Too School for Cool: Love comes in many languages

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Feb 082013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Just as each person’s relationship is different, people express their love for one                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           another differently. The 5 Love Languages, a book

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written by Gary Chapman, states that if you don’t understand your partner’s ‘love language’, then their love might go overlooked. By recognizing which love languages a person speaks, your appreciation and love for them can grow.

The five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Most people use a few of these to express their love for someone. Personally, my love languages are quality time and physical touch.

If you’ve met someone who speaks the same love languages as you, you’re lucky. Hold on to that one. The reality is that it doesn’t come that easy for most couples, but if you can understand which love languages your partner expresses, then you’ll be able to recognize when they are trying to show their love for you.

I’ve taken this into account with recent relationships I’ve had. For example, my boyfriend is not a big fan of physical touch in public, whereas I am. However, I’ve become OK with that because I know that he speaks a different love language. He uses acts of service to show me he cares, and I’ve got to say, I think I can give up hand-holding forever if I he continues to cook dinner for me every night.

Without knowing what love language your lover speaks, you could discount their love for you. This is part of maintaining a healthy, strong relationship that will withstand the test of time.

 

 

Too School for Cool: Love comes in many languages

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Feb 082013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Just as each person’s relationship is different, people express their love for one                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           another differently. The 5 Love Languages, a book

Cover of "The 5 Love Languages: The Secre...

The 5 Love Languages via Amazon

written by Gary Chapman, states that if you don’t understand your partner’s ‘love language’, then their love might go overlooked. By recognizing which love languages a person speaks, your appreciation and love for them can grow.

The five love languages are words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Most people use a few of these to express their love for someone. Personally, my love languages are quality time and physical touch.

If you’ve met someone who speaks the same love languages as you, you’re lucky. Hold on to that one. The reality is that it doesn’t come that easy for most couples, but if you can understand which love languages your partner expresses, then you’ll be able to recognize when they are trying to show their love for you.

I’ve taken this into account with recent relationships I’ve had. For example, my boyfriend is not a big fan of physical touch in public, whereas I am. However, I’ve become OK with that because I know that he speaks a different love language. He uses acts of service to show me he cares, and I’ve got to say, I think I can give up hand-holding forever if I he continues to cook dinner for me every night.

Without knowing what love language your lover speaks, you could discount their love for you. This is part of maintaining a healthy, strong relationship that will withstand the test of time.

 

 

Seven Sex Positions to Try With Your Valentine

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Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Roses, chocolates and love poems are typical Valentine’s Day presents, but action speaks louder than words and material possessions. Spend some quality time on Valentine’s Day week and spice up your love-life with these seven sex positions. They’ll be sure to fill your week with love, (or lust).

The Ape

Start off with the man lying on his back with his knees pulled up against his chest. The woman then sits down backwards and is propped up against the man’s feet. For balance, the woman should hold onto her partner’s wrists and rock back and forth.

The Curled Angel

The woman will lie on her side while pulling her legs up to her chest. The man will spoon her and come in from behind. This is a very sensual, close position.

The Bridge

The man starts by lying on his back and then pushes himself up making an arch. The woman straddles him and takes most of her weight off her feet. This is a challenging position that requires a strong, flexible man.

The Glowing Juniper

This begins with the woman lying on her back with her legs spread apart. The man will be sitting in between her knees with his legs stretched out. He then guides her hips up and down and may reach down and kiss her stomach if flexible enough.

The Magic Mountain

This requires three pillows stacked on top of each other. The woman will get on her knees and rest her torso face-forward on the mountain of pillows. The man will kneel behind her with his legs on the outside of hers. This works best with firm, thick pillows.

The Body Builder

This position starts with the woman leaning up against a wall and lifting herself up to straddle the man. The man should support her by holding her upper thighs while the woman raps her arms around his neck and her legs around his torso.

The Koala

Begin with the man squatting down.  The woman will sit in his lap as they embrace each other. Holding each other tightly, the woman will rock her pelvis while squeezing her muscles.

Seven Sex Positions to Try With Your Valentine

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Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Roses, chocolates and love poems are typical Valentine’s Day presents, but action speaks louder than words and material possessions. Spend some quality time on Valentine’s Day week and spice up your love-life with these seven sex positions. They’ll be sure to fill your week with love, (or lust).

