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Think You Might Be Pregnant?

Being pregnant can be an exciting, scary or overwhelming time – especially if you think you might be pregnant and weren’t intending to become pregnant right now. Even if you feel like your world is a bit out of control, there are people who can help you figure out whether or not you’re pregnant and help you sort through your options.

The most common sign of being pregnant is missing your period. However, this sign can be misleading if your periods are irregular.

You could also experience nausea, with or without vomiting. This is often called morning sickness, but can occur anytime day or night.

Your breasts may also feel sensitive and sore because of early pregnancy hormonal changes.

You may need to use the bathroom more often and feel unusually tired or moody.

You could also experience bloating, light spotting or cramping, constipation, food aversions and even nasal congestion.

You could have many of these signs and not be pregnant. Many of these signs could also be symptoms of being sick or under stress or could mean your period is about to start. And you can be pregnant without experiencing many of these signs of pregnancy.

If you have had a missed period or think you may be pregnant the only way to know for sure is to have a pregnancy test. Call or text now to make an appointment at First Care Clinic.Request an Appointment

Even if you’ve already taken a home pregnancy test, you should contact your health care provider or our clinic to have your pregnancy confirmed so you can begin getting the care you need.

 Wondering what to do next?

If you think you might be pregnant in the Madison, Wisconsin area, we can help you find out for sure. Our clinic provides everything free of charge and confidentially – pregnancy testing, consultation on your pregnancy options, ultrasound as indicated and STD testing and treatment for women.

You will have the results of your pregnancy test during your appointment.

If you are pregnant, you have three options:

  • Parenting – Continuing the pregnancy and raising your child
  • Adoption – Continuing the pregnancy and letting someone else parent the child
  • Abortion – Ending the pregnancy now by having an abortion

We can help you explore these options.

We will listen to you as you talk about your feelings, values and fears. We can help you think through who your support people are and talk about resources that are available to you. And we’ll answer questions you might have.

Call or text us today to get started.Request an Appointment

Wondering how to tell your parents?

This is a common question. You may be nervous about how your parents would react to the news of your pregnancy.

Everyone’s parents are different. However, parents may initially be disappointed but often become more supportive than you may expect. Your parents could become your biggest ally.

This is big news. Plan to have a conversation when you and your parent(s) have time to talk and aren’t already upset or really stressed about something. And probably not too late at night either so they’re not really tired.

If you’d like help in talking through how to talk with your parents, we can help. Call or text us and we’ll set an appointment for you to meet with a nurse or patient advocate.

You don’t have to walk through an unintended pregnancy alone. Talk with someone you trust or contact us and we can help. That’s what we’re here for.

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Questions about STDs?

Do you have questions about STDs? Or wonder if you might have one and not know it?

April is STD Awareness Month. There is good reason to be aware of the risks associated with sexually transmitted diseases and infections. Infection rates in the United States continue to climb. Young people aged 15-24 account for about half of the nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections each year, according to the CDC.

The approximately 1.5 million cases of chlamydia reported in 2015 represent the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to CDC. Substantial increases were also seen among reported cases of gonorrhea and syphilis.

Also according to the CDC, women and infants are at significant risk for long-term consequences of STDs. For some women maintaining the relationship with her partner may take a higher priority than STD risk reduction, thereby affecting her sexual and reproductive health, as well as the health of her unborn baby if she is pregnant.

So what can you do about it?

First, know the facts.

A few answers to common questions:

Q. I don’t have any symptoms. Can I still have an STD or STI?

A. Yes. While you may have symptoms such as vaginal itching, vaginal discharge or red sores with an STD, some common STDs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhea, often do not have symptoms. Most people who have chlamydia do not know it.

Q. How does someone get an STD or STI?

A. You get an STD or STI by having sex with someone who has that sexually transmitted disease or infection. Having sex means having anal, oral or vaginal contact.

Q. Can I prevent an STD by washing or douching after sex?

A. No.

Q. How do I know if I should get tested for an STD?

A. If you are sexually active, you should be tested. See the CDC’s guidelines for how often to get tested for various sexually transmitted infections. First Care Clinic offers comprehensive STD testing for women free of charge. Call or text 608-259-1605 to make an appointment to get tested.

Q. What do I do if I have an STD?

A. Many STDs are curable and all are treatable. First Care Clinic or your health care provider can recommend and prescribe specific treatment for you.

There is good news. STDs are preventable. There are things you can do to avoid getting or passing on an STD.

The surest way to avoid STDs is to not have sex. To reduce your risk, agree to have sex with only one person who agrees to only have sex with you. Read the CDC’s “Lowdown” infographic for more about how to prevent STDs.

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