STD’s: What Teens Should Know
By Heather MacGibbon
You are young and healthy. You don’t need to worry about Sexually transmitted Diseases / Infections (STD/STI) right? Here are some facts that will hopefully make you think again.
- Nineteen million new sexually transmitted infections (STIs) occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.[i]
- 10,000 teens are infected by STIs per day, one every eight seconds![ii]
- Estimates suggest that even though young people aged 15–24 years represent only 25% of the sexually experienced population, they acquire nearly half of all new STDs.[iii]
- STDs are not something you can always see, and if left untreated they can lead to infertility and sever illness.
SO, What can you do to keep from becoming a statistic? A Lot!
- Get Yourself Tested! Knowledge is power. If you don’t know if you have an STD find out. Getting tested is easier then you might think. Many doctors’ offices and OBGYN offices do STD testing. There isn’t one test for all STDs so you may need to give a blood sample or a vaginal swab – but finding out is worth it. If your negative Great! If not – you can great treated and protect yourself and your partners from future illness.
- 2. Respect yourself / Protect yourself. The only guarantee of not getting an STD is not having sex – but keep in mind that Oral and Anal sex count. Use condoms when engaging in ANY sexual activity – even if you can’t get pregnant from it. Also discuss concerns regarding STDS and birth control with your partners. Knowing that you care enough to protect yourself and them can bring you closer.
- 3. Spread the word. Talk to your friends about the need to get tested for STDs and encourage them to respect themselves as well. Only though a group effort can STDs be prevented and the spread slowed or stopped! You have the power – now go out and use it!
[i] “11 Facts about Teens and STI’s” in DoSomething.org. <http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-and-stds>
What is the Difference: Morning After Pill vs The Abortion Pill
By Heather MacGibbon
One of the most confusing things for women looking for a pill for abortion is the difference between the morning after pill and the abortion pill.
Given that the abortion pill costs a lot more than the morning after pill, women searching the internet sometimes request the wrong type of appointment. Unfortunately, by trying to save money they end up wasting time only realizing at their appointment that they are not getting the medication that they need.
Here are the basic differences between the two medications and what they are used for.
The Morning After Pill – or Plan B – is emergency contraception. Rather than being a pill for abortion – emergency contraception is used when a woman has unprotected sex or primary contraception like condoms or the diaphragm fail or brake. In these cases a woman can take a high dose or hormones prescribed by her OBGYN, such as Parkmed. She can also requests the morning after pill at her local pharmacy. This does not cause an abortion. What it does do is help prevent ovulation during the time when active sperm are still in the woman’s body. If the woman has already ovulated it also helps keep a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterine wall which I must do to stay in place and begin to develop. The medication must be taken in two doses 12 hours apart and both doses must be with 72 hours of unprotected sex for best effect. Because time is so important in this process Parkmed offers immediate appointments for emergency contraception. Just call and we will get in you that day. With the Morning After Pill there is an 80 % chance of avoiding pregnancy. If your period does not come down you should take a pregnancy test in order to find out if you have become pregnant.
The pregnancy Abortion Pill is a combination of two different medications, taken 24- 36 hours apart, which cause a controlled miscarriage. The first medication is called Mifeprex, also known as the RU486 pill. This medication stops the development of the pregnancy. At Parkmed this medication is administered by one of our board certified OBGYN doctors after blood work and sonogram are complete to make sure that you are within the 4 ½ week to 8 weeks range that is allowed for the non-surgical abortion procedure. We then send you home with the second medication, Misoprostol or Cytotec, which you take 24 to 36 hours later at home which causes the miscarriage to begin. You can take pain medication to help with the cramping during this process. You can also call Parkmed at any time during this process with questions or concerns 24 hours a day. You will need to return to our office for a follow up sonogram in order to make sure that you have completely passed the pregnancy tissue and are back to normal three weeks after your initial appointment.
Hopefully this review will help clarify the difference between these two very different medications. If you have questions please feel free to call the office at 212-686-6066.