The Ape

Start off with the man lying on his back with his knees pulled up against his chest. The woman then sits down backwards and is propped up against the man’s feet. For balance, the woman should hold onto her partner’s wrists and rock back and forth.

The Curled Angel

The woman will lie on her side while pulling her legs up to her chest. The man will spoon her and come in from behind. This is a very sensual, close position.

The Bridge

The man starts by lying on his back and then pushes himself up making an arch. The woman straddles him and takes most of her weight off her feet. This is a challenging position that requires a strong, flexible man.

The Glowing Juniper

This begins with the woman lying on her back with her legs spread apart. The man will be sitting in between her knees with his legs stretched out. He then guides her hips up and down and may reach down and kiss her stomach if flexible enough.

The Magic Mountain

This requires three pillows stacked on top of each other. The woman will get on her knees and rest her torso face-forward on the mountain of pillows. The man will kneel behind her with his legs on the outside of hers. This works best with firm, thick pillows.

The Body Builder

This position starts with the woman leaning up against a wall and lifting herself up to straddle the man. The man should support her by holding her upper thighs while the woman raps her arms around his neck and her legs around his torso.

The Koala

Begin with the man squatting down.  The woman will sit in his lap as they embrace each other. Holding each other tightly, the woman will rock her pelvis while squeezing her muscles.

Too School for Cool: A second chance for a connection

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Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

In this day and age, people rarely meet organically anymore. It seems less common for people to just meet at a bar, begin a conversation and live happily ever after. Instead we pride ourselves in making sure our online profiles are perfect, hoping for the chance to meet a hottie with a body online and have a fairy tale ending.

Now it’s come to this – there is a site online for people who met face to face, but didn’t make a move. It’s known as Craigslist Missed Connections.

M4M Missed Connection at Craigslist

Missed Connection at Craigslist (Photo credit: Ben Gertzfield)

Missed Connections is a place where people can post things about someone they have met in hopes that person will read it and get in contact with them. For example, a guy saw a cute girl at the grocery store. She was trying to reach for a can of soup on the top shelf that was just out of reach, so he got it for her. She thanked him, flashed a smile and walked away. When he got home he wished that he had asked for her number, so what’s a guy to do? Post about her on missed connections for his second chance at romance.

Craigslist is used throughout America and there is a Missed Connections page personalized for almost every major city. Generally the posts involve someone retelling the story of their brief encounter with their possible soul mate followed by a description of what the person looks like and a way to get in contact.

While in a way it’s great that people can have this second chance at a connection, reading the posts can be quite comical. I guess some people just don’t have the courage to make that first impression count.

While laughable to many, there are some people who check the site religiously to see if anyone has posted about them, in hopes of finding true love. In reality, I believe, if you don’t take advantage of that first chance at meeting someone, it probably wasn’t meant to be.

The truth is that most people who post on Craigslist Missed Connections probably won’t end up with a life that seems straight out of a romantic comedy screenplay, but it has happened, which makes me wonder, could this be the new, hip way of dating?

Just to be safe, you may want to check out Missed Connections. You may have flattered a cute barista lately that is looking for you, awaiting your happily ever after.

Too School for Cool: A second chance for a connection

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Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

In this day and age, people rarely meet organically anymore. It seems less common for people to just meet at a bar, begin a conversation and live happily ever after. Instead we pride ourselves in making sure our online profiles are perfect, hoping for the chance to meet a hottie with a body online and have a fairy tale ending.

Now it’s come to this – there is a site online for people who met face to face, but didn’t make a move. It’s known as Craigslist Missed Connections.

M4M Missed Connection at Craigslist

Missed Connection at Craigslist (Photo credit: Ben Gertzfield)

Missed Connections is a place where people can post things about someone they have met in hopes that person will read it and get in contact with them. For example, a guy saw a cute girl at the grocery store. She was trying to reach for a can of soup on the top shelf that was just out of reach, so he got it for her. She thanked him, flashed a smile and walked away. When he got home he wished that he had asked for her number, so what’s a guy to do? Post about her on missed connections for his second chance at romance.

Craigslist is used throughout America and there is a Missed Connections page personalized for almost every major city. Generally the posts involve someone retelling the story of their brief encounter with their possible soul mate followed by a description of what the person looks like and a way to get in contact.

