Health Buzz: Emergency Contraception Use Rising

How to claim (or reclaim) the love of your life; set an example when you set the table

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CDC: 1 in 9 Sexually-Active Women Have Used "Morning After" Pill

More and more women have been using emergency contraception pills, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2006 through 2010, 11 percent of sexually-active women between ages 15 and 44 had used emergency contraception, the report says, up from just 4.2 percent in 2002, and less than 1 percent in 1995. Young women were most likely to use the "morning after" pills. Nearly 1 in 4 of sexually-active women between 20 and 24 had used emergency contraception. Across all ages, around 50 percent of women said they used the contraception because they had unprotected sex. Beth Jordan Mynett, medical director of the Washington, D.C.-based Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, told USA Today that these emergency contraception pills should not be confused with "abortion pills." "Emergency contraception does not cause an abortion. You take emergency contraception pills to largely prevent ovulation from happening. This is pregnancy prevention," she says.

How to Claim (or Reclaim) the Love of Your Life

Fifteen years ago, foremost couples counselors Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt found themselves on the brink of divorce. At the height of his career, thanks in part to appearances on Oprah, they were "the best-known couple around couple's therapy in the world—and probably had one of the worst marriages," says Hendrix, who authored the bestsellers Getting the Love You Want and Keeping the Love You Find.

What happened next, however, saved their marriage and can teach the rest of us a lot about how to keep our partnerships safe and strong.

In some way, Hendrix and Hunt knew too much about relationships.

"I thought my role in being Harville's one-and-only partner was to help remind him of the good advice and keep pointing out ways that he could be doing things better than he was doing," she says, laughing at her generous dispensations of unsolicited advice. "I wasn't even going to charge him."

Hunt's idea of helping was actually harming the relationship, fueling the negativity that suffused their interactions. [Read more: How to Claim (or Reclaim) the Love of Your Life]

Set an Example When You Set the Table

Whether it's for a birthday, a holiday, or just for no reason at all, we shower our kids with gifts throughout their lives, writes U.S. News blogger Bonnie Taub-Dix. As our children grow, their closets and dressers see many articles of clothing come and go, but how many of those items will remain indelibly etched in their minds? When making memories, it's not usually the material items that get remembered and re-emerge on a daily basis; it's the life lessons that really penetrate.

The other day, my middle son was about to embark on his first business trip. Right before he left for the airport, he asked, "Could you teach me how to iron?" That question hit me like a ton of bricks. All I could think about was: "My father was a tailor ... how could I have never taught my kids how to iron—or sew, for that matter?" I proceeded to pull out the ironing board that was neatly nestled in the closet and quickly enrolled him in Ironing 101. And it was after his plane took off that I thought about one of the most important lessons I have taught my children: I showed them how to have a wonderful and healthy relationship with food.

As parents, whether we like it or not, we are teaching lessons every day. Our children observe our moves, our decisions, and our habits, even if no words about these actions are ever spoken. [Read more: Set an Example When You Set the Table]

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