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Tips for a Safe and Sexy New Year's Eve


Did you know that sales of emergency contraception more than double in the days after December 31st? And September is the month with the highest birthrate? Coincidence?

Shelby Knox, who travels the country talking to young women about sexual health and feminism, wants you to have a sexy, fun and safe send-off to 2009. She's compiled a list of things to think about as you get ready for the big night. Here are some sexual-health-related highlights, and you can check out the whole list (which includes advice for drinking and personal safety) on her blog or in the clip above:

Anyone who's ever experienced a New Year's Eve knows the expectations are higher than for almost any other night of the year - and the pressures, dangers, and stresses are doubled as well.

Whether it's how to tell your boyfriend that you'd like to remain a virgin into 2010 or that tonight's the night to try something new, it's important to have a plan for how you want your night to go.

Make your resolutions. Decide before you head out for the night how far you're willing to go with your partner. Is the kiss at midnight enough or are you ready to head back to someone's house for more?

Go to the drugstore the day before to get condoms, lube and anything else you'll want to spice up the evening. While you're there, stop at the pharmacy counter and pick up Plan B One Step, the only one-pill emergency contraception that can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.*

Also some advice for parents, especially if your family is home for the holidays: Talk to your kids about sex!

Have a safe and Happy New Year!

*If you're 17 or older, you can simply ask the pharmacist for it without a prescription.