While in a way it’s great that people can have this second chance at a connection, reading the posts can be quite comical. I guess some people just don’t have the courage to make that first impression count.

While laughable to many, there are some people who check the site religiously to see if anyone has posted about them, in hopes of finding true love. In reality, I believe, if you don’t take advantage of that first chance at meeting someone, it probably wasn’t meant to be.

The truth is that most people who post on Craigslist Missed Connections probably won’t end up with a life that seems straight out of a romantic comedy screenplay, but it has happened, which makes me wonder, could this be the new, hip way of dating?

Just to be safe, you may want to check out Missed Connections. You may have flattered a cute barista lately that is looking for you, awaiting your happily ever after.

Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

As college students, it may seem like we can’t get enough safe-sex education. The fact of the matter is, most people at this stage in life are trying to prevent pregnancy.

 

With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is as good of a time as ever to make sure that young love stays just that – young. College is stressful enough without having to worry about unplanned pregnancies, and everyone can play a part at prevention.

 

With so many types of birth control to choose from, it’s important to go to a doctor to talk through the health risks and benefits of each prevention plan, according to Sharon Kennedy, a nurse practitioner at Hartshorn Health Center. Here College Avenue has laid out the contraceptive options to help people choose.

 

The Pill

 

The pill must be taken every day at the same time to be the most effective. It is easy to get with a prescription and can be as

 

Different kinds of birth control pills.

Different kinds of birth control pills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

cheap as $10 a month. The pill is taken by females and contains hormones already found in the body – estrogen and progesterone. The regulation of these hormones keeps eggs from leaving the ovaries and also makes cervical mucus thicker, making it harder for sperm to swim through. The pill is one of the most common forms of birth control and is extremely effective.

 

“I know it’s over 99 percent effective, unlike condoms,” said Tiffany Martinez, junior graphic design student. “I feel like anything can happen with a condom, so I trust the pill.”

 

While this birth control is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly, but about 9 out of 100 women on the pill get pregnant due to not taking as directed. It’s important to be aware that some medicines, such as antibiotics and anti-seizure medication, make the pill less effective. There are some side effects to the pill, but there are so many different kinds of dosages to choose from if negative effects occur.

 

“I think the pill is popular with a lot of women because there are a variety of pills on the market. So if one doesn’t work we can usually fix whatever side-effect they’re having and find a pill that does work for them,” Kennedy said.

 

NuvaRing

 

This is a small ring that is self-inserted into the vagina once a month that stays in for three weeks at a time. It is left out for a

 

Image of vaginal birth control device NuvaRing

NuvaRing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

week, and then a new one is inserted. You can get it with a prescription and the cost ranges from $15 to $80 a month. It works the same way as the pill and is just as effective. The ring is good for people who can’t remember to take a pill at the same time every day.

 

Kennedy explains that it is very easy to take in and out yourself and doesn’t require a doctor’s help like an IUD does.

 

“You can’t put it in wrong. I have women take a tampon out of the applicator, put the ring in the applicator, and just stick it in like a tampon,” Kennedy said. “It doesn’t matter where it is in your vagina. If you can’t feel it, it’s in right.”

 

Patch

 

This is a small plastic patch that sticks to your skin. It can be put on the abdomen, hip, arm, or lower back. It is best to put it somewhere with little fat because then the estrogen and progesterone are easily absorbed. They cost $15 to $80 a month with a prescription and need to be changed every week for three weeks and left off for an additional week before restarting the cycle. It is also 99 percent effective if used correctly.

 

Implant

 

The implant is a match-sized rod that is placed inside the arm, just under the skin. It’s inserted by a doctor and can be left in up to three years. At that time a new one can be put in if desired. While it costs $400 to $800, it’s a one-time fee instead of a monthly cost. This birth control only contains progesterone, so it is good for people who have negative reactions to estrogen birth control. It’s 99 percent effective. One of its benefits is that you never have to worry about taking something every day, every week, or even every month for pregnancy prevention.

 

One of the downsides to the implant is that women may experience a lot of irregular bleeding.

 

“Some will not long have periods, some women will have monthly periods, and some are more irregular,” Kennedy said.

