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Birth Control

Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant, pushing him away

Dear Straight Talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I'm 18. She's been on the pill since she was 16 but maybe forgot to take them some days?? All she does is cry, call me constantly,…


Brother blackmailed over condoms

Dear Straight Talk: I'm 16, sharing a room with my 13-year-old sister because our single-parent mom can’t afford otherwise. My sister snooped, found my hidden condoms and now she's blackmailing me. I have to pay her from my…


Does college couple need pill and condom both?

Dear Straight Talk:  My boyfriend is 22 and I'm almost 20. We're in college and unsure about our long-term future so we just call ourselves friends. However, our relationship has been monogamous and steady for almost a year…

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Boyfriend the biggest loser if girl gets caught

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My 17-year-old daughter has approached me to start birth control. Her boyfriend is 19. I told her that using a condom in addition to the pill is best, and that because…


Girl abuses birth control pills for Plan B effect

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: A friend of mine is doing something dumb. She always forgets to take her birth control pills so if she has sex she just swallows a whole packet at once. She says it…


Having sex, protected or not, is playing with fire

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and I’m pregnant. I was using a birth control shot. I have tons of support, especially from my mother, to make my own choice and I am confident in my decision to have a medicinal abortion. The problem…

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Unconditional love means confidential access to a doctor

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a mother of grown daughters and I’ve been reading the columns on the dilemma girls face regarding whether or not to confide in their parents over things like…


Mom suspects daughter needs birth control

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter is 16 and has had the same boyfriend for two years. They are both good kids and real responsible. I happen to be a realistic parent and considering how in love they…


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