Morning-After Pill in Dacula, GA

Morning-After Pill Dacula, GA

You may have heard of emergency contraception, often referred to as “the morning-after pill”.  Emergency contraception is a term used for medications taken after unprotected sex with the intent to prevent pregnancy.   There are generic brands of emergency contraception available, but the most common brand names are Plan B One-Step and ella.

They are two different types of medications.

Emergency contraception works in different ways to prevent pregnancy, depending on which medication is used and the time during the menstrual cycle that it is taken. These medications may stop or delay ovulation and change the quality of the cervical mucus.  They may also affect the lining of the uterus making the newly fertilized egg unable to implant and grow.

When pregnancy is stopped in this way it could be considered an abortion.

Emergency contraception may prevent pregnancy following unprotected sex, but it can fail even when used correctly, offers no protection from STDs, and should not be used for routine birth control.  The morning-after pill is not the same as the abortion pill.

Certain medications such as barbiturates or herbs like St. John’s Wort can reduce the effectiveness of the morning-after pill.  There is some evidence that the morning-after pill is less effective for women who are overweight or obese.

If you have questions about the morning-after pill and live near Dacula, GA we are here to help you. We’re just a phone call or a text away.

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Plan B One-Step (Levonorgestrel)

Plan B One-Step is one of the types of emergency contraception also referred to as the morning-after pill.  It is intended to prevent pregnancy after a known or suspected contraceptive failure, unprotected intercourse, or forced sex. It contains large amounts of levonorgestrel, a progestin hormone found in some birth control pills. Depending on when during your cycle that you take it, Plan B One-Step may work by either preventing or delaying ovulation, or by interfering with the fertilization of an egg.  It may also prevent implantation of a fertilized egg in the uterus by altering the lining of the uterus. Some consider this the earliest form of abortion.

Plan B One-Step consists of one pill taken up to 72 hours after sex.  If taken within 72 hours, levonorgestrel can reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 89%.  It is reported to be up to 95% effective if taken within 24 hours.  It is not as effective as regular contraception and should not be used as routine birth control.

Side effects may include changes in your period, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, breast tenderness, and dizziness. If you do not get your period within 3-4 weeks, you should take a pregnancy test.  Do not take Plan B One Step if you suspect you may already be pregnant.  It will not stop the development of a baby that is already growing in the uterus.

It is possible that Plan B One-Step use may increase the risk for ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, a potentially life-threatening condition. Women who have severe abdominal pain may have an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and should seek immediate medical attention.

Other brands of levonorgestrel emergency contraception are Next Choice One Dose, My Way, Aftera, and others.

ella (Ulipristal)

ella is an FDA-approved emergency contraceptive for use within 5 days of unprotected sex or contraceptive failure, which is why it is sometimes referred to as “the week after pill.”

ella is not available over the counter.  It is by prescription only.

Pregnancy from a previous sexual encounter should be ruled out before taking ella. It is to be used only once during a menstrual cycle and should not be used while breastfeeding.

ella may reduce the chance of pregnancy by preventing or postponing ovulation. It also may work by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus, which is a very early abortion.  Ulipristal has similar biological effects to mifepristone, which is the abortion pill.   Both share the progesterone-blocking effect of disrupting the embryo’s attachment to the womb.

The most common adverse reactions of ella include headache, nausea, stomach (abdominal) pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue, and dizziness. Women who experience abdominal pain 3 to 5 weeks after using ella should be evaluated by a physician right away for an ectopic pregnancy.

Obria Medical Clinics near Dacula does not offer the morning-after pill (Plan B One Step or ella). The information on this page should be viewed as educational in nature only and not substituted for professional and/or medical advice.  You can call us to discuss your situation with our trained staff.

Sources:

“Morning-after Pill.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 8 June 2018, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/morning-after-pill/about/pac-20394730.