 

Sponge

 

This is made of foam containing spermicide. It is inserted into the vagina before intercourse and should remain in for a few hours after to be effective. It’s about two inches in diameter and has a loop attached for removal. A pack of three is $10 and can be bought without a prescription. The sponge prevents pregnancy by preventing the sperm to get to the egg by covering up the cervix, blocking the uterus and releasing a spermicide that keeps sperm from moving. When always using the sponge correctly it is about 91 percent effective. When used incorrectly it’s only 88 percent effective, so following the directions is very important.

 

“It’s just like a condom or any kind of spermicide barrier you use – you can’t put it on after you’ve had sexual contact,” Kennedy said. “Even if I was advising somebody about using the sponge I would still advise them to use a condom as well.”

 

Cervical cap

 

This is a silicone cup that’s inserted in the vagina and must be used with spermicide gel to be effective. It lasts up to two years, costing between $60 and $75. It works by blocking the opening of the uterus and releases spermicide to stop sperm from moving. Although it helps to preventing pregnancy, it is not as effective as other methods. When using the cap, 14 out of 100 women will still get pregnant.

 

Withdrawal (pulling out)

 

In this method, the man will pull his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. While the idea of this may seem sound, it is not a very effective use of birth control as there is semen in pre-ejaculation fluids that can get a woman pregnant. Even though it’s not very effective, Kennedy said that almost everyone has used this as a form of birth control at least once in their life.

 

“It isn’t 100 percent effective, but unfortunately people still use it,” Kennedy said. “It’s not very effective. Around here we call those people ‘parents’.”

 

Abstinence

 

Abstinence is the most effective form of birth control. People who abstain from having sexual intercourse have zero risk of pregnancy. There is no cost associated with this method and no medical side-effects.

 

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Condom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Male Condom

 

Condoms are the only birth control method that protects against sexually transmitted diseases for sexually active individuals. Latex condoms are worn by men to collect pre-ejaculate and semen when a man ejaculates. As long as people are not allergic to latex, condoms are safe for everyone to use; plastic condoms are a good alternative for those who are allergic. Condoms are 98 percent effective when used correctly, but that number can increase if used with other birth control methods.

 

There is a risk of the condom breaking. In the case that this happens, women should look into emergency contraception options. Condoms are one of the few birth controls that is used by men.

 

“The thing with everything else aside from the condom, is I feel like it’s too much of a responsibility on someone else,” said Niles Hachmeister, sophomore psychology student. “ I would like to take my ownership into my own hands.”

 

Condoms do not require a prescription and they are relatively inexpensive. Depending on the package size, condoms can cost from a few dollars each to less than a dollar. They can be bought at drugstores, family planning clinics, supermarkets, and some vending machines.

 

Morning-After Pill

 

If a woman did not use any birth control or her birth control method failed (condom broke, diaphragm slipped out of place, partner didn’t pull out in time), an emergency contraceptive is a smart option. Up to five days after unprotected sex, the woman can take the morning-after pill.

 

The morning-after pill is not an abortion pill, but instead it is a progestin pill that works by keeping a woman from ovulating. The sooner the pill is taken after unprotected intercourse, the more effective it is. It does not protect against STDs. Women can get the morning-after pill without a prescription as long as they are over the age of 17. The pill can cost anywhere from $10 to $70.

 

IUD

 

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a “t-shaped” device inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs: Mirena, which is made of plastic and is effective for five years, and ParaGard, which contains copper and is effective for 12 years. Mirena affect the sperm’s access to the egg either by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus, blocking the sperm’s movement. ParaGard is hormone-free; copper, acting as spermicide, is released continuously into the body to prevent pregnancy.

 

Less than one out of 100 women get pregnant when using an IUD and the ParaGard IUD can even be used as emergency birth control (reducing risk of pregnancy by 99.9 percent) as long as it is inserted within five days after unprotected intercourse.

 

Most women are able to use IUDs, but women should talk to their health care provider to determine if an IUD is safe for them. IUDs do not protect against STDs and there is a risk of the device falling out, so it is important to check every few days for the first few months. IUDs also must be inserted by a health care provider.

 

“It is a misconception that only women who have gone through childbirth are eligible for an IUD,” said the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team. “IUDs represent one of the safest, most reliable and cost effective forms of reversible birth control on the market.” The price is a one-time cost averaging $500 to $1000, which includes the cost for the medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the device, and follow-up visits to your doctor.

