Sexual Health

How do I know if I'm pregnant?

Initial pregnancy symptoms include a missed period, swollen or sore breasts, nausea or vomiting, and tiredness or dizziness. Not everyone is the same–some experience all of the symptoms, some experience none at all. For those who do experience symptoms, they may be mild, moderate, or severe. If you have missed your period and you think you might be pregnant, please contact us for a free pregnancy test.

Is it true that you can get pregnant the first time you have sex?

Yes! You can get pregnant the first time you have sex. There are only a few days a month that you are actually fertile. If you have intercourse slightly before or during those days, there is a chance that you can become pregnant. If you want more information about menstrual cycles and fertility, please contact us to make an appointment with one of our nurses. There are also many websites and books that help you learn more about your body’s fertility and how you can estimate your fertile days by tracking things like your period, your body temperature, and your vaginal secretions.

How are STI's spread?

STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) can be spread through skin-to skin contact, as well as through vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Skin-to-skin contact does not mean just walking up to someone and touching them; it means coming in contact with an infected area of their body. HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and Herpes are examples of STI’s that can spread through skin-to-skin contact, which means you don’t necessarily have to engage in sexual intercourse to get them! Other STI’s like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B are spread through bodily fluids like blood, urine, semen, and vaginal fluid. These fluids are typically exchanged during oral, vaginal, and anal sex.

How many STI’s are there?

There are about 40 different kinds of known STI’s. However, several of them have various strains.

Why might a pregnancy test come out inconclusive?

Sometimes pregnancy tests are inconclusive or inaccurate. It could be that your HCG levels (the hormone your body produces when you are pregnant) are not high enough to produce a positive result. It could also be that the test was faulty. For women who aren’t able to get a conclusive result from urine tests, a blood test may be necessary to confirm pregnancy. As we do not perform blood tests, you would need to consult your primary care physician or OB/GYN to obtain one.

When is the best time to take a pregnancy test?

Many at-home pregnancy tests are most effective two weeks (or later) past your period due date. This is due to the changing HCG levels that result from pregnancy. If you have missed a period or think you might be pregnant, contact us for a free pregnancy test.

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