Mythbusting with Bedsider: Just the Facts about Sex and Birth Control

When it comes to the wonderful world of sexual health, there are tons of myths—and considering that many people get their sex info from friends and Google searches, it’s not surprising. With so much misinformation out there, we think it’s important to set the record straight. Here are the facts behind some of the most common birth control and sexual health myths.

Birth control facts: Emergency contraception, IUDs, and risky business

What’s your plan B? There’s a lot of confusion about how emergency contraception (EC, a.k.a. Plan B, a.k.a. “the morning after pill”) works and whether it causes abortion. The EC pill works because of a type of hormone called levonorgestrel, which delays ovulation. If a woman is already pregnant or has already ovulated, it won’t have any effect. That’s why it’s so important to take it as soon after a risky incident as possible! (BTW, did you know that the copper IUD is actually the most effective form of EC available?) (more…)

April 2014 Man of Month: Lawrence Swiader

Swiader_Headshot_2013I’m honored to be the Disruptive Women in Health Care Man of the Month. The award has caused me to ponder what it means to be disruptive in the field of sexual and reproductive health. As a father of a soon-to-be disruptive woman—now 12 years old—my answer has been to commit to a life-long and open discussion of sexuality with her. As a leader of the Bedsider birth control support network, my answer has been similar: let’s talk about sex and recognize it as healthy, fun, and at the center of why we use birth control in the first place. (more…)

Ask The Doctor: Bedsider and DW Check in With Dr. Colleen Krajewski

Despite increased access to resources, the majority of births in America are unplanned. This week DW partnered with Bedsider, an online birth control support network for women 18-29, to cover the complicated and very personal issue of reproductive health.

To kick off this series, DW along with Bedsider, interviewed Dr. Colleen Krajewski, contributor to Bedsider and  Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Magee-Women’s Hospital, about her work in the area and a few tips for reproductive health.  


Don’t Forget to Keep Your Eye on Congress

DWFeedburnerApril has been a month of fantastic political achievements. Enrollment for health care insurance has grown to an unprecedented 8 million consumers and President Obama signed two executive orders to increase wage equality between the sexes. While Congress will be in recess until April 28th, that doesn’t mean that you should stop paying attention to the action on the ground.  Here is a quick roundup of proposed bills that you need to follow.

Bills Introduced:

Child Care/Education

H.R. 4481—-Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ)/Education and the Workforce (4/10/14)—A bill to amend the Head Start Act to authorize block grants to states for prekindergarten education. (more…)

Patients Are Actually Customers…Who Knew?

I was finally getting to my giant pile of reading this week when I saw an article in Health Care Information Week that included the following sentence:

As consumer satisfaction begins to have a bigger impact on the bottom line, more hospitals are hiring a chief patient experience officer (CXO) to treat patients like valued customers.

Maybe it’s me, as a born and bred marketing person, but that seems like the weirdest concept in the world. In layman’s terms it basically means this: Hospitals are waking up to the fact that patients are actually their customers (go figure) and failure to notice this fact will reduce their revenue. Another fact: it wasn’t until CMS decided to penalize hospitals for poor patient satisfaction by docking their reimbursement by up to 2 percent that hospitals started to get religion on this topic. (more…)

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