 

Diaphragm

 

This shallow, silicone cup is inserted into the vagina to block the opening to the uterus, preventing pregnancy. The effectiveness of the diaphragm is dependent on correct usage. If women always use the diaphragm as directed, only six out of 100 women will get pregnant annually. Effectiveness can also be increased by making sure that the cervix is covered before you have sex.

 

It is recommended to use spermicide in conjunction with a diaphragm as birth control. Some benefits include immediate effectiveness, no effect on female hormones, and it can be inserted hours ahead of time. Because the woman inserts it herself, it is convenient. Be careful though; the diaphragm can be difficult to insert, pushed out of placed and it must be inserted each time a woman has intercourse.

 

To get a diaphragm, women must visit a health care provider to get a prescription. An examination costs between $50 and $200, but the diaphragm itself only costs $15 to $75.

 

Shot

 

For those not afraid of needles, the birth control shot may be a good option. The shot is an injection of the hormone progestin into the body. The shots are effective against pregnancy for three months and if a woman gets the shot within seven days after the start of her period, she will be protected immediately. Less than one woman out of 100 gets pregnant when they use the shot.

 

“Most patients request that the Depo Provera birth control injection be given to them in their arm, but some patients experience less discomfort receiving the injection in their hip,” said the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team.

 

Like any other medication, there are risks. Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect and it does not protect against STDs, but the shot is overall safe and simple. The shot does not contain estrogen and is a good choice for women who cannot take estrogen.

 

Before getting the injection, women must get a prescription from their doctor or health care provider which costs $35 to $250. After the examination, the shot itself costs between $35 and $100 each visit (keep in mind you must get a shot every three months for it to be effective!

 

Spermicide

 

Spermicide is a cheap birth control method that women insert into their vagina. Spermicides are available in different forms (creams, films, foams, gels, etc.), but they all contain chemicals that stop sperm from moving. According to the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team, spermicide alone or combined with withdrawal is not as effective as other birth control methods; even when women use spermicide as directed, 15 out of 100 will get pregnant annually.

 

Spermicide does not have an effect on a woman’s hormones and it is very easy to get. It does not require a prescription and applicator kits cost approximately $8. Spermicide is available at family planning clinics, drugstores, and some supermarkets.

 

Spermicide does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and women need to wait 10 minutes after insertion to have sex. Spermicide is also only effective for about an hour after it is inserted.

 

To make an appointment to obtain a birth control prescription or talk with an expert, call the Women’s Clinic at Hartshorn Health Center at 970.491.1754.

 

Contraceptive choices: Your right and responsibility to choose

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Feb 052013
 

Author: Allison LeCain

As college students, it may seem like we can’t get enough safe-sex education. The fact of the matter is, most people at this stage in life are trying to prevent pregnancy.

 

With Valentine’s Day approaching, now is as good of a time as ever to make sure that young love stays just that – young. College is stressful enough without having to worry about unplanned pregnancies, and everyone can play a part at prevention.

 

With so many types of birth control to choose from, it’s important to go to a doctor to talk through the health risks and benefits of each prevention plan, according to Sharon Kennedy, a nurse practitioner at Hartshorn Health Center. Here College Avenue has laid out the contraceptive options to help people choose.

 

The Pill

 

The pill must be taken every day at the same time to be the most effective. It is easy to get with a prescription and can be as

 

Different kinds of birth control pills.

Different kinds of birth control pills. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

cheap as $10 a month. The pill is taken by females and contains hormones already found in the body – estrogen and progesterone. The regulation of these hormones keeps eggs from leaving the ovaries and also makes cervical mucus thicker, making it harder for sperm to swim through. The pill is one of the most common forms of birth control and is extremely effective.

 

“I know it’s over 99 percent effective, unlike condoms,” said Tiffany Martinez, junior graphic design student. “I feel like anything can happen with a condom, so I trust the pill.”

 

While this birth control is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy if taken correctly, but about 9 out of 100 women on the pill get pregnant due to not taking as directed. It’s important to be aware that some medicines, such as antibiotics and anti-seizure medication, make the pill less effective. There are some side effects to the pill, but there are so many different kinds of dosages to choose from if negative effects occur.

