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Someone asked us:
Do you have any recommendations on what age it’s appropriate to talk to your child about each different part of reproduction, puberty, sex, gender identity, masturbation, different types of sex, and all that. I’m trying to go by what I’m asked but I’m not really sure…
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In today’s Fact Friday we will talk about pregnancy options.
If someone thinks they may be pregnant, the first step is to take a pregnancy test. Women whose home pregnancy tests show they are pregnant often go to a health care provider to have the results confirmed.
If someone is pregnant, they have three options to think about — abortion, adoption, and parenting. Planned Parenthood’s website is a good place to find accurate information and resources about each of these options.
Reading and learning about each one will help you get the facts and may help you if you need to make a decision when it comes to pregnancy. Only the pregnant person can decide what is right for them. Pregnant people often find it helpful to talk it through with someone else. They may choose to talk with a partner or a trusted family member or friend.
Family planning clinics, like your local Planned Parenthood health center, have specially trained staff who can talk with you about all of your options.
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Does it make our hearts happy to see products that could potentially reduce STDs spread through skin-to-skin contact (HPV, Herpes, etc)? YES! So much yes.
If you are not currently on hormonal birth control:
- For the patch it is recommended that a person starts using it either the first day of their period or the first Sunday after their period begins. If you begin using the patch the first day of your period you will have protection from pregnancy and won’t need to use a back-up method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. If you start the patch on Sunday, it is recommended that a back-up method of birth control be used for 7 days after starting the patch.
- For the implant it is recommended that it is inserted between day 1 of your period and day 5. If it is inserted on one of these days it is effective immediately and no back-up method to prevent pregnancy is needed. If it is inserted any other day of the menstrual cycle then a back-up method is recommended to be used for 7 days after getting the implant inserted.
If you are switching to the patch or the implant from another method, then you should start using the patch after finishing your last pill in your pill pack, or when you would insert a new ring or on the day that you are due for your shot and it will be immediately effective at preventing pregnancy. Your health care provider can counsel you further.
Just a reminder though, the patch and the implant don’t prevent the transmission of STDs so using a barrier method, like a condom, is a good idea.
I hope this helps!