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Avenue Women’s Center Blog

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Common STDs: What Are the Risks?

For the fifth consecutive year, combined cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis have risen in the U.S., and 2.4 million infections were reported last year alone. The rise in sexually transmitted diseases across the U.S. raises public health concerns, as reports found STDs were highest among adolescents and young adults. Contracting an STD can be stressful, but understanding your symptoms and how to prevent STDs can strengthen your reproductive health.

“What Are Some Non-Hormonal Birth Control Methods?”

While you may be looking to avoid an unexpected pregnancy, perhaps you feel uncertain about hormonal contraceptive methods. Some women refrain from using hormonal birth control, as it changes your hormone levels to prevent fertilization, and you may not be comfortable with this for various reasons. Fortunately, there are some non-hormonal birth control options available that you may want to consider.

“Is It Okay to Have Unprotected Sex After Taking the Morning-After Pill?”

Circumstances sometimes arise where you missed a birth control pill or your primary birth control method didn’t work. You may find yourself asking what you should do next, and perhaps you turn to emergency contraceptive methods. Emergency birth control such as the morning-after pill is used to prevent pregnancies after engaging in unprotected sex. But how does the process work? Is it ok to have unprotected sex after taking the morning after pill?

“I Can’t Be Pregnant – We were Using Condoms Most of the Time!”

Perhaps you’ve been sexually active, using condoms most of the time, thinking you are “safe.” Now you had a positive pregnancy test and discover that you are pregnant despite your precautions. You may have any number of questions running through your mind. How did this happen? We thought we were being safe! What are my options now?

“How Soon Can I Have Sex After an Abortion?”

If you are considering an abortion or have recently had an abortion, you may have some questions about when it is “safe” to have sex again following the procedure. How long do you have to wait to have sex after an abortion? Are there different waiting periods for a surgical abortion than the abortion pill (medication abortion)? Along with the physical considerations of sex after an abortion, there also may be some emotional factors to take into account.