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How Does STI Impact My Sexual Health

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You asked: How does STI Impact my Sexual Health

Pregnancy is not the only thing to be concerned about after having sex. STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) are common. Some can be cured. Some cannot. Many have lifelong effects.

HPV (human papillomavirus) is the primary cause of cervical cancer. At least 50 percent of sexually active men and women aquire a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives. Most HPV infections have no signs or symptoms; therefore, most infected people are unaware they are infected, yet they can transmit the virus to a sex partner.

Even less well known is that these cancers disproportionately affect LGBT people based on lifestyle factors and screening habits more than their heterosexual counterparts … HIV-positive gay or bisexual men have higher levels of both HPV infection and HPV-related disease than heterosexual men … An estimated 61% of HIV-negative and 93% of HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have anal HPV infections, compared to 50% or less of heterosexual men. Men who have sex with men are also at increased risk for anal cancer compared to the general population …Compared to heterosexual women, lesbians may be at greater risk for HPV and cervical cancer due to health and lifestyle factors

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. Because the cervix of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection.

In women, symptoms of Gonorrhea are often mild, but most women who are infected have no symptoms. Even when a woman has symptoms, they can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Untreated Gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems.

There are still over 1 million people living with HIV in the United States. About one-fourth of those have not yet been diagnosed and are unaware of their infection.

Sex is a big deal. Know the facts. Make informed decisions. Respect yourself.

Source: Medical Institute (www.medinstitute.org)

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What are my options?

QUESTIONS-options

You Asked: What are my options?

Consider Your Choices

If you have a positive pregnancy test, you have three choices to consider:

Abortion

If you’re thinking about finding an abortion clinic, it is important to remember that abortion is a medical procedure. What type will you have? What are the risks? You deserve to know the facts. You owe it to yourself to make an informed decision.

Perhaps you’re thinking:

The father is insisting on an abortion
I’m not ready to be a parent
I can’t tell anyone I’m pregnant

We know exactly how you feel and you’re not alone. Many of our staff have been where you are. If you’re considering abortion, you need to know:

Are you really pregnant?

Is your pregnancy normal? Or are you at risk for natural miscarriage? Or do you have a tubal pregnancy requiring immediate medical attention?
How far along are you?

You may also be interested in knowing:

What kind of abortions are available to you?
What are your rights with abortion providers?
Are there any short-term or long-term risks to consider?

We can help you understand your choices and your pregnancy, discuss your health and explain your abortion options.

Adoption

You have lots of choices with adoption. Will it be open or closed? Will it be private or will you use an agency? You are in the driver’s seat when making an adoption plan and there are lots of things to consider if you:

Don’t want an abortion and aren’t ready to be a parent
Want to provide your child with a 2-parent family
Want to provide your child emotional and financial stability.

In today’s adoptions, you can know your child and be a part of your child’s life. You can have the peace of knowing your child is loved and cared for by the couple you choose.

We can help you understand your options with adoption.

Parenting

You may have more questions than answers about parenting or maybe the thought of becoming a parent seems impossible to you at this time. We’ve talked to hundreds of clients who are concerned about things like this:

My husband or boyfriend doesn’t want the baby but I do
(for men) My girlfriend doesn’t want the baby but I do
I can’t tell my family
How will I finish school?
How will I continue working?
Where will I live?
I don’t have medical insurance
I can’t afford a child
I’m too young

We can talk about all these issues with you so you can decide if parenting is right for you.

Call for your appointment. We’re here to serve you.

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How can I know if I am pregnant?

QUESTION-PREGNANT

You asked: “How can I know if I am pregnant?”

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Don’t get caught worrying about being pregnant before you are sure. A missed period is the most common indication, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you are pregnant.

The Common Symptoms Include:

  • Late period
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Backaches
  • Food cravings or aversions
  • Darkening of the nipples

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What is the Abortion Pill RU486?

QUESTION-RU486

You asked: “What is the abortion pill? RU486”

RU486/Abortion Pill

Before taking RU486, or Abortion Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you’re pregnant and advise you on your options.

What is it?

RU-486, also known as “the abortion pill,” is actually a combination of two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — that cause early abortion. It should not be used if it has been more than 7 weeks since your last period. It is NOT the same as the “morning after pill.”

How does it work?

The first pill, mifepristone, is taken orally and blocks the hormone progesterone needed to maintain the pregnancy. The second pill, misoprostol, is inserted into the vagina 24 to 72 hours later, causing the uterus to contract and expel the placenta and embryo.

Things to Consider

An RU-486 abortion requires 3 visits to a health care provider.

Most medical abortions using mifepristone are completed within 2 weeks, but some can take up to 3 or even 4 weeks.
Side effects include heavy bleeding, headache, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and cramping.
If this method fails, a surgical abortion will be required.

Sources:
Kaiser Family Foundation, “Issue Update: Mifepristone: An Early Abortion Option,” July 2001.
Mifeprex® Medication Guide, Danco Laboratories, LLC, revised 7/19/05

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What is the Morning After Pill?

QUESTION-MorningAfterPill

You asked “What is the Morning After Pill? How does it work?”

Morning After Pill (Plan B)

Before taking the Morning After Pill, you should understand what it is, what it could mean to your health and how it works. Call for an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to discuss it with you, confirm if you’re pregnant and advise you on your options.

What is it?

The “morning after pill” is a large dose of oral contraceptive. Known as Plan B, the pill is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is NOT the same as RU-486.

How does it work?

Plan B is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition, it may inhibit implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.

Things to consider

Emergency contraception is not effective if a woman is already pregnant.
Plan B does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
The most common side effects in the Plan B clinical trial were nausea, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, and menstrual changes.
The manufacturer warns that Plan B is not recommended for routine use as a contraceptive.

Source: Manufacturer’s Prescribing Information for Plan B (Levonorgestrel) tablets, 0.75 mg. Mfg. by Gedeon Richter, Ltd., Budapest, Hungary for Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Subsidiary of Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Pomona, NY 10970. Revised Feb 2004. BR-038 / 21000382503

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