Our top story this week involves the number of young people who report experiencing dating violence – more than 1/3 of U.S. teens and young adults, according to a new study from the Center for Innovative Public Health Research in San Clemente, California.
Survey Finds that 1 in 3 Young Americans Has Suffered Dating Violence
More than one-third of U.S. teens and young adults say they’ve suffered abuse during dating and about one-third say they’ve been perpetrators of abuse, new research finds. About one-quarter say they’ve been both an abuser and a victim. These are the results of a new survey conducted by researcher, Michele Ybarra at the Center for Innovative Public Health Research. She and her colleagues surveyed 1,058 young people, ages14 to 20. Intimate partner violence is associated with poor school performance, poor self-esteem, depression and thoughts of suicide. It also increases the risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections through reproductive coercion (partner messing with your birth control or pressuring you to get pregnant or have unprotected sex).
- Read more about the study: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/07/31/study-dating-violence-is-common-among-young-americans
- To learn more about stopping intimate partner violence: http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/
- To get help with dating violence or rep if you live in San Francisco: http://leapsf.org/
- To get help if you live somewhere else: http://www.thehotline.org/
Trying to Get Pregnant? Avoid BPA, a Chemical in Plastics
A Harvard study reported this week that Bisphenol-A, or BPA, a common chemical in plastics, may hurt fertility. BPA, which is often found in products like water bottles and food storage containers, has previously been in the headlines due to concerns over its long-term safety. However, this is the first study to look at how it harms human ova (eggs), the female sex cell. Researchers fround that exposure to BPA caused a decrease in the percentage of eggs that matured, an increase in the percentage of eggs that degenerated, and an increase in the number of eggs that went through spontaneous activation — when an egg acts like it’s been fertilized, but it hasn’t been. To learn more about the study, click here.
Tattoos Can Hide Malignant Melanomas, Experts Say
While not exactly reproductive health news, enough of us on the Go Folic! staff have tattoes that we wanted to share this study. Our most important take-away? When choosing where to put a tattoe, avoid moles and birthmarks – the ink in tattoes can make it difficult to see changes that could be a sign of skin cancer. Read the whole study here.