 

“I think the pill is popular with a lot of women because there are a variety of pills on the market. So if one doesn’t work we can usually fix whatever side-effect they’re having and find a pill that does work for them,” Kennedy said.

 

NuvaRing

 

This is a small ring that is self-inserted into the vagina once a month that stays in for three weeks at a time. It is left out for a

 

Image of vaginal birth control device NuvaRing

NuvaRing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

week, and then a new one is inserted. You can get it with a prescription and the cost ranges from $15 to $80 a month. It works the same way as the pill and is just as effective. The ring is good for people who can’t remember to take a pill at the same time every day.

 

Kennedy explains that it is very easy to take in and out yourself and doesn’t require a doctor’s help like an IUD does.

 

“You can’t put it in wrong. I have women take a tampon out of the applicator, put the ring in the applicator, and just stick it in like a tampon,” Kennedy said. “It doesn’t matter where it is in your vagina. If you can’t feel it, it’s in right.”

 

Patch

 

This is a small plastic patch that sticks to your skin. It can be put on the abdomen, hip, arm, or lower back. It is best to put it somewhere with little fat because then the estrogen and progesterone are easily absorbed. They cost $15 to $80 a month with a prescription and need to be changed every week for three weeks and left off for an additional week before restarting the cycle. It is also 99 percent effective if used correctly.

 

Implant

 

The implant is a match-sized rod that is placed inside the arm, just under the skin. It’s inserted by a doctor and can be left in up to three years. At that time a new one can be put in if desired. While it costs $400 to $800, it’s a one-time fee instead of a monthly cost. This birth control only contains progesterone, so it is good for people who have negative reactions to estrogen birth control. It’s 99 percent effective. One of its benefits is that you never have to worry about taking something every day, every week, or even every month for pregnancy prevention.

 

One of the downsides to the implant is that women may experience a lot of irregular bleeding.

 

“Some will not long have periods, some women will have monthly periods, and some are more irregular,” Kennedy said.

 

Sponge

 

This is made of foam containing spermicide. It is inserted into the vagina before intercourse and should remain in for a few hours after to be effective. It’s about two inches in diameter and has a loop attached for removal. A pack of three is $10 and can be bought without a prescription. The sponge prevents pregnancy by preventing the sperm to get to the egg by covering up the cervix, blocking the uterus and releasing a spermicide that keeps sperm from moving. When always using the sponge correctly it is about 91 percent effective. When used incorrectly it’s only 88 percent effective, so following the directions is very important.

 

“It’s just like a condom or any kind of spermicide barrier you use – you can’t put it on after you’ve had sexual contact,” Kennedy said. “Even if I was advising somebody about using the sponge I would still advise them to use a condom as well.”

 

Cervical cap

 

This is a silicone cup that’s inserted in the vagina and must be used with spermicide gel to be effective. It lasts up to two years, costing between $60 and $75. It works by blocking the opening of the uterus and releases spermicide to stop sperm from moving. Although it helps to preventing pregnancy, it is not as effective as other methods. When using the cap, 14 out of 100 women will still get pregnant.

 

Withdrawal (pulling out)

 

In this method, the man will pull his penis out of the vagina before ejaculation. While the idea of this may seem sound, it is not a very effective use of birth control as there is semen in pre-ejaculation fluids that can get a woman pregnant. Even though it’s not very effective, Kennedy said that almost everyone has used this as a form of birth control at least once in their life.

 

“It isn’t 100 percent effective, but unfortunately people still use it,” Kennedy said. “It’s not very effective. Around here we call those people ‘parents’.”

 

Abstinence

 

Abstinence is the most effective form of birth control. People who abstain from having sexual intercourse have zero risk of pregnancy. There is no cost associated with this method and no medical side-effects.

 

Prezerwatywa, z angielskiej wiki

Condom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Male Condom

 

Condoms are the only birth control method that protects against sexually transmitted diseases for sexually active individuals. Latex condoms are worn by men to collect pre-ejaculate and semen when a man ejaculates. As long as people are not allergic to latex, condoms are safe for everyone to use; plastic condoms are a good alternative for those who are allergic. Condoms are 98 percent effective when used correctly, but that number can increase if used with other birth control methods.

