Category: Sexual Health

Insights in reproductive health research and practice from CompassCare's medical team.

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The Big 3 STDs at an All-Time High

On October 19, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control released their annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.[1] According to the report, the three most prevalent STDs – chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – have regained popularity among the 15- to 24-year-old U.S. population. In fact, the number of diagnosed cases reported in 2015 among these diseases […]

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Abortion and Sexual Dysfunction

Some women experience sexual dysfunction after an abortion.1 The following issues can often be associated with early pregnancy termination: Increased vaginal dryness Decreased sexual desire Loss of orgasm ability Dyspareunia (painful intercourse) Tell your doctor if you have had an abortion and are experiencing any of these symptoms. They may be able to help. 1  […]

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Healthy Life Choices: STD Risks and Side Effects

A woman tends to choose birth control based on what she considers to be the most convenient and effective method for her. However, it’s important to weigh carefully the risks and side effects of each method. Contraceptives were used during the month of conception in 48% of unintended pregnancies.1 Male Condom: 82-98% effective at preventing […]

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Do You Have a Fear of Childbirth?

Women today are inundated with the labor and delivery stories of family, friends, and even strangers from across the globe.  With the media leaving nothing to the imagination, it’s easy to understand why anxiety related to childbirth is very common in women.1  A survey conducted by UK’s Pregnancy and Birth found that 87% of pregnant […]

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Abortion Complications: Teens at Higher Risk

Why teenagers? Approximately eighteen percent of all U.S. women obtaining abortions are teenagers. Ages 18 – 19: 11% Ages 15 – 17:  6% Younger than 15: less than 1%1 Teens are more prone to complications arising from induced abortion because they “are more likely than older women to delay having an abortion until after 15 […]

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Will an Abortion Hurt My Chances of Having Children in the Future?

The short answer is yes, it could. Complications that can arise from induced abortion, such as infection and damage to the uterus, are the main cause of future risk to women. In the case of medical abortion, the risks for these complications are increased  in women who have a high risk of uterine rupture; an […]

The Truth About Oral Contraceptives

Providers often will not furnish a full range of facts when prescribing Combined Oral Contraceptives (COC), basing the information given on their own professional opinion rather than a well-balanced presentation of the data available.  Ultimately, it’s your responsibility to read the fine print. Types of Oral Contraceptives There are two main types of oral contraceptives: […]