Kaymak, Oktay et al. “Ectopic pregnancy following levonorgestrel emergency contraception: a case report.” Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association vol. 11,3 168-9. 1 Sep. 2010, doi:10.5152/jtgga.2010.29

A New Drug for Emergency Contraception: But Not in … https://www.chausa.org/docs/default-source/hceusa/ethical_currents—summer-2010.pdf?sfvrsn=2.

Levonorgestrel is a hormone that can be used for emergency contraception. Emergency contraception should not be used as a routine method of birth control. “Plan B (Morning-After Pill): Effectiveness and Side Effects.” WebMD, WebMD, https://www.webmd.com/sex/birth-control/plan-b.

Obria Medical Clinics

565 Old Norcross Road, Suite 200

Lawrenceville, GA  30046

Call or Text:  770-338-1680

Dacula is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 4,442, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population to be 5,330 as of 2015.

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STDs on the Rise

Know much about STDs? If you’re sexually active, then it’s important to be aware of STDs and the associated risks.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you be tested yearly if you’re sexually active, or every time you have sexual contact with a new person.

In a recent report, the CDC stated that there were 2.3 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis diagnosed in the United States in 2017. That means that there has been a sharp increase in STDs in our country. The report goes on to state the following:

  • Gonorrhea diagnoses increased 67% overall and nearly doubled among men.
  • Syphilis diagnoses increased 76%.
  • Chlamydia remained the most common condition reported to CDC. More than 1.7 million cases were diagnosed in 2017, with 45% among 15- to 24-year-old females.

The CDC went on to say that, “Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis are curable with antibiotics, but most cases go undiagnosed and untreated — which can lead to severe adverse health effects that include infertility, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth in infants, and increased HIV risk.”

It’s important to have open and honest conversations with your partner and to get tested regularly. We offer low-cost STD testing and treatment here at Obria. Contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

*Source: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2018/p0828-increases-in-stds.html

*To learn more about STDs, visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm.

Reasons Why an Ultrasound Is Important When Making a Pregnancy Decision

Pregnant? Not sure what to do? Before you make a decision about parenting, adoption, or abortion, it’s important for you to have an ultrasound.

An ultrasound will confirm the pregnancy is growing where it should. 
While a positive pregnancy test indicates you’re pregnant, it does not determine if your pregnancy is growing where it should. An ultrasound will confirm that the pregnancy is growing inside the uterus and rule out an ectopic pregnancy, which is when the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus. Abortion procedures will not end a pregnancy that is not inside the uterus and continuing the pregnancy could destroy an ovary or fallopian tube and cause life-threatening complications for the mother. Ectopic pregnancies require immediate emergency care.

An ultrasound will determine gestational age.
The gestational age is how far along in your pregnancy you are. When you are considering all pregnancy options, it’s important to know how far along you are before making your decision. For example, certain abortion procedures are not possible during certain stages of pregnancy. And if you choose to parent or to make an adoption plan, it’s important to know the gestational age so you can plan accordingly and arrange for prenatal care.

An ultrasound will confirm a viable pregnancy.
Did you know that a baby has a heartbeat around 21 days of development? A viable pregnancy means that there is a heartbeat and the baby is alive. An ultrasound can help determine the viability of your pregnancy and the likelihood that you will carry to term. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will end in miscarriage. If your pregnancy is non-viable, then the ultrasound will allow you to avoid the unnecessary health risks associated with an abortion.

Our goal at Obria Medical Clinics is to empower our community to make healthy decisions regarding their reproductive health, family, and sexual integrity. We believe that ultrasounds allow you to be fully informed before making any pregnancy decision and we know that information is power.

We believe in the importance of ultrasounds so much, we provide limited ultrasounds for only $20. Call or text (770) 338-1680 to schedule an appointment.

We’re Here to Help You Thrive

Are you pregnant and not sure how you’ll parent your baby? Do you feel like you don’t have the support you need? We are here to help.

We provide a free education program called Thrive for women and families who choose to parent their babies. The purpose of Thrive is to promote and support your emotional and personal growth as well as healthy pregnancy and birth. Each Thrive participant is assigned an individual plan. There are a variety of topics covered in the plan, ranging from prenatal care, nutrition, and parenting to overall life skills like financial planning. We’ll work with you to determine the best content for you based on where you are in life and your needs.

