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First-Hand Stories + Sex-Ed at Home + Greater Representation in Reproductive Rights
Reproductive rights activist Deja Foxx's first hand account of her advocacy following the downfall of Roe
"I would get arrested again and again and again until something changes—although none of us should have to."
Read reproductive rights activist Deja Foxx's first hand account of her advocacy following the downfall of Roe here.
From the blog…

What we're watching, reading, listening to, and taking action on:

  • The federal government is requesting stories from patients on challenges in accessing reproductive health services. We encourage you to submit your experiences on getting birth control, STI testing and treatment, gender-affirming care, and other reproductive health services with your Medicaid, Marketplace, or CHIP insurance plans to show why affordable access to these services is so important.
    • Questions to help get you started:
      • What kind of reproductive care did you seek out?
      • What are some barriers you faced in getting your care? Experience with travel, finding a provider that accepted your insurance, etc.?
      • What kind of stigma did you experience from your friends, family, and/or community?
      • How did your health insurance help you get the care that you needed?
      • Why was it important to get the care that you needed, how did it impact your life?
Read the full request here and submit your stories via CMS's comment portal. Submissions are due by November 4, 2022.

Ask the Experts:
"Does the birth control shot lose effectiveness as you get closer to your next shot date?"

Short answer: Nope! It might seem like the birth control shot — also called Depo-Provera or the Depo shot — would “taper off” and stop working as well the closer you get to the end of the 3-month shot cycle, but it actually doesn't. You get the same protection in month 3 as you get in month 1.

But it's still important to get your next shot on time and not be late — even though the shot gives you really great protection against pregnancy for 3 months, pregnancy is possible if you go more than 15 weeks without getting your next shot.

So do your best to get your shot on time every 12-13 weeks, but know that if you can't and are a week or 2 late you should still be protected. If you miss your shot appointment and it's been 15 weeks or more since your last shot, make sure to use another method of birth control (like condoms) until you can get your next shot.

— Kendall at Planned Parenthood

*Note: Planned Parenthood is not responsible for nor does it endorse any legal, medical, or other advice or information provided by any of the entities identified or referenced herein or by any other third parties, whether referenced herein or not.

Check out Ask The Experts for more Q&As on a ton of different health topics.