It’s normal to feel nervous, but there is really nothing to worry about. Your first appointment is usually very simple, and your doctor will spend time getting to know you.
Puberty is a time when your body begins to change to become more like an adult’s. Starting your menstrual period is one of these changes.
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and venereal diseases (VDs), are infections commonly spread by sex, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex. Most STDs initially do not cause symptoms and this can result in a greater risk of passing the disease on to others.
Between 8 and 13 years old is the general age group when changes begin, signalled by hormones. These hormones are chemicals that control body functions.
There are various means of birth control, created to prevent pregnancy, assist with prevention of STI’s and other reproductive health concerns.The pill is the most common form, which is taken orally daily.
The birth control pill is a pill that you have to take every day at the same time each day. Ti contains hormones that prevent pregnancy. There are many types, but your healthcare professional would be able to assist in choosing the right one for you.
Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) that’s over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. It’s made of soft, flexible plastic and placed into your uterus by your healthcare provider during a routine office visit.
The IUD is a small, T-shaped, plastic device that is inserted into and left inside the uterus. There are 2 types available: one releases progestin, the other one is a copper one which does not contain any hormones.
NuvaRing is a small, flexible vaginal ring used to prevent pregnancy. And it’s easy to use! Like a tampon, you insert and remove it yourself. Just put it in for 3 weeks, take it out, then put a new one in a week later. Once NuvaRing is in your vagina, it releases a continuous low dose of hormones.
Implanon is a hormone-releasing birth control implant for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to 3 years. It is a flexible plastic rod about the size of a matchstick that contains a progestin.
The birth control injection is an injection of the hormone depot medroxyprogesterone acetate. It provides protection against pregnancy for 3 months.