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Illustration by Genevieve Humphreys Did you know there are close to 20 methods of birth control? How do you choose the best method? With all of the options out there, it is up to you and your partner to decide what is most important: pregnancy prevention, ease of use, addressing menstrual issues, STD prevention, less/no hormones or level of assistance required or desired from a healthcare provider. Keep in mind, these methods are primarily for...

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Abstinence. That’s the advice given in the two-week sex ed program offered at my private Catholic middle school, St. Peter Prince of the Apostles. The program was called Worth the Wait, and it was only offered to fifth graders. Students had to get their parents to sign a waiver saying it was OK to participate in that segment of our health class. Those whose parents didn’t want their children to learn about sex sat in...

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Q: Are there forms of male birth control? A: There are several methods of male-directed contraception being developed and tested in clinical trials all over the world. However, none are currently available to the general public. The road is being paved, but men may have to wait several years before any viable methods reach the market place. A few of the methods being investigated include: 1. Hormonal contraceptives: Pills, implants, and/or shots, using male hormones...

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Q: What are the costs of birth control if obtained through student health services? Which birth control is most effective? A: According to TU Health Services, students can receivea  prescription for birth control, but need to see one of the university physicians. The charge to see the physician is $20.  Depending on the patient’s age and other factors, laboratory testing may be necessary and other small feels may apply.  Most insurance will cover the testing...