 

There is a risk of the condom breaking. In the case that this happens, women should look into emergency contraception options. Condoms are one of the few birth controls that is used by men.

 

“The thing with everything else aside from the condom, is I feel like it’s too much of a responsibility on someone else,” said Niles Hachmeister, sophomore psychology student. “ I would like to take my ownership into my own hands.”

 

Condoms do not require a prescription and they are relatively inexpensive. Depending on the package size, condoms can cost from a few dollars each to less than a dollar. They can be bought at drugstores, family planning clinics, supermarkets, and some vending machines.

 

Morning-After Pill

 

If a woman did not use any birth control or her birth control method failed (condom broke, diaphragm slipped out of place, partner didn’t pull out in time), an emergency contraceptive is a smart option. Up to five days after unprotected sex, the woman can take the morning-after pill.

 

The morning-after pill is not an abortion pill, but instead it is a progestin pill that works by keeping a woman from ovulating. The sooner the pill is taken after unprotected intercourse, the more effective it is. It does not protect against STDs. Women can get the morning-after pill without a prescription as long as they are over the age of 17. The pill can cost anywhere from $10 to $70.

 

IUD

 

An IUD, or intrauterine device, is a “t-shaped” device inserted into a woman’s uterus to prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs: Mirena, which is made of plastic and is effective for five years, and ParaGard, which contains copper and is effective for 12 years. Mirena affect the sperm’s access to the egg either by thickening a woman’s cervical mucus, blocking the sperm’s movement. ParaGard is hormone-free; copper, acting as spermicide, is released continuously into the body to prevent pregnancy.

 

Less than one out of 100 women get pregnant when using an IUD and the ParaGard IUD can even be used as emergency birth control (reducing risk of pregnancy by 99.9 percent) as long as it is inserted within five days after unprotected intercourse.

 

Most women are able to use IUDs, but women should talk to their health care provider to determine if an IUD is safe for them. IUDs do not protect against STDs and there is a risk of the device falling out, so it is important to check every few days for the first few months. IUDs also must be inserted by a health care provider.

 

“It is a misconception that only women who have gone through childbirth are eligible for an IUD,” said the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team. “IUDs represent one of the safest, most reliable and cost effective forms of reversible birth control on the market.” The price is a one-time cost averaging $500 to $1000, which includes the cost for the medical exam, the IUD, the insertion of the device, and follow-up visits to your doctor.

 

Diaphragm

 

This shallow, silicone cup is inserted into the vagina to block the opening to the uterus, preventing pregnancy. The effectiveness of the diaphragm is dependent on correct usage. If women always use the diaphragm as directed, only six out of 100 women will get pregnant annually. Effectiveness can also be increased by making sure that the cervix is covered before you have sex.

 

It is recommended to use spermicide in conjunction with a diaphragm as birth control. Some benefits include immediate effectiveness, no effect on female hormones, and it can be inserted hours ahead of time. Because the woman inserts it herself, it is convenient. Be careful though; the diaphragm can be difficult to insert, pushed out of placed and it must be inserted each time a woman has intercourse.

 

To get a diaphragm, women must visit a health care provider to get a prescription. An examination costs between $50 and $200, but the diaphragm itself only costs $15 to $75.

 

Shot

 

For those not afraid of needles, the birth control shot may be a good option. The shot is an injection of the hormone progestin into the body. The shots are effective against pregnancy for three months and if a woman gets the shot within seven days after the start of her period, she will be protected immediately. Less than one woman out of 100 gets pregnant when they use the shot.

 

“Most patients request that the Depo Provera birth control injection be given to them in their arm, but some patients experience less discomfort receiving the injection in their hip,” said the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team.

 

Like any other medication, there are risks. Irregular bleeding is the most common side effect and it does not protect against STDs, but the shot is overall safe and simple. The shot does not contain estrogen and is a good choice for women who cannot take estrogen.

 

Before getting the injection, women must get a prescription from their doctor or health care provider which costs $35 to $250. After the examination, the shot itself costs between $35 and $100 each visit (keep in mind you must get a shot every three months for it to be effective!

 

Spermicide

 

Spermicide is a cheap birth control method that women insert into their vagina. Spermicides are available in different forms (creams, films, foams, gels, etc.), but they all contain chemicals that stop sperm from moving. According to the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Quality Management Team, spermicide alone or combined with withdrawal is not as effective as other birth control methods; even when women use spermicide as directed, 15 out of 100 will get pregnant annually.

