What Makes a Condom Fail?

What makes a condom fail?
What makes a condom fail?

What Makes a Condom Fail?

Condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and STIs like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and trich if they are used properly and every time you have sex. The important takeaway here is properly and every time. STI testing is so important because condoms fail if not used properly.

If your boyfriend has been storing his condoms in his wallet for the last few years just waiting for a chance to use them, they are probably expired. That’s right, condom boxes and packages have expiration dates! Or let’s say he has kept them in the glove box of his car, through the cold of winter and the heat of summer – the chances of them still being effective are pretty low. These conditions can make condoms fail.

So it is important that condoms be used before their expiration date. You also want to make sure the condom isn’t worn down from being carried around and that the package isn’t opened by something sharp – if you want it to work. It’s also important that the condom is the right size, you have proper lubrication, and there is room left at the tip to prevent breakage.

It is difficult enough to get him to use one, so make sure it is still in good working condition when he does. After all, why would you wear one just to have the condom fail?

If by some chance the condom breaks during sex, you need to stop immediately and use a new one. But there will still be questions in the back of your mind – What if I’m pregnant? What if he gave me an STI? Was I exposed long enough for either of these to happen?

When a condom breaks, there is always a chance that a pregnancy could occur or an STI could have been transferred.  Remember that many people who have an STI are not aware that they have one – so you can’t rely on symptoms to let you know if you’ve been exposed! A condom fail is a sign that you need to be tested – for pregnancy and an STI.

So, if you missed your period or have a positive pregnancy test, rather than sitting at home stressing about being pregnant and having an STI, click here or call to request your free appointment at Alcove Health. Located in Newport News, we provide a pregnancy test with each STI appointment and we offer STI testing with every pregnancy appointment. All of our services are provided for free – and yes, when we say free, we mean completely free. So stop worrying about your condom fail and get peace of mind. Request your confidential appointment today.

By Kinta, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager

June 8, 2022

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I’m Afraid I’m Pregnant, Do I Need An STI Test?

I’m afraid I’m pregnant, do I need an STI test?
I’m afraid I’m pregnant, do I need an STI test?

I’m afraid I’m pregnant, do I need an STI test?

If it's possible that you may be pregnant, it's also possible that you may have an STI

There are some things in life that you absolutely must know for sure! There is no room for guessing games, no space for maybes. Some things are just too important. Knowing whether or not you are pregnant is definitely at the top of the list. And knowing if you have an STI is next in line. If it is possible that you may be pregnant, it is also possible that you may have an STI. Let’s face it. If you’ve had unprotected sex, you need an STI test and a pregnancy test.

Let us help you get the answers you need. Alcove Health Women’s Clinic provides free and confidential pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, options consultations, and STI testing. These services will answer the pregnancy question and help you get the information you need to decide your next steps.

You may be so concerned with a pregnancy, that you’re not even thinking about an STI. But you should. Here’s why:

    • You can have an STI without knowing it. You can have an STI and have no symptoms. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion most STIs “either do not produce any symptoms or signs, or they produce symptoms so mild that they are unnoticed”.   
    • You may have symptoms, but mistakenly think the symptoms are related to something else.
    • You or your partner may have passed on an infection from a previous sexual partner, without knowing it. Don’t just take his word!
    • An STI can be spread in more than one way. Many STIs can spread through oral sex.
    • It’s important to TEST and RETEST! The Center for Disease Control recommends that persons who have been treated for chlamydia and gonorrhea retest 3 months after being treated.

Whether or not you are pregnant or have an STI are not the kinds of questions you want to leave unanswered. An untreated STI can lead to serious medical conditions  which can impact your health, both now and later. It may feel a little embarrassing to talk about, but protecting your sexual health is worth a little discomfort.

    • In 2018, 26 million cases of STIs were reported to the CDC. Over half of those cases were reported in young adults, ages 15 to 24.
    • In 2019, 1,808,703 cases of chlamydia and 616,392 cases of gonorrhea were reported to the Center for Disease Control. Almost 2/3 of the chlamydia cases were in people ages 15 to 24.

Get a pregnancy test and an STI test so you can know for sure. Call Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. We provide free and confidential pregnancy tests and STI testing. If your STI test is positive, we can also provide you with information on where to go to receive confidential treatment. Alcove Health Women’s Clinic understands this is a sensitive subject and we are waiting to provide a safe, supportive, judgement-free space for you to get the answers you need, so you can know for sure. Click here to request your confidential appointment today.

By Karen, Client Advocate

February 15, 2022

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4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

4 Things to Consider before an Abortion
4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

4 Things to Consider before an Abortion

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion

Making a decision about an unplanned pregnancy is never easy. Being free to choose means understanding all options and resources available. There are some things to consider before an abortion, that’s why it’s so important to have an abortion consultation. At Alcove Health, we care and we want to help. We are here for you. Click here to make an appointment today with one of our compassionate staff members.

Abortion is one of your three pregnancy options. There is vital information that you need to know before proceeding with an abortion. You deserve to know any risks that can occur during an abortion. You also need to know what abortion procedures are available to you. Below you will find 4 important things to consider before an abortion.

1. A Laboratory Grade Pregnancy Test

Get your pregnancy confirmed with a laboratory-grade pregnancy test prior to moving forward with an abortion. This will confirm the results of your at-home pregnancy test, as there is still a chance for inaccurate results. Schedule a confidential pregnancy test at no cost to you at Alcove. Our team of nurses can help you get the clarity you need.

