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Education and Parent Resources

We Are Grateful for YOU!

In 2020, you helped Bridgercare… Provide 8,201 visits.  4,921 patient visits received a discount on the sliding fee scale, which provided $310,073 worth of medical services at no cost to the patient Insert 539 IUDs and Nexplanons (which are >99% effective birth control methods) Pivot to offering care via telehealth throughout the stay at home [...]

What’s the Point of a Pap?

You’ve probably have heard of Pap smears, and that it’s important to get them on the reg. But lots of us don’t know why this test is so necessary! Although it seems a little mysterious and definitely a bit daunting, Pap smears should be on the radar for anyone who has a cervix. Knowing the [...]

2020-10-09T13:02:42-06:00October 9th, 2020|Clinic Services, Education and Parent Resources|

A Letter from Lily – Peer Ed needs your help!

Full transparency - this is a straight up fundraising blog post for our Peer Education/Sexual Health Education program, BUT BEFORE YOU LEAVE THIS PAGE, please know it was written by one of our Peer Educators Lily. Lily is truly an incredible young person and we really hope you will take a minute to listen to [...]

Kids Want Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Roles

Welcome to Part 2 of Gender Identity 101: Kids Want Pizza Rolls, Not Gender Roles! Every time I take my three year old to pretty much any store, we have to have the same conversation about how silly it is that there are separate aisles for “boy toys” and “girl toys.” Our world pressures kids [...]

2020-08-10T16:06:46-06:00August 10th, 2020|Education and Parent Resources|

Gender Identity 101: Knowing the Difference

I’ve always cared about righting what I see as injustices. But once my daughter, Lucy, was born, it became deeply personal. In the 3 ½ years since she was born, every time I hear of a child being harmed, neglected, bullied or mistreated, I think, “What if that was Lucy? She deserves better.” All children [...]

2020-07-21T13:38:38-06:00July 17th, 2020|Education and Parent Resources|

(Pre) Planning Pregnancy

To say my daughter was planned would be an understatement. When we were still dating, I told my now-husband that my greatest dream was to be a parent and if my nieces and nephews didn’t like him when they met him, it would be a signal that he wasn’t the one for me. Thankfully for [...]

Holiday Glow-Up: Helping Your Child Through Puberty

The holidays can be stressful. From unpredictable weather to the art of gift giving, coordinating school events to plotting out travel plans – managing the festivities can turn into quite the balancing act! Coupled with a child going through puberty, some frustrations may come out during the “most wonderful time of the year.” The following [...]

2019-11-04T14:17:40-07:00November 4th, 2019|Education and Parent Resources|

Backcountry Menstruation: Tips for Periods on the Trail

The route’s planned, the gear’s packed, and the great outdoors are calling. But… what if you or your kid gets their period on the trail? Everybody’s (okay, nobody’s) favorite monthly visitor can be anxiety-producing in many occasions, but if you’re far from modern plumbing, periods pose additional challenges. There are lots of options for navigating [...]

2020-05-26T13:22:17-06:00October 18th, 2019|Education and Parent Resources|

The Miss-Conceptions of HPV: Not Just for “Misses”

What is HPV? A not-so-fun fact: Virtually every person who is sexually active will get Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) at some point in their life if they do not receive the vaccine. HPV is definitively THE most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States, with 79 million people currently infected.  Every year, about 14 [...]

2019-08-28T13:44:25-06:00August 20th, 2019|Clinic Services, Education and Parent Resources|

Why You Should Talk To Your Child About Sex (Sooner Than You Think)

Despite not having any kids (thanks to the wonderful information about contraception I received as a Peer Educator with Bridgercare!), I am familiar with how intimidating “The Talk” can feel for everyone involved. However, the benefits of establishing an open line of communication from an early age are so compelling that I would encourage parents [...]

2019-08-13T16:53:01-06:00August 13th, 2019|Education and Parent Resources|

LARCs: FAQ About the “Get it and Forget it” Methods

Starting with… what the heck is a LARC? Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (whew, it’s a mouthful) are birth control methods that last for years, are super effective, and require no action whatsoever aside from insertion and removal. It’s basically a long-term relationship with your birth control (that you can break up with whenever you please, because [...]

2019-11-21T13:14:29-07:00July 29th, 2019|Clinic Services, Education and Parent Resources|

All Your Questions Answered: Bridgercare & Planned Parenthood

As everyone knows, Bridgercare stands with Planned Parenthood! Bridgercare and Planned Parenthood work closely together and fully support one other, so we get a lot of questions as to who does what, where, and why. As family planning and reproductive healthcare are highlighted in the national spotlight, we figured we’d dig in into what makes [...]

2019-06-20T14:49:12-06:00June 5th, 2019|Education and Parent Resources|

Growing Up With GYNO

Reflections on the 4-point plan By Sofia Shomento, daughter of Dr. Stacy Shomento, OB-GYN, REI.   When my younger brother came home from his 6th grade puberty talk he declared, “they got most of it right...” For my siblings and me, the lousy ‘stork explanation’ of where babies come from didn’t cut it, not even [...]

2019-05-28T10:06:13-06:00May 28th, 2019|Education and Parent Resources, Humor|

Free Condoms? Where to Find Them in South-Central Montana

Throughout the United States, rates of sexually transmitted infection continue to rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that from 2013 to 2017, syphilis rates nearly doubled, chlamydia remained at record highs, and gonorrhea cases increased by 67%. The CDC estimates that 1.1 million people in the US have HIV, but 1 [...]

2019-09-18T10:03:47-06:00March 26th, 2019|Clinic Services, Education and Parent Resources|

Everything You Need To Know About The Birth Control Pill

So you’re in your appointment at Bridgercare, and you’ve decided that you want to use the birth control pill. They’re affordable, safe and effective (as long you take them every day at the same time). However, birth control pills aren’t all the same, so how do you and your provider decide which pill is the [...]

2019-03-13T10:58:05-06:00March 13th, 2019|Clinic Services, Education and Parent Resources|
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