Sexual Health in the News October 2 - October 8

NCSH in the News

Everything You Need to Know About Condoms – Reviewed
When it comes to safer sex, condoms are a no-brainer. They’re cheap, easy to find, and can prevent unwanted pregnancies and STIs. Here’s what you need to know about choosing and using condoms. NCSH arranged the interview with coalition member, Dr. Logan Levkoff.

U.S. Teens Are Having Less Sex—But Stigmatizing Their Sexuality Does More Harm Than Good – NBC News
According to some experts, when we focus exclusively on sexuality’s risks, we deny young people an important source of connection and pleasure. This article was written by NCSH member, Dr. Amy Schalet.

Other News This Week

How Safe Is Gay Marriage? Advocates Fear Increasingly Conservative Court? – NBC News
The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and fresh criticism of the 2015 gay marriage ruling by two justices has renewed advocates’ concerns.

How to Talk About STD Status with Your Sexual Partner – INSIDER
Talking about STIs with a new sexual partner can feel uncomfortable because it’s not something we were taught to do, but the conversation is essential for your health.

Killings of Transgender Americans Reach All-Time High, Rights Group Says – NBC News
At least 31 trans and gender-nonconforming people have been killed in the U.S. so far this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign.

1.3 Million Women Enter Menopause Each Year. We Have to Stop Ignoring Them – Glamour
Menopause is not an “old” woman thing—the oldest millennials, at 39, are now entering the perimenopausal period.  Although every woman will go through menopause, it remains one of the great taboos in women’s health.

Doctors Ask Supreme Court to Strike Down Trump Abortion Rule – ABC News
The American Medical Association is asking the Supreme Court to strike down a Trump administration rule that’s had a far-reaching impact on the nation’s family planning program.

Why Antidepressants Can Kill Your Sex Drive—And What to Do About It – VICE
For some women who take SSRIs, stable mental health means sacrificing sexual pleasure. (This article includes data from the UK.)

I’m Trans and Nonbinary: Here’s What I Want Cis People to Know About Having Sex with Me – Well + Good
Most sex education, and cultural references to sex and dating, center around the cisgender, heterosexual experience. A trans, nonbinary individual talks about how to interact with them in the bedroom in a way that's sensitive to their specific needs and boundaries.

Expensive Sex Toys Might Be Worth It—Here’s Why – SELF
Many people avoid spending major money on sex toys, often because of the pervasive view that sexual pleasure is a frivolous indulgence. Here are 7 reasons why splurging is worth it. 

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