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Avenue Women’s Center Blog

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“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.

“Can I Get Pregnant from Sperm Without Having Sex?”

Pregnancy can occur even with careful measures of prevention. A condom can break or slip off. A birth control method might prove ineffective. But what if you’re having sex without actual intercourse? If you aren’t ready to be pregnant, you might be wondering about the potential risks and elements that can lead to a pregnancy. So many “what if” scenarios might be floating around inside your mind, leaving you to wonder what’s true and what’s fiction. What are the possibilities of getting pregnant without having sex?

“My Partner Didn’t Do His Part to Prevent Pregnancy”

An unexpected pregnancy can happen even if a woman is cautious to prevent it. You follow your birth control method carefully. You keep track of your ovulation and menstruation cycles to understand when you’re most susceptible of becoming pregnant. You do your part in preventing pregnancy, knowing you aren’t ready to face that possibility right now in life. But what about your partner? What if you think he’s doing his part to prevent a pregnancy, but find out too late that he didn’t? How do you cope with your feelings and a possible pregnancy decision?

Being Honest with Your Doctor about Your Sex Life

Do you cringe at just the thought of going to the gynecologist? Seeing a doctor can be stressful experience for many women—especially if you think you might be pregnant or suspect that you might have a sexual health issue. Anxiety, embarrassment, and even feelings of shame can prevent women from seeking the health care they need. Many women resist talking about their concerns openly with their doctors fearing judgment or imagining the worst possible outcome.

When Should I See a Gynecologist?

A gynecologist is a doctor who specializes in women’s health. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends that a girl has her first gynecologist visit between the ages of 13 and 15 years old.

It is normal to feel nervous before your first visit. You can talk about it with a parent or someone else you trust. You can also share with your doctor that you’re nervous at the beginning of the appointment.