This is a call out to our teenage girls out there.
And if you're not one, send this on to one that you know, please.
Young ladies out there, do you know what to do to make sure that you can have the babies and families that you may want when you are old enough to have them? So that you won't have to deal with infertility when you're ready to become pregnant?
A study out this week was all about PID. Pelvic inflammatory disease. A disease that occurs from an infection. Often it's an sexually transmitted disease that has gone untreated.
That brings us to condoms.
So you use condoms, not only to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, but also to have your babies when you are ready and able.
Use discretion in your sexual partners. Oral sex is sex. If you are engaging in oral sex, use a condom. If you are engaging in anal sex, that is also sex. Use a condom.
Regardless of what your potential partner says about pleasure or having no diseases or not being sexually active with other people, use a condom.
Consider how many partners are appropriate. Your mothers and fathers may be right. Sex is intimate, not only physically, but also emotionally. Having one partner after another may be an indication that there's something else in your life missing. Take care of yourself now for the things that you may very well desire when you get older.
Get yourself tested
- Know what sexually transmitted diseases are out there and what the symptoms are
- If you experience any symptoms (painful urination, pain in your lower abdomen, oddly colored vaginal discharge, increase or decrease in urine output) or your period becomes irregular, see a doctor
- Not every sexually transmitted disease has symptoms. You should be seen regularly by a gynecologist if you are sexually active
- Protect yourself from disease by using a condom every single time you have sex
Reconsider having sex if you are using drugs. Your judgement may not be as good as you'd like to think if you're using or high.
Sexual desire can overwhelm common sense. If you do not know your potential partner well, perhaps you should not be having sex with them. If your friends do not like your potential sexual partner, consider their opinions. They are not experiencing the same feelings of attraction that you are. In other words, they may be seeing something that you aren't.
Pregnancy can be prevented by abstinence. It can also be prevented by very careful use of birth control methods. If you are on the pill or are using another method, be sure that you are following the directions exactly. Most pregnancies occur, not because the birth control method has failed, but because the patient has not taken the medications as directed.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Take your medication when you're supposed to. If it's the same time every day, set an alarm on your phone
- Take your medication as directed, on an empty or a full stomach
- Some other medications or drugs can interfere with your birth control medication. If you are taking other medication, check with your doctor or pharmacist or nurse to make sure that it won't create a problem with your birth control medications
- Don't trust "safe" times of the month. There is no truly safe time of the month. And there is never a safe time of the month with sexually transmitted diseases. Use a condom.
- You are responsible for your body. Do not put yourself at risk because your partner encourages you to be less careful.
- Consider abstinence or use birth control and a condom
Unexpected pregnancies or sexually transmitted diseases will create chaos in your life. You will have choices that have long range effects and some that can be irreversable. There will be no easy answers and no way to turn back the clock.
Avoid this by taking care of yourself now. The future that you have will depend on your self care at all stages of your life.
If you have any questions or comments about any of this, please write and ask.
We will help you find the answers.