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Avenue Women’s Center Blog

Real people writing about real problems.

“I Had Unprotected Sex: How Long Until I Get Pregnant?”

If you’ve recently had unprotected sex, you may wonder if there’s any chance that you could be pregnant. The process your body goes through to indicate a pregnancy can take time. You may even still be menstruating, and without any clear signs, there can be confusion about whether you’re pregnant or not. After having unprotected sex, how long does it take to get pregnant?

“Is It Possible to Have an Abortion If I Contracted a STD?”

Despite popular belief, it is possible to have a sexually transmitted disease or infection during an unexpected pregnancy. There are at least 25 different types of STDs, and while some of them have noticeable symptoms, others do not. If you are considering abortion, but are concerned you may have a STD, there may be a few things you want to consider first. Identifying any health risks, such as a sexually transmitted disease or infection, is important before moving forward with an abortion decision.

How Effective Are Barrier Contraceptive Methods?

Birth control methods such as the pill, vaginal ring, patch, or an implant may not be preferred contraceptive choices for some women. They may find it inconvenient to obtain a prescription, while others may prefer not to use a hormone-based method. This is why some women rely on barrier methods to prevent unexpected pregnancies. These forms of birth control typically work by physically preventing the egg and sperm from meeting, reducing your chances of an unexpected pregnancy. If you’re looking into contraceptive methods that do not involve taking a pill, then it may be helpful to learn about alternative forms of birth control. You may already be familiar with a few barrier methods, but understanding how they work and what their failure rates are may aid you in finding a method that works for you.

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.