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Barrier methods of contraception include condoms, diaphragms, and the contraceptive sponge. These methods are all intended to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but only the condom can also protect from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). It’s important to use barrier methods correctly to increase their effectiveness.
For more information on the different types of barrier methods, watch this video. You’ll hear about the pros and cons for the different types, along with the correct techniques for using them. You’ll also learn which type is considered the most effective.
For more information on safeguarding your reproductive health and preventing unwanted pregnancies, contact Lovejoy Surgicenter of Portland. Schedule an appointment today by calling (503) 715-3509.
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A tubal ligation is a permanent method of preventing unwanted pregnancies. If you’ve decided that you do not wish to have children in the future, a tubal ligation may be right for you. This procedure is also ideal for those who have already given birth and do not wish to have more children. Talk to a doctor about the risks of tubal ligation surgery so that you can make an informed decision for your health.
During a tubal ligation, the fallopian tubes are blocked or cut to prevent eggs from becoming fertilized. It is considered to be a permanent method of birth control; however, there is still a possibility of becoming pregnant, particularly for younger women during the first year after the surgery. If pregnancy does occur, there is an increased likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy, which requires prompt medical treatment to avoid a life-threatening situation. It’s important to remember that a tubal ligation does not offer protection from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Some women may be at a higher risk of complications from a tubal ligation. If you’ve previously had pelvic or abdominal surgery, you may reconsider the procedure. The same is true for women who have diabetes, obesity, or pelvic inflammatory disease.
Every surgery carries some potential of complication from the anesthesia or during the healing process. With a tubal ligation, there is a possibility of damage to nearby internal structures, such as the blood vessels, bladder, and intestines. Some women might also experience pelvic and abdominal pain that persists.
During the recovery period, you might notice some side effects, including fatigue, dizziness, bloating, and a sore throat. Pain or cramps in the abdomen and the shoulder might also occur. You should call your doctor if you experience severe or worsening side effects.
A tubal ligation is an effective means of birth control, but it’s important to understand the potential risks involved. Make an informed decision with the help of a caring physician at Lovejoy Surgicenter. Call our Portland practice today at (503) 715-3509 to learn more about our reproductive health services, including tubal ligation.
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Practicing safe sex isn’t just about preventing unwanted pregnancies and abortions; it’s also about preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). STDs are embarrassing and often uncomfortable. In some cases, an STD may even lead to paralysis and blindness. Some of the most common STDs in men are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.
Chlamydia is easily transferred, in part because many people who are infected are asymptomatic. In fact, half of all men with chlamydia do not experience symptoms. When symptoms are present, a man might experience testicular pain and swelling, painful urination, and burning and itching on the opening of the penis. Clear or cloudy discharge may also be noticeable, and lower abdominal pain sometimes occurs. Chlamydia of the rectum can cause rectal pain and bleeding, in addition to discharge. These symptoms typically begin about one to three weeks following infection.
Like chlamydia, gonorrhea is a bacterial infection that can also cause testicular pain and swelling. Painful urination and discharge can occur, and when the infection is in the throat, the man might also experience a sore throat. Infections that affect the rectum can cause painful bowel movements, in addition to discharge, itching, soreness, and bleeding. Epididimyitis, a testicular condition, might also develop, which can lead to infertility. Typically, symptoms take about two to 30 days to develop.
There are four stages of syphilis: primary, secondary, latent, and tertiary. About 10 days to three months after exposure, men will develop a small sore, usually on the genitals, rectum, or lips. Later symptoms can include a rash, fever, fatigue, and aching. These symptoms may disappear and then reappear in a cyclical manner, sometimes for as long as a year. If treatment is not administered, the infection can spread, leading to neurological problems like paralysis and blindness in addition to cardiovascular problems. This infection can also kill in its last stage.
Become an informed advocate for your sexual health. Women with unwanted pregnancies can seek safe, quality care at Lovejoy Surgicenter in Portland. Call us today at (503) 715-3509 to learn more about our discreet abortion services and Plan B emergency contraception.
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Doesn’t seem like just yesterday that your child took her first steps? The years go by quickly—if your baby is now a teen, it’s time to talk to her about sex. Though many parents feel uncomfortable about discussing sex with their kids, it’s essential for their health and future. Teen pregnancy and teen STDs are two very real circumstances that happen every day, and if you don’t talk to your child, she’s more likely to make irresponsible choices. If you aren’t sure where to start your talk, consider these suggestions:
Begin EarlyIf your child has already entered her teen years, don’t delay another day to discuss her sexual health. Teens today are more aware of the dangers that come with unplanned and unprotected sex, but they are young and easily persuaded by peers. The sooner you speak to your child about her sexual activity, the better chance you have of reaching her before she becomes sexually active.
Offer ChoicesA key component of teaching your teen about her sexual health is to explain what she can do to protect herself from unplanned pregnancy and STDs. Be sure to point out the pros and cons of each birth control method. For instance, the pill can protect against pregnancy, but it is ineffective against sexually transmitted diseases. To give your teen every opportunity to be responsible for her health, make sure she are educated about various birth control methods.
Encourage QuestionsYour discussion should always be a give and take. Though your teen may initially be awkward or embarrassed about your conversation, encourage questions and feedback. Emphasize that you are an open resource for information. Also, be sure to support your teen’s attempt to be accountable for her health. This means helping her decide between birth control options while encouraging abstention from sex until the time is right.
Lovejoy Surgicenter can help you educate your teen about sex. For more information on the counseling services offered at our Portland facility, call (503) 715-3509 or visit our website.
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Thousands of women find out every day that they have an unplanned pregnancy. If you are among the many pregnant women who are uncertain of their choices and future, you’ll be relieved to know that help is available. Pregnancy counseling is a vital tool that can help you navigate your way through your pregnancy and make a decision that is best for both your physical and emotional health. Here are a few reasons why so many women have benefited from pregnancy counseling:
Education on Patient Choices
An unplanned pregnancy leaves a woman with three equally viable choices that pregnancy counseling can explain in clear and certain terms. Even if you were not preparing for a child, you may choose to carry out your pregnancy, have your child, and raise her yourself. If you cannot parent a child, you may alternately decide to have the child and give her up for adoption. Lastly, if you cannot raise a child or carry your pregnancy to full-term, you may choose to have an abortion.
Guidance for Pregnancy Decisions
Each of these choices must be weighed carefully before you make a decision, and pregnancy counseling can help you consider all aspects of each choice. Pregnancy counseling can explain the demands of being a parent, including the commitment of time and financial resources that it requires. Pregnancy counseling can also direct you to reputable adoption services that will cater to your desired type of adoption. If you decide to end your pregnancy, counseling can prepare you for your abortion procedure.
Support for Emotional Distress
No matter which decision you choose, it can take its toll on your mind and body. When you are going through this potentially worrisome time, pregnancy counseling can offer the necessary support and encouragement to see you through. Don’t assume that you must deal with your pregnancy on your own; let counseling professionals help you make the right decision for your future.
Lovejoy Surgicenter provides pregnancy counseling at our discrete Portland facility. If you would like to speak with a counseling professional at our comfortable and confidential abortion clinic, call (503) 715-3509.