Common questions about pregnancy optionsIt’s normal to have a lot of questions about an unexpected pregnancy. It helps to talk with someone who understands. At Alternatives Pregnancy Center, we’re here to listen to you, support you and help you find answers.
How do I know if I’m really pregnant?
- Take a pregnancy test.
- Get a free limited ultrasound.
- Talk about pregnancy options with someone I can trust.
- Learn about pregnancy symptoms from a medical professional.
- Get support.
- Raising the baby.
- Making an adoption plan.
- Getting pills for plan B.
- Getting an abortion.
- Whether or not I am pregnant.
- How far along I am.
- The financial resources available to me.
- My prenatal care options.
- Information about adoption.
- Information about abortion.
- Know the facts about your options.
- Talk with us first to figure out how you want to share the news.
- Achieving my personal and professional goals.
- Understanding what it’s like to be a mom.
- Having access to adoption planning and education.
- Exploring long-term effects of your pregnancy options.
Common questions about STDsSexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are very common. At Alternatives, you can talk confidentially with us and learn how to best care for your health and your relationships.
What is an STD?
- An STD is a sexually transmitted disease, also known as an STI, for sexually transmitted infection.
- In medical terms, it is a virus, insect, bacteria or parasite that can be shared through sexual contact.
- Some STDs have treatments and cures. Some do not.
- Getting tested for STDs is important for your health.
- Every 11 seconds, a teenager in the U.S. gets an STD.
- Half of the 20 million new cases of STDs each year occur among people ages 15–24.
- In 2010, 57% of new HIV infections happened among people ages 13–34.
- STDs spread by skin-to-skin contact with infected body regions and by body fluids.
- STDs spread the same way to men and women.
- You can get an STD from oral, vaginal or anal sex, or blood exchange.
- You are not safe from STDs simply because you don’t “go all the way.”
- There are more than 25 known STDs, some with multiple strains of each.
- There are two main types of STDs: viral and non-viral.
- The most common viral STDs are: HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B and C, human papilloma virus (HPV) and herpes simplex II.
- The most common non-viral STDs are: chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis.
- Bacterial vaginosis
- Cervical cancer
- Urinary tract infection
- Yeast infection
- Viral STDs cannot be cured. They can only treated to relieve symptoms.
- Non-viral STDs can be cured, but may still come with serious risks to your future health.
- The greatest risk comes from STDs that are undetected and untreated. They can damage your reproductive organs, your eyes, your heart and other organs.
Common questions after abortionWhether your abortion was recent or many years ago, it’s important to seek support for your healing process. At Alternatives, we focus on questions that affect your emotional, relational and spiritual well-being.
Is it normal to feel emotional pain after an abortion?
- You may experience a range of emotions after abortion, such as …
- A sense of relief.
- Conflicted feelings about your decision.
- Sadness, anger or guilt, either immediately or years later.
- Your baby.
- Broken relationships.
- Hopes and dreams.
- Your ability to trust.
- Your personal beliefs.
- You may feel sad, empty, depressed or hopeless.
- You may feel angry, anxious, regretful or detached from relationships.
- You may have doubts or questions that won’t go away.
- You may try to ignore, deny or cope with your feelings — perhaps by eating, drinking, using drugs or engaging in harmful behaviors.
- You may keep your feelings bottled up and feel very isolated or alone.
- Telling your story.
- Having a safe place to be honest about your feelings, without judgment.
- Identifying and grieving your losses.
- Forgiving yourself and others.
- If you are ready to find freedom from emotional pain.
- If you are tired of pretending everything is okay.
- If you want to silence the “if only” voices in your head.
- If you desire deeper trust in your relationships.
- If you want to live more fully with hope for your future.