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Question: I just found out I’m pregnant and I was trying to see if you guys do ultrasounds or check to see if your baby is healthy ?

Question:  I just found out I’m pregnant and I was trying to see if you guys do ultrasounds or check to see if your baby is healthy ?

Answer: Family Planning Association does not provide ultrasounds.  We can write an order for a person to get an ultrasound at another facility but the patient would be responsible to cover the cost.   Cost of an ultrasound may vary depending on the provider.  Call local OBGYN’s in your area for further information.

If you are interested, FPA has Certified Application Counselors on staff that can assist you in applying for insurance or Medicaid.  Because you are pregnant, you qualify for the special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act that can help cover your prenatal costs.  Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) if you have any additional questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.

I was just wondering if you check to see if women are fertile? I wanna have kids but having a hard time .

Question:  I was just wondering if you check to see if women are fertile? I wanna have kids but having a hard time.

Answer:  Family Planning services do not include fertility treatment, but staff may be able to help rule out some medical reasons for difficulties becoming pregnant.  It is possible to impact fertility with stress, poor diet or being over/under weight.  If there is a history of health issues such as thyroid complications, PCOS, endometriosis, or an untreated sexually transmitted infection – these can all impact a woman’s fertility.

Depending on how long you have been trying to become pregnant, you may want to start with ovulation tracking.  This can help you determine the days each month that you are most likely to be ovulating so that you can have sexual contact during those times.  There are websites as well as apps for your phone that can help you keep track of your cycle to do this as well.  You may also consider purchasing an ovulation tracker over the counter at your local pharmacy.

If you have been trying for more than six months, staff suggest that you make an appointment with an OBGYN that specializes in this treatment.  Locally some options include University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and Lake OBGYN.

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.

Embarazada?

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.

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