Which Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are preventable?
Which STDs are treatable but incurable?
Which STDs are treatable and curable?
Which STDs can be fatal?
This science-based publication is a quick up-to-date reference of essential information for sexually active individuals and those with the responsibility to teach others about safe sex practices. An overview of the reproductive biology of males and females provides medical information important to everyone.
Nurse activist Margaret Sanger fought for women’s rights in the early 1900s and risked imprisonment under the Comstock Act of 1873 that prevented doctors and nurses from even discussing contraception with patients. She cared for women who were chronically pregnant. Her mother had 18 pregnancies. Through her work and the work of others, birth control methods are readily available today.
Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League in 1922 that eventually became Planned Parenthood of America.
The first birth control pill became available in 1960. It wasn’t until 1972 that the Supreme Court finally struck down the last part of the oppressive Comstock Act that restricted doctors from prescribing oral contraceptives to unmarried women.
Broad availability of birth control education and contraception has been shown to reduce unplanned pregnancies and reduce the need for abortions. Using condoms markedly reduces the potential for transmitting and acquiring STDs. Some are curable. Some are not and can be fatal. Others leave scarring that may result in sterility.
When is a woman likely to ovulate and become pregnant?
Which forms of birth control are effective?
Are you making informed choices?
Read this little booklet and share the information with friends.
Betty Kuffel, MD