Also, you could choose to be assigned a Personal Development Advocate (PDA) to mentor you throughout your pregnancy and beyond. That person will be there to encourage you and can keep in touch via phone, text, or even meeting you for coffee! We are here to walk alongside you and to provide you with the support you need.

Thrive includes online prenatal classes, individual DVD instruction, and an optional evening group class once a month. Additionally, all participants earn points to our Baby Boutique while they learn. Use your points to shop in the Baby Boutique for items like diapers, wipes, new clothing, and baby equipment.

And to top it all off, each participant can earn a free car seat for her baby upon completion of specified criteria.

Interested in learning more about Thrive? Call or text us at (770) 338-1680.

Adoption Could Be the Choice for You

Parenting and abortion aren’t the only two options if you find yourself in an unexpected pregnancy. Adoption is an option to consider if you do not want to choose abortion, but you also don’t feel like you’re in a place to parent your child. Whether you’re a student, your circumstances are financially or emotionally unstable, or you don’t have the support system to raise a child at this time, adoption may be the right choice for you.

The good news is that adoption looks very different than it did decades ago. Take what you’ve seen in movies and toss those ideas away. That’s not how adoption is today. Adoption is now an empowered choice for women.

When choosing adoption, you are in control of your personalized adoption plan, which is a description of what you want for your child and yourself in the future. A plan can be made at any time during a pregnancy or even right after birth. When making an adoption plan for your child, you have the power.

Adoption plans can vary, but most tend to be “open,” meaning that the birth mother (or parents) remain in contact with the adoptive parents and child as much as is determined by the plan. That could mean that the adoptive family shares updates and photos or even visits periodically with the birth mother.

When making an adoption plan, the expectant mother works with an adoption professional to select the family to parent the child. There are many, many loving families who are hoping to adopt and rest assured that they have completed a very thorough process to ensure that their homes are safe, loving environments. Each family completes a number of background checks, a home study, physical exams, various training, and must even make sure that pets are up to date on vaccines before being considered as a prospective adoptive family.

Open adoption extends the sense of family and keeps the focus on the child. The birth mother and the adoptive family are forever connected because of the love for the child. We love open adoption and believe that it’s an excellent choice for a child as it affirms her identity and sense of belonging.

Placing a child for adoption is a hard decision. It is truly a selfless act that deserves an immense amount of respect. When a woman sets aside her desires in favor of her child’s best interests, it is a heroic act. If you are unable to parent for whatever reason, adoption may be the choice for you.

We have excellent recommendations for local adoption professionals and would be happy to speak with you further about the choice of adoption. Call us at (770) 338-1680 or text us at (470) 242-4357.

Changed Your Mind? Reversing The Abortion Pill

Abortion Pill Reversal? Yes, it can be done. We know that facing an unplanned pregnancy is scary and stressful. We know that emotions run high and women can choose abortion but then later regret that choice. We can help.

Obria Medical Clinics – Gwinnett is the only pregnancy medical clinic in Metro Atlanta offering Abortion Pill Reversal. Since beginning this service in July 2017, we have completed treatment for three patients and are awaiting the arrival of their babies.

What is referred to as The Abortion Pill is actually a combination of two drugs – mifepristone (RU-486) and misoprostol. The first one is given at the abortion clinic and the second is taken at home about 48-72 hours later. If you’ve taken the first medication (mifepristone) and you’re having second thoughts, it may be possible to reverse your abortion. Ideally, the reversal process begins within the first 24 hours of taking the first medication, but reversal may be possible up to 72 hours later.

After an ultrasound is done to confirm the status of the baby, patients receive progesterone and continue this medically supervised treatment through the first trimester of pregnancy.