2. Verify the Viability of the Pregnancy

After confirming your pregnancy through a laboratory-grade pregnancy test, verify the results with an ultrasound. An ultrasound reveals three vital details about your pregnancy, all of which are important to consider before an abortion:

    • The viability of your pregnancy (Is there a heartbeat?)
    • The location of your pregnancy (Is the pregnancy in the uterus?)
    • How far along you are (What is the gestational age?)

An ultrasound also indicates if you are miscarrying or have an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy growing outside of the uterus). In either of these cases, an abortion procedure would not be necessary, but it could be a medical emergency and you would need to seek medical care.

3. The Importance of STI Testing

Whether you have a positive or negative pregnancy test this is a good time to consider STI testing to ensure that you have not been exposed. All women considering abortion should be evaluated for STIs, even if they are not experiencing any symptoms, to ensure that there are no possible complications. It is important to know that undiagnosed or untreated STIs can have a negative impact on any future pregnancies that you may have.

4. Abortion Education and Options Consultation

Before an abortion, you will want proof of a confirmed pregnancy through a pregnancy test and an ultrasound. Once you have confirmed you have a viable pregnancy, it’s important to learn about the procedures available to you. Our registered nurses will give you all the medical information you need, including abortion education. Understanding your body and what will happen during an abortion is vital to your reproductive health. Having a safe space to discuss all your options with a trained client advocate is just as crucial.

Processing your options and receiving medically evidenced information will give you the information you need to consider before an abortion. Women facing an unplanned pregnancy often feel alone and unheard. We are here for you and we want to help. Click here to make a no-cost appointment today or call us at 757-591-8141.

By Sylvia, Client Advocate

February 8th, 2022

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Morning Sickness

I’m afraid I’m pregnant, do I need an STI test?
I’m afraid I’m pregnant, do I need an STI test?

Morning Sickness

What to Eat, Drink, Avoid and . . . Healthy Habits

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, you are in good company! According to medical experts, more than half of pregnant women experience some type of nausea or vomiting during pregnancy. Morning sickness is a normal part of early pregnancy – it may even start shortly after you receive your free pregnancy test! So let’s consider the following remedies to manage your nausea and find RELIEF!

EAT

    • Small, bland, and frequent meals- morning sickness is often worse on a very full or very empty stomach.
    • Plenty of protein and carbs-not heavy or greasy.
    • Crackers before you get out of bed in the morning.
    • Simple to prepare foods like oatmeal, a fruit smoothie, or a sandwich without processed meat.

DRINK

    • Sip ginger tea or chew on ginger candies.
    • Peppermint tea or diffuse peppermint essential oil. 
    • Small sips throughout the day – stay hydrated!
    • Lemonade, suck a lemon, or sniff some lemon juice.

AVOID

    • Strong smells whenever possible.
    • Getting overheated.

CONTINUE HEALTHY HABITS

    • Walking in the fresh air, prenatal stretching, or swimming.
    • Get extra rest when possible. 

If you find that home remedies aren’t helping to keep your morning sickness to a tolerable level, a prescription for a Vitamin B-6 supplement or an anti-nausea medication that’s safe to take during pregnancy may be what is necessary.  

If you have recently taken a positive pregnancy test at home and want to talk through your options with a trained client advocate, go over any concerns with an R.N. and connect with community resources, please call 757-591-8141.

Click HERE to make your appointment at Alcove Health a Women’s Clinic in Newport News, our services are provided at no cost to you and totally confidential.

By Stephanie, Client Advocate

February 25, 2021

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Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

Facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia
Facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

Unplanned Pregnancy in Newport News, Virginia

About 1,700 Newport News women face unplanned pregnancies every year. You may be one of these women. Wondering what to do with a pregnancy you didn’t plan and you may not want.

If you’re living in Newport News, here’s a great option for you – Alcove Health Women’s Clinic. We’re conveniently located right here in the center of the city. What’s more, all of our services are provided with confidentiality and they’re completely free. 

You may be a lifelong resident of Newport News. Or you may just be visiting the area. Or you may be a student at Christopher Newport University – only living here during the school year.  Whatever your reason for coming to Newport News, if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, we’re here to provide you with the close-by, confidential medical services you need to make a safe decision.

It’s the best first call you can make as a pregnant woman.

At Alcove Health Women’s Clinic, you can find a safe space to get medically accurate information and support so you can make an informed decision that’s good for your reproductive health.  

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy in Newport News, Alcove Health can provide you with a free pregnancy test, a free ultrasound, and education about all of your options.  All without ever leaving the area.

And what’s more, when you come to our local clinic, we can help you connect with additional resources through our community partners here in Newport News.

Real care, tailored to your individual needs – that’s what Alcove Health provides.

An unplanned pregnancy may be just the tip of the iceberg for you. Other stressors in your life may weigh heavy on you as well. Alcove Health can help you get the help you need. We have connections to local resources for food, housing assistance, medical insurance – and so much more!

This is our area. We live in the area we serve and we want to connect local women will all the resources they need. Pregnancy may be the first thing on your mind, but it’s probably not the only thing on your mind. Life with an unplanned pregnancy is complicated. We can help you find the assistance you need –  right here in Newport News. Call us today.

Facing an unplanned pregnancy? Click here to make a no-cost appointment in Newport News, Virginia at Alcove Health today.

By Sherri, Client Advocate

February 10, 2021

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