Swing­ing and Screen­ing

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Make That ap­point­ment al­ready

My dog ate half my pack of BC pills—no, re­ally! What should I do?

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er­cent­age of IN­SURED Women of Child­bear Ing age Who f Illed an o pi­oid R x . T he S e Meds May C ause BIR Th d ef ECTS— CONTR acep T Ion I S CRUCI a l . De­spite the whole mul­ti­ple-part­ner thing, women in open re­la­tion­ships have the same risk for STIS as monog­a­mous women do, a re­cent study finds. How can that be? Re­searchers say peo­ple in open re­la­tion­ships likely take more pre­cau­tions, like us­ing con­doms and STI test­ing. Re­gard­less of who (or how many peo­ple) you’re dat­ing, get screened within a month of each new sex­ual part­ner, sug­gests ob-gyn Rachel Casey, MD, spokesper­son for the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Ob­ste­tri­cians and Gyne­col­o­gists. Even if you’re with a long­time S.O., dis­cuss the risk fac­tors (has he cheated? have you?) at your an­nual gyno visit.

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