3 Things You May Not Know About the Morning-After Pill

Morning-After Pill
Morning-After Pill

3 Things You may Not Know About The Morning-After Pill

The morning after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant

You may have heard about the morning-after pill; you may have even taken the pill yourself. Before we get to the unknowns, let’s get some basic information out of the way. The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, nor does it provide protection against STIs, so it’s a good idea to get a free STI/STD test if you’ve had unprotected sex. Now on to some some things you may not know.

Caution about morning-after pill
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1. The morning-after pill is not designed to stay in your body for long. It is intended to be used every time you have unprotected sex.

Yes, that means if you had unprotected sex on Monday, took the
morning-after pill and then had unprotected sex again on Wednesday, you would have to take another pill Wednesday. Depending on what brand you buy, that could cost $100. Not very cost effective.

Morning-after pill is not birth control
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2. The morning-after pill is NOT an effective form of birth control.

Most morning-after pills are OTC (over the counter). The hormone used is designed to delay ovulation; meaning it is supposed to delay the release of the egg from the ovary. Its effect is very temporary. If you need reliable, long term pregnancy prevention, this is not the solution.

Period tracker
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3. The morning-after pill will likely delay your menstrual cycle.

Using the morning-after pill may delay your period by up to one week. The number one side effect of these types of pills is irregular periods, which can make tracking your period difficult.

The morning-after pill does not guarantee you will not get pregnant, so if you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks you will need to test for pregnancy.

That’s where we come in. If you think you’re pregnant, it’s important to know for sure. Contact Alcove Health Women’s Clinic today for your free pregnancy test, free STI/STD testing, and options consultation. All of our services are provided at no-cost and with confidentiality, right here in Newport News. Make us your first CALL and gain everything you need to make a decision that’s right for your reproductive health.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

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We Used a Condom

We Used A Condom
We Used A Condom

We Used a Condom

Could I Still Be Pregnant Or Have An STI?

You’ve heard about safe sex all your life.  You may not want to be pregnant right now and you definitely don’t want a sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI).  So you do the responsible thing.  You buy some condoms.  Right?  But then the unthinkable happens.  The condom breaks or slips off.  Now what? 

What are the chances you’ve become infected, or pregnant?  Let’s look at some statistics.  When used properly condoms are generally about 98% effective.  But that drops to 88% when they are not used correctly.   According to the CDC, The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.”  But even mutually monogamous relationships can carry risks, as noted by the CDC, “many infected persons may be unaware of their infections because STDs are often asymptomatic or unrecognized.”  And of course, no form of birth control is 100% effective.

Hindsight is 20/20.  If it’s too late and you think you might be facing an unplanned pregnancy, give us a call.  Don’t let a condom fail cause you anxiety – get the answers you need today at at Alcove Health Women’s Clinic where we offer free pregnancy tests with free STI/STD tests.  We are a judgment free place to get medically evidence information; don’t spend another day worrying that you might be pregnant.  Call us at 757-591-8141 or make an appointment by clicking HERE today.  We are a safe place for you to process your options.

By Sheri, Client Advocate

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What Choice?

What Choice? I Was Using Birth Control and Now I'm Pregnant.
What Choice? I Was Using Birth Control and Now I'm Pregnant.

What Choice?

I was using birth control and now I'm pregnant

The stress of making a decision in an unplanned pregnancy is a heavy weight carried by many women. Half of all unintended pregnancies occur while women are using birth control. Given this, when faced with the reality that their birth control failed, many women are conflicted over what to do. Abortion can be against a some women’s moral or religious beliefs, complicating her decision. Plus, the public debate over abortion adds more stress to the complex choice. Many women make a pregnancy decision without an abortion consultation. But it shouldn’t be this way.
 
The decision to seek an abortion is multifaceted and usually heart-wrenching. This can be impacted by the reality that a woman can legally make this decision without the consent of the baby’s father. If possible, communication between partners is essential at this point. Many women state that they are waiting to hear an honest opinion from her partner.  She doesn’t want to make the decision alone.  Hearing It’s your choice. I’ll support whatever decision you make” is not being a “partner” in the choice – but leaving her alone to choose between abortion, parenting and adoption.  
 
At this point, she is in a crisis situation and needs support.  She may feel very alone and unable to confide in many people. When a partner, family member or trusted friend doesn’t speak up, it can be perceived that abortion is the only answer. A woman often appreciates the assurance that she is not alone in making a decision that will greatly impact her future.  Once chosen, abortion is a final decision and there is no turning back.
 

If this is you, Alcove Health Women’s Clinic is a safe place to process your unplanned pregnancy.  You deserve medically-evidenced information to make the best decision. That’s why we provide options consultation, ultrasounds, parenting support and more.  All for free and with total confidentiality.

You’re not alone. You can still live out your dreams. Schedule a FREE appointment right now by clicking HERE.

By Stephanie, Client Advocate

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The Pullout Method

A shocked young woman staring at a pregnancy test because she didn't think she could get pregnant using the pullout method as a form of birth control
A shocked young woman staring at a pregnancy test because she didn't think she could get pregnant using the pullout method as a form of birth control

The Pullout Method

1 in every 5 women get pregnant using the pullout method.​

Would you do something if you knew you had a 1 in 5 chance of dying? Well, 1 in every 5 women get pregnant using the pull-out method and when you get those 2 lines on your free pregnancy test, you may feel like your life is over!

Using the “pull out method” as a means of birth control requires a lot of self-control, and is not particularly effective. The precum fluid could contain sperm and the “pullout” has to be timed perfectly; which in the heat of the moment is not always the first thing on either of your minds.

The pull-out method also does not protect either of you from sexually transmitted diseases.

The “long” and the “short” of it girls is that it is YOUR responsibility to make sure YOU don’t get pregnant, or anything else. Girl, I know you want to please him, BUT it’s YOUR body, YOUR choice so it’s okay to say NO!

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN

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