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I have preventing pregnancy by using the Depo shot but I am now ready to get pregnant. Is there any way to speed up when I ovulate?

Question:  I’ve been getting the depo and me and my fiancé have been trying to get a little one … I was up in February to get my next shot and we’ve been trying …. is there any pills or shot I can get to make me ovulate or start to receive faster?

Answer:   Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy three ways: delays ovulation, thickens cervical mucous and thins uterine lining.  Although Depo-Provera requires an injection every three months, it can take several months up to two years for all of the hormone to leave a woman’s bloodstream, allowing her menstrual cycle to become more regular.  While you are unable to impact the timing of when your ovulation will return, it would be helpful to track your fertility.  You can use cycle beads, keep track on a calendar or keep a journal of when your period starts, how long it lasts and how many days until you start your period the next month.  A regular menstrual cycle is 26-32 days long, or 26-32 days between the start of your period one month to the next.


I had unprotected sex on Friday but took the plan b pill Monday evening but about an hour after taking the pill I had unprotected sex again. Could I still get pregnant?

Question: I had unprotected sex on Friday but took the plan b pill Monday evening but about an hour after taking the pill I had unprotected sex again. Could I still get pregnant?

Answer:  There is always a risk of pregnancy any time a person engages in vaginal sex.  Plan B is a high dose of hormonal birth control that tries to stop a woman from ovulating, the period of time when a woman is most fertile.  Although you took Plan B on Monday, sperm can live inside the woman’s body for up to five days; you are still at risk for pregnancy from both sexual experiences on Friday and Monday.  Please call to talk with the nurse and/or make an appointment to discuss taking another dose of Plan B, along with getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI/HIV).  FPA encourages you to use a condom with each act of sex.

Painesville Clinic 440-352-0608

Ashtabula Clinic 990-992-5953

Emergency Contraception (Plan B) is not designed to be taken as a regular form of birth control and does not prevent STI/HIV.  Women may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting and changes in period.

Is my girlfriend pregnant if she is late for her period?

Question:  My girlfriend is 4 days late for her period and she says she has really bad cramps but no blood.   What is the possibility of her being pregnant?

Answer:  There are several explanations on why a woman’s period is late.  If you are fearful of possible pregnancy, please call Family Planning (352-0608 Painesville) or (992-5953 Ashtabula) to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test as soon as possible.


Services for couple trying to have children

Question: Hello, my husband and I are trying to have a baby without any luck in the past year. Does family planning offer any services for our situation?

Answer:  Family Planning would be able to provide a pelvic exam to determine if you are healthy and your reproductive organs are functioning normally.  We also can provide counseling services if that is appropriate for your situation.  If you would like to start the initial exam process with us, please call 440-352-0608 to set up an appointment.  Moving forward, a gynecologist’s office should be able to provide further services including blood and infertility testing for you and your partner.


Question: tengo una pregunta de una preva de embarazo.. que me ise hoy y espere y nomas salio una linia y me fui a aser de comer y volvi y tenia positivo.. y nose si son asi las provas de embarazo..

Answer:  La mayoría de las pruebas de embarazo requieren que se espere una cantidad específica de tiempo antes de leer los resultados. Si usted se pasa de ese tiempo específico,  lo más posible es que los resultados podrían ser inexactos. Sí le preocupa todavía que esté embarazada, le recomendamos que haga una cita en  Family Planning (440-352-0608) para una prueba de embarazo.

What happens during a Pregnancy Test?

Question: I’d like to know exactly what happens when you go in for a pregnancy test. Ex) Is it a blood or urine test? Do you have to get a pelvic exam? Cost? Anything else you know of?

Answer:  When someone comes in for a pregnancy test, the social worker on staff meets with the patient. Pregnancy tests here at FPA are urine tests that take 3 minutes for the results. When the social worker has the result of the test, she meets with the patient to discuss the result and all options if the patient is pregnant, and discusses birth control and STI/HIV testing if the patient is not pregnant. Pelvic exams are usually not part of a pregnancy test appointment. The cost will be based on the the patient’s income, and where she falls on our sliding fee scale.  Please call 440-352-0608 for more information.

How to determine how far along a person is in a pregnancy

“How would i know how for along am in my pregnancy, is there one day of the month we go by? If my last period was on February 7 and my due date is November 14..”

A:  For questions regarding a pregnancy, we recommend scheduling an appointment.  During the appointment, the patient will have the opportunity to ask any questions as well as figuring out how far along a person is in their pregnancy.  To schedule an appointment, call 440-352-0608.

How much does a visit for a pregnancy test cost?

“I was wondering if there are any fees to come in and take a pregnancy test? Im a week late..home tests are invalid. Can I walk in or do i have to make an appointment?”

A:  Here at Family Planning, the cost of a visit is based off a sliding fee scale.  The sliding fee scale is determined by a persons family size and income.  We recommend calling to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test.  Depending on your age, we do have Teen Clinics where patients can walk in without having an appointment.  However, those times are specifically geared toward teens.  To get further information, we recommend calling our office at 440-352-0608.

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