Teen Guide to Birth Control
Another teen guide-to-life book. We have prolific health writer Alan Nourse again instructing the kids on various methods of birth control. For 1988, this isn’t a bad choice. His writing is pretty plain-spoken and doesn’t get bogged down in judgments, unlike a lot of publications, both older and newer. The info is mostly focused on the female perspective. It’s pretty clear that if a woman wants to avoid pregnancy, it is up to her. Boys seem incidental to the conversation.
It is really important to make sure that these materials are reviewed in a timely manner. Note the contraceptive sponge on the chapter on barrier methods. I know they went off the market for a time in the mid-1990s and have recently returned. (I am not really clear about exact dates.) Again, this material has a limited shelf life. Make sure you get in there and weed your medical information books.
Also, what’s with that weird font on the cover?