To learn more about Abortion Pill Reversal, visit abortionpillreversal.com. Interested in Abortion Pill Reversal? Call the 24/7 hotline at (877) 558-0333 to speak to a nurse who will connect you with a provider in your area. You can also contact us directly by calling (770) 338-1680 or by texting (470) 242-4357.

Let’s chat for a moment about. . . STDs.

I know, not the most enjoyable topic but it’s important for you to know the facts.

Are you currently in a relationship or seeing someone? Are you having sexual intercourse or oral sex? The CDC recommends you be tested yearly (if you’re sexually active) or every time you have sexual contact with a new person. This is one of the keys to protecting your overall health.

STDs are serious business and should not be ignored, especially if you are having symptoms. Make sure you have an honest and open conversation with your partner about your sexual past and learn about theirs. This will help you build trust while learning about your exposure risk.

To learn about the different STDs and your risk of exposure, follow the link provided: https://www.cdc.gov/std/healthcomm/fact_sheets.htm

Remember we are here for you! Please call us if you have questions about testing or would like to schedule an appointment.

 

Genevieve’s Journey

When Nadine found out she was pregnant in 2017, her circumstances were far from ideal. She was in an abusive relationship and her boyfriend was pressuring her to abort. Thankfully she found our clinic and through conversation with our kind staff and volunteers, she chose the best option for her! Nadine is experiencing an open adoption with an incredible couple from NC. We love that we can watch this story unfold and we are so thankful we were able to be a small part of this amazing journey.
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Well Woman Exams. . . Do I really need that???

Who else tells themselves, “I’ll get to that later”, “I’ll call them next week” or “It’s ok this once” and so on and so on? I’m raising my hand over here! Life is busy with work, school, family, friends and everything else you squeeze in between. Most of us feel like we are in charge of some areas in our life to some degree, but most of us let the area of health fall to the wayside. It’s time to take CHARGE!

Women’s healthcare professionals recommend you receive a well woman exam yearly to make sure you stay overall healthy! If you are sexually active though, you should receive STD testing yearly OR every time you change partners.

It is important to get tested for cervical cancer because 6 out of 10 cervical cancers occur in women who have never received a Pap test or have not been tested in the past five years. Cervical cancer, when caused by Human Papillomavirus, often presents with abnormal cells in the cervix years before cancer emerges. Regular OB/GYN exams allow medical personnel to find and remove these abnormal cells, preventing cancer and in many cases protecting fertility.

Studies have also repeatedly shown that women who prioritize well woman care are also less likely to develop sexually transmitted illnesses and experience unexpected pregnancy. Nearly half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) diagnosed each year are among young people aged 15–24 years. This is a scary fact, but unfortunately true. Women can have long term effects of these diseases, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain. YIKES!

With all this information I bet your head is spinning a bit like mine! To sum it all up, go TAKE CHARGE and get a Well Woman Exam and go ahead and mark the calendar in your phone to do it yearly. You will be thankful when you hear that notification go off 365 days from now and know your health has been taken care of!

Telemedicine and Our Generation

Studies have found that Millennials (you and I)  are one of the most stressed generations that suffer from a number of health dampening issues such as sleep deprivation, obesity, anxiety, and other health conditions. These studies also show

28 percent of Millennials don’t have a primary doctor, I know I don’t! 
Also the same studies showed 40 percent

 of those who do have a primary care doctor, don’t have a relationship with them, and most delay seeing a physician because of cost. I mean who wants to pay for an expensive office visit after paying for expensive insurance?
We (Millennials) make up over 83 million people, representing the largest generation in today’s workforce. Frankly, we are the largest generation period.
That’s why we introduced our telemedicine service because we know your time is valuable and your health is a concern to you! Whether you are pregnant, wanting an abortion, concerned about STD’s or need a Well Woman Exam, we want to make sure you are comfortable with us as your healthcare provider!
We provide easy access to our on-call medical team, where they can provide you with information, insight and ultimately an appointment at our low-cost clinic that will end in a quick in-office appointment!
What do you have to loose? Call us today and we will do everything we can to provide you with excellent care!