For individuals who are sexually active, pregnancy is often the greatest concern. Yet, beyond pregnancy, many valid issues remain.

What are comon pregnancy symptoms?

A missed period is the most common indication, but it doesn't necessarily mean you are pregnant.

Common pregnancy symptoms:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Fatigue
- Lightheadedness or fainting
- Backaches
- Food cravings or aversions
- Darkening of the nipples
- Late period
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Frequent urination

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Does sex affect more than the physical?

Sex 101
Sex is complicated. It’s a physical act that encompasses more than our physical body. It also affects us socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.

While condoms are the advertised protection for you physically, other areas remain unprotected. There is no condom to protect your heart and emotions. It cannot be predicted how the worry of an unexpected pregnancy or a STD might affect you socially and intellectually. No matter where you are on the spiritual spectrum, a condom will not protect you.

The unseen bond – Oxytocin
When you have sex, you not only create a relational and physical oneness, but also an actual physiological bond. This physiological bond occurs through the release of a hormone called oxytocin. This powerful hormone is released during sex, nursing and child birth. After sex, oxytocin is released into the women’s body bringing a bond with her partner and a sense of calmness.

Oxytocin is wonderful within a committed relationship. Outside of a committed relationship, however, the oxytocin bond often intensifies the emotions surrounding a breakup. This unseen bond explains why the breaking of a relationship can be difficult and potentially devastating.

For Men

So you are thinking she might be pregnant. Here are some things to keep in mind.

The Do's

1) Listen. The situation involves more than just you. There are now three lives involved.

2) Stay calm. Regardless of your relationship in the future, you will need to think clearly, the baby needs you too.

3) Gather the facts. Get all the information and seek wise counsel so you can make the best decision for everyone.

4) Be honest. It's normal to have feelings of anger, frustration and fear. But make sure she knows she is not alone.
The Don'ts

1) Don't run. The more you run from this, the harder it becomes to think and act clearly.

2) Don't pressure her. Applying pressure will only push her away, possibly into a regretful situation. Both of you would do well to work as a team.

3) Don't forget. You have a very active role in this situation. Listen to input as well as give your thoughts.

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What are the symptoms and side effects of common STD’s?

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. The Center for Disease Control estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24. Some STD’s can be cured. Some cannot. Many have lifelong effects.

Top 6 STD’s Curable? Symptoms Effects
Chlamydia Yes,if caught in time. Three out of four women have no symptoms. Symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge, burning sensation when urinating, lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between periods. Can lead to premature delivery.

Infected Early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis.

Can cause sterility
Genital Herpes No cure though treatment can shorten or suppress outbreaks sores, flu-like symptoms, fever and swollen glands. Recurrence of painful genital sores.
Gonorrhea Yes, Several antibiotics can successfully treat this STD Symptoms are often mild or absent. They can be as non specific as a bladder or vaginal infection. Painful or burning sensation when urinating increased vaginal discharge or vaginal bleeding between periods. Can cause sterility Cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) with severe abdominal pain.
Human Paplillomavirus (HPV) No cure Warts or bumps in the genital area. Visible genital warts Cervical cancer
Syphilis Yes can be cured in the early stages (infected less than a year) by a single injection of penicillin Primary stage: Single or multiple sores. Secondary stage: skin rash, fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, patchy hair loss, headaches, weight loss, muscle aches, fatigue. Late Stage: may damage internal organs including the brain, nerves, eyes, heart, blood vessels, liver, bones, and joints. Irreversible damage if not treated.
HIV/AIDS No cure Weakens the immune system. It is a routinely fatal disease.

Local testing can be obtained through:

Riley County Health Department.
2030 Tecumseh Road Manhattan, KS  66502
Phone: (785) 776-4779

The above STD information was compiled from the Center for Disease Control. This information is intended for general educational purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, you need to notify all sexual partners.

Sex is a big deal. Know the facts.

What should I do in an abusive relationship?

If you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault or know of someone who needs help, please call the local Manhattan, KS hotline. You can speak with a local Hotline Advocate, or be connected directly with the domestic violence or sexual assault program nearest you.


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