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We would love to answer any questions regarding your possible pregnancy and provide you with quality health care, education and information to empower you in your decision making.

Some Commonly Asked Questions

Q: What do I do first?

make an appointment. Obtain a urine hCG test at a medical clinic. Follow this up with a limited ultrasound for viability in order to get the information you need to stay safe and protect your reproductive health.

Q: Why should I have a limited ultrasound at your clinic when the abortion clinic will do one before my abortion?

Consider:

  • Our ultrasounds to determine the gestational age of your baby (how far along you are) cost you nothing. We can determine if you have a viable pregnancy (is the fetus alive?). If not, you will likely miscarry naturally and you will not need to go through the trauma and expense of an abortion. 15% - 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
  • We can confirm that the pregnancy is in the uterus. This is important as treatment for an ectopic pregnancy is an emergency and requires immediate medical intervention.
  • We do not gain anything monetarily by giving you balanced information.
Q: What is the safest form of birth control?
The only way to be 100% sure you won’t get pregnant is to not have sex!  If you are already sexually active call or because we would like to talk to you about your reproductive future, sexual health and our new Body of Worth Program. In 2 sessions you can get the information you need to take charge of your reproductive health.

If you are married, we recommend Natural Family Planning (NFP). With this method of birth control there are no drugs involved and if done correctly it is 95-99% effective. With NFP you will be able to identify the time of the month when you can get pregnant. Referrals are available through our clinic.

Q: What if I don’t have any insurance?
If you fall within the California income guidelines we refer you for temporary Medi-Cal called PE. PE allows you to see a healthcare provider right away, giving you time to go through the Medi-Cal application process. If your income is a little too high for Medi-Cal, we can give you pregnancy verification so you can apply for Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM). It is very low cost insurance through the State of California for you and your baby.

Q: Are your services confidential?
Our services are confidential. We will not release any of our information unless you give us signed, written permission. We will not even acknowledge that you have come into the clinic, even if we happen to see you at Starbucks! Confidential does not mean anonymous. We do need your name and information and in certain instances have legal reporting requirements.

Q: I’m pregnant and I know my parents are going to kick me out.
What should I do?

We can get you the information you need for your situation. We have maternity homes associated with our clinic. If there is no space available in these homes, we can give you a list of other homes for pregnant women. We can brainstorm ways to talk to your parents. If you are a teen we can refer you to Medi-Cal for “minor consent” while you are preparing to notify your parents. We are here to help. make an appointment

Q: I’m pregnant, what financial help can you give me?
We provide our medical services free of cost. We have an ongoing educational program that allows you to obtain physical items you might need when pregnant (clothing) and also items your baby might need until age 4 (car seat, crib, clothing, furniture, diapers, baby food, formula, etc).

We can give referrals for the following:

  • WIC (Provides certain healthy foods for pregnant women, infants, and small children)
  • Food Pantries
  • Housing assistance
  • Employment assistance
  • Child care resources
  • Medi-Cal

Q: Do condoms make sex safe?
Condoms make sex safer. There is still a significant risk of picking up an STD even with condom use. There’s a 20% risk of becoming pregnant using condoms only. Condoms are most effective for blocking the transmission of HIV- about 85% effective if used consistently and correctly. For other STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, and HPV, the rate of effectiveness is much lower.

The CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/condoms.pdf) reports that:
“The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and you know is uninfected.”

“Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, are highly effective in preventing the sexual transmission of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.”

“Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission” of other STDs such as Chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes, HPV.

Q: When can a woman get pregnant?
A woman is most fertile in the middle of her cycle, between menstrual periods. This is approximately 14 days from ovulation to when menstruation starts. The time before ovulation can vary, especially in someone with irregular periods. For more information with us or make an appointment.

Q: Can I be sure who the father of my baby is?
Many women find themselves in this situation. While we are able to obtain a pregnancy diagnosis with limited ultrasound, along with fetal age (how far along you are), our dating is plus or minus 2 weeks. or make an appointment to further discuss your situation.

Q: What about the “Morning After Pill”?
Before taking the “morning after pill”, you should understand what it is, how it works, and how it could affect your health. or make an appointment and one of our staff will be happy to give you more information.

What is it?
The “morning after pill” or Plan B is a large dose of oral contraceptive that is actually 2 tablets, one taken within 72 hours of intercourse and the second 12 hours later. It is not RU-486.

How does it work?
Plan B is believed to act as an emergency contraceptive principally by preventing ovulation or fertilization. In addition it may act as an abortifacient by inhibiting implantation. It is not effective once the process of implantation has begun.

Q: What about STDs?
STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Disease which can be contracted through any type of sexual activity. It is also referred as an STI or sexually transmitted infection. For the purposes of common vernacular we will use the term STD.

Many women never get tested, because they have no symptoms, or don’t realize how common they are. The statistics are staggering. There are more than 25 major STDs, including many that have no cure.

Q: Do I need to get tested?
If you ever have been sexually active, it is important to get tested. This means vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Any sexual activity puts you at risk. Many Sexually Transmitted Diseases/Sexually Transmitted Infections do not have symptoms until damage to your body has already been done.

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Q: Which STDs are stopped by using condoms?

  • Condoms provide the best (though not complete) protection against HIV.
  • They are less effective protecting against herpes type 2, trichomonas, gonorrhea and chlamydia.
  • Condoms provide little protection against bacterial vaginosis and HPV (the most common STD).

Source: Cates, W. Jr. & Stone, K.M. (1992, March/April). Family Planning, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Contraceptive Choice: A Literature Update-Part I. Family Planning Perspectives, 24(2), 75-84

Over 65 million Americans are now infected with an incurable STD. Each year, 29 million more become infected with STDs, and almost 4 million of these are teenagers.

STDs can be identified by the following common symptoms:

  • unusual discharge from the penis or vagina
  • a burning feeling when urinating
  • growths, sores or itching in the genital area
  • lower abdominal pain
  • dark urine
  • skin rashes or sores
  • yellow eyes
  • fever
  • headache
  • nausea
  • joint inflammation and enlarged lymph nodes

It is important to understand that many STDs have no obvious symptoms, or only very mild symptoms, but still may affect your reproductive health and ability to conceive in the future. It is critical to treat them as early as possible to avoid permanent damage.

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