage occurs in 10-25% of all pregnancies, making it the most common form of pregnancy loss. A miscarriage is an unplanned loss of a baby that usually occurs before the 20th week of pregnancy. The cause […]

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 […]