Today, we continue to talk to Ann, a woman who experienced an unexpected pregnancy while in high school.
Ann describes feeling shameful and unworthy of receiving help.
Shame and feeling unworthy can be a major barrier to accessing help, especially around sexual health care.
What is unmentionable is unmanageable, is the common phrase. Having someone to talk to, someone in your corner, someone safe is important. With the support of this person, you can protect your health and future goals.
Do you feel pressured or expected to be sexually active?
Do you know how a woman becomes pregnant? (I know, sounds like a stupid question, but you’d be surprised how often we hear, “I thought I knew but I didn’t have all the facts.”)
Do you know how to prevent contracting a sexually transmitted infection?
At Connect Medical, we believe our patients are capable of making healthy decisions. We believe everyone has the inherent right to exercise their free will and to make decisions from a place of informed consent.
Also, we believe everyone deserves a safe place to seek help from providers who will not benefit from their reproductive choices.
If you or someone you know is in a situation that places them at risk for pregnancy before they are ready, especially those in high school, please refer them to us at Connectmedicalclinic.com.
We are not here to judge or shame your choices. We are here for you.