Pregnancy

How Far Along Am I Really?

How Far Along Am I Really?

Pregnancy dating can be confusing and for many reasons you may want to know exactly how far along you are.  You may be considering abortion or checking out abortion alternatives. 

Dating a pregnancy is also important at times when talking with the father of the baby.  He may want to know that the dates make sense in his mind with the timing of conception.  Medical professionals use two terms, gestational age and fertilization age, to talk about the age of the baby.

Most women ovulate in the middle of their monthly cycle, typically around the 14th day after the last period began.  Conception (sperm meeting the egg) usually occurs around this date, two weeks after the last menstrual period (lmp).   read more

The Myth of Condom Effectiveness

The Myth of Condom Effectiveness

Like many young people, you’ve likely thought about whether to become sexually active. Perhaps you’ve already had sex.

If so, you may have been given information about condoms or even provided with condoms for free at school or at your doctor’s office.

But just how effective are condoms? Can they keep you from getting pregnant or from getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)? Let’s take a look at some common myths about condoms and how you can protect yourself.

Myth #1: Condoms are durable. read more

Alcohol and Your Sexual Health

Alcohol and Your Sexual Health

You and your family may enjoy many time-honored traditions for celebrating Christmas and New Year’s. But quite often, our celebrations include alcohol.

As a young woman, you may wonder how alcohol consumption could affect your sexual health and your ability to make healthy sexual decisions.

Let’s take a look at the relationship between drinking alcoholic beverages and risky sexual behaviors that could lead to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or unintended pregnancy.

Alcohol and Sexual Choices read more

Am I Pregnant? 14 Early Signs of Pregnancy to Look For

Am I Pregnant? 14 Early Signs of Pregnancy to Look For

If you’ve recently had sex, you may be wondering if you could be pregnant.

From the moment your baby is conceived, your hormonal levels rapidly increase to support the new life that is growing inside of you. Long before any visible changes to the body take place, most women will experience at least some of the 14 symptoms discussed here. The timing, duration, and severity of symptoms can vary. Symptoms can start as soon as the first week after conception, while other women do not notice anything different until four to six weeks later. read more

Chlamydia and Pregnancy – What You Should Know

Chlamydia and Pregnancy – What You Should Know

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. According to the Centers for Disease Control, chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial STD in the United States.

Since 1994, it has represented the largest share of all STDs reported to the CDC. In 2013 alone, more than 1.4 million chlamydia infections were reported, but because chlamydia is often asymptomatic, it is estimated that the true number of infections is over 2.8 million. Sexually active women under the age of 25 are at especially high risk. read more