WHAT IS AN STD?

An STD is a sexually transmitted disease that may or may not have symptoms associated with it. STD’s are commonly transferred through sexual intercourse. The bacteria are contained in semen, blood, vaginal secretions and sometimes saliva.

According to the Illinois Department of Health, chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most common STD’s in the state of Illinois. Let’s take a closer look at these STD’s so you can decide if you should schedule an appointment with White Oak Women’s Center to get tested.

CHLAMYDIA & GONORRHEA

Like most STD’s, chlamydia & gonorrhea are spread through sexual intercourse. Chlamydia is most common among young women. The majority of individuals with chlamydia or gonorrhea do not experience any symptoms. When left untreated, these STD’s can turn into Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, affecting a woman’s fertility.

At White Oak Women’s Center, we recommend STD testing for all of our *pregnant patients. A woman with an untreated STD at the time of her abortion is at an increased risk for developing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. For women intending to continue their pregnancy, the CDC states that an untreated STD can cause serious complications for the woman and the fetus.

Testing at White Oak Women’s Clinic for chlamydia and gonorrhea is free of charge. *All patients with a positive test are provided with free treatment at the clinic.

If you think you may have an STD consult a women’s clinic, like White Oak Women’s Center, or a medical facility, like your local hospital, primary physician or gynecologist. Your most important resource is information.

Call (815) 408-0793 to schedule your free and confidential appointment. Our staff is here to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information so that you can be informed about your options for the future.

*NOTE: At White Oak Women’s Center, we provide STD testing for our patients who have had a positive pregnancy test. If you are not pregnant but are still concerned you may have an STD we are happy to provide you with a referral.

What to Expect from Your First Appointment

Like most women, going to a clinic specializing in reproductive services can be nerve-wrecking, to say the least. The stress can be even greater if at a clinic with men. At White Oak Women’s Center, the licensed professional team is made up entirely of women, so there’s an immediate level of comfort and familiarity, even if an appointment may seem like a daunting task. There is a relaxing waiting room with a sofa and chairs. There is even a Keurig, so you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you wait.

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There are two segments to your first appointment: the meeting with your advocate and the meeting with your nurse.

When you meet with your advocate, she will perform a brief situation assessment, review your options, including the abortion procedure and its risks and side effects. She will then review with you your Personalized Solutions Assessment Plan. This will be a very informative meeting that aims to give you confidence in whatever decision you make concerning your unplanned pregnancy. At White Oak Women’s Center, we believe that if you know your options, you know your future.

Next, you will meet with your nurse. She will answer any medical questions you may have concerning your pregnancy. She will perform a pregnancy test. If a positive pregnancy, an ultrasound exam may be offered to confirm pregnancy and determine how far along you are. Your nurse will also provide you with STD testing information and, should you or the nurse suspect an STD, an STD test will be performed and the result ready by your second appointment (usually one week later).

Can I bring anyone to my appointment?

Yes! White Oak Women’s Center encourages the support of friends and family during your appointment. Please note that, in an effort to comply with HIPAA Privacy Standards and provide the highest quality of care, your initial assessment must be performed without any guests. However, at your request, guests are welcome to join you during your ultrasound exam.

The most important thing to remember is that your advocate and nurse are in support of getting you the most accurate and relevant information possible so that you can make your informed choice with confidence.

If you have further questions about your appointment or would like to schedule one, please call us at (815) 408-0793.

4 Steps to Take Before Abortion

Before You Decide about Your Pregnancy4 Steps to Take Before Abortion

You think you might be pregnant and you’re not sure what to do. At this point, even though emotions may be running high, it is important to get the information you need. Especially if you are considering an abortion, there are certain steps your medical provider should take in order to prepare you to make the best decision for your future.

1. Assess Your Health– You’ll need an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) test to make sure you don’t have chlamydia or gonorrhea, both of which can have negative consequences if they are not treated before getting an abortion or giving birth. At White Oak Women’s Center we can provide this for free.

2. Perform a Pregnancy Test– Although home pregnancy tests can be very accurate, only a medical professional can provide you with a verification of pregnancy which can be used by Medicaid and your insurance company.  Our medical staff can provide both a high quality, early pregnancy test and give you a verification of pregnancy.

3. Determine Viability and Gestational Age– A positive pregnancy test does not necessarily mean that your pregnancy is viable, or will continue. One in five pregnancies end on their own before seven weeks due to natural processes, such as miscarriage. It is also very important to find out how far along you are in your pregnancy as this will determine which abortion procedures you would be eligible for. White Oak Women’s Center can provide a free ultrasound so that you can have the information you need.

4. Provide Information on all Pregnancy Options– At White Oak Women’s Center we will give you information on all the options available to you. We will also give you a personalized plan so you know what to do with your next step.

No matter what you are planning to do with your pregnancy (or even if you have no idea) you need to have accurate information so you can make an educated decision. White Oak Women’s Center wants to provide those answers. To set up a free, confidential appointment, call 815-408-0793.