Welcome to the sexual health section of the website. These pages contain information to help you navigate the sexual choices that feel right for you. Some general sexual health tips to keep in mind:
Get regular medical care. If you are sexually active, this medical care should include getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you are having sex with someone of the opposite gender, research the contraceptive options that are available. Use these methods in conjunction with, not instead of safer sex methods. For example, if you are using the pill, remember that this will only work to prevent pregnancy, and you should also use a condom to prevent STI transmission.
Updated December 2016.
The patch is a combination method containing both progestin and estrogen, similar to many birth control pills and the Nuvaring. This form of birth control only requires weekly action, as opposed to daily with the pill. The patch is a small band aid-like sticker that is very effective if used correctly. Ortho Evra was approved by the FDA in 2002 after extensive testing. More than 70,000 birth control patches were clinically tested worldwide in more than 30,000 people.