Subject: strictly fyi: resources for health (and social studies) teachers, school nurses
From: "Reis, Beth" <>
Date: 11/17/2011 12:39 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:
(1) Worried about contraceptive safety? You'll find this meta-analysis reassuring.*
(2) Lesson plans for high school about abstinence, LGBT youth, contraception, gender and more
(3) Lesson plans for all ages about LGBT issues, bullying/harassment, gender, family
* NOTE: Why is the Safe Schools Coalition sending information about birth control resources when our focus is LGBTIQ youth? Well, first because bisexual and intersex youth may obviously be in relationships where contraception matters. But also because lesbian and gay youth may be in heterosexual relationships. Having mostly same-gender attractions and crushes doesn't mean a person will never date someone of a different gender (what some people still call "opposite sex"). And a transgender youth may still be at risk of becoming pregnant or helping someone else to become pregnant if they haven't had surgery (most have not) or used hormones for very long (many haven't used hormones at all yet and some others haven't used them for very long). Studies show that lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are at increased risk of being involved in a pregnancy. See and
(1) Worried about contraceptive safety? You'll find this meta-analysis reassuring.
An analysis of 17 studies recently published in the journal Contraception (journal of the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals) found "There was no evidence of increased pregnancy complications or adverse fetal outcomes following cessation of any of the reversible methods reported."
The analysis also found that fertility generally returned quickly after women discontinued using birth control. Considering that 100 couples using no contraception are expected to have 85 pregnancies over the course of the year, it is reassuring that, depending upon the method of contraception, all but one of the 17 studies found that 73-96% of contraceptive users got pregnant within a year of stopping.
You will find the abstract here:
(2) Lesson plans for high school about abstinence, LGBT youth, contraception, gender and more
Free downloadable lesson plans: go to
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(3) Lesson plans for all ages about LGBT issues, bullying/harassment, gender, family
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