 

Spermicide does not have an effect on a woman’s hormones and it is very easy to get. It does not require a prescription and applicator kits cost approximately $8. Spermicide is available at family planning clinics, drugstores, and some supermarkets.

 

Spermicide does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases and women need to wait 10 minutes after insertion to have sex. Spermicide is also only effective for about an hour after it is inserted.

 

To make an appointment to obtain a birth control prescription or talk with an expert, call the Women’s Clinic at Hartshorn Health Center at 970.491.1754.

 

Too School for Cool: Surviving winter break

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Dec 092012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

In the past few weeks there has been nothing I’ve wanted more than for winter break to come sooner. Now that it is merely a week away, I can be sure that it will be worth getting through the dreaded finals week to have a month of relaxation at my fingertips.

But what happens when relaxation turns to boredom? It’s inevitable that many students may find that they don’t know what to do with their free time, as we are not used to having any. Also, your hometown may be missing the hustle and bustle that you’ve grown accustom to in this college town.

As always, I am here to offer many a solution to you with this list of 50 things to do when you’re bored over break.

  • Have a backwards day, as in wake up and eat dessert, then dinner, see a movie, have lunch, take a shower, then eat breakfast
  • Go ‘window shopping’ at one of the most expensive stores in town. Dress up before hand to make it look like you belong there
  • Try to climb through your entire house without touching the floor, i.e. jumping from furniture to furniture
  • Stalk people on Google Earth
  • Build a fort , eat mac n’ cheese and watch an old Disney movie inside
  • Read a book in a language you barely speak
  • Make noodle art, but not in the traditional way – when noodles are cooked properly they will stick to the wall, so cook some noodles and throw them all on the wall in an artistic manner
  • Play humans vs. zombies, but don’t tell the neighbors why you just shot them with a Nerf gun
  • Have someone lock all the windows and doors and attempt to break-in to your own home
  • Learn how to moonwalk
  • Buy some moonboots (Yes, their back!!!)
  • Make up crazy stories to put as your Facebook status and wait for hilarious comments to appear
  • Try to make an object explode with mind power
  • Buy an unusual pet, like a hedgehog or a tiger
  • Check out Craigslist’s missed connections
  • Create your own TV series and post a video on YouTube each week
  • Time  how long you can hold a note
  • Time how long you can hold your breath
  • Try not to think about penguins – this gets tricky because in trying to not think about them you will inevitably be thinking about them
  • Be a pirate for a day
  • Perfect your Wookie noise
  • Make a smoothie out of everything in your fridge and try to sell it at your neighbor kid’s lemonade/hot cocoa stand
  • Try to run as fast as cars
  • Talk in a made-up accent all day and try to meet new people
  • Make a secret hide-out in your attic
  • Prepare for zombie invasion
  • Make prank calls
  • Burn crayons using a magnifying glass and the sun
  • Mix Mentos and Coke in your mouth
  • People watch in places people don’t think you’re watching
  • Buy a parrot and teach it to speak for you
  • Walk closely behind people while trying to perfect their walking style
  • Make an ‘I hate Bieber’ website
  • Play a really old game from your childhood, like Hungry Hungry Hippos
  • Create your own language
  • Go to the dog park without a dog, but lots of treats
  • Make Jell-O shots
  • Make a post-battle snowman with fake blood and darts
  • Lose yourself on Pinterest
  • Have a fashion show
  • Start a new campaign for Ron Paul
  • Chase squirrels
  • Hand-out Mardi Gras beads in return for a flash
  • Throw a tomato into a fan
  • Go to a concert of a band you don’t know and act like a groupie
  • Sterilize everything in your house with Everclear
  • Find out who REALLY invented peanut butter

Top 10 songs for the holidays

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Dec 032012
 

Author: Allison LeCain

Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Christmastime is Here by Vince Geraldi Trio

2. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

3. All I Want for Christmas is You by Michael Bublé

4. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams

5. Sleigh Ride by Relient K

6. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft

7. Let it Snow by Dean Martin

8. Happy X-mas by John Lennon

9. A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

10. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney