Sexual Health

STD’s? Are you at risk? What you don’t know CAN hurt you!

Muskegon Pregnancy Services now offer FREE STD testing and treatment vouchers. Call us for an appointment to find out!

When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern. You may be afraid of what your parents or boyfriend will do if you become pregnant. You may also be concerned that you will not be able to finish school or pursue your career. While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are equally, if not more, worrisome. You are at risk for pregnancy if you have sex around ovulation (about 3 days a month), but you are at risk for getting an STD every time you have sex.

There are now more than a dozen STDs, several of which are chronic, life-long infections. Some cause infertility, cancer, and even death!   In the United States, it is estimated that there are 19 million new infections each year – over half of these occurring in young people, ages 15-24.

Muskegon ranks 3rd in the state for STD’s! (That is epidemic proportions).

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

Personalized Support

Muskegon Pregnancy Services is a relational organization that leads with love, grace, and compassion.  As a client of MPS, you are precious and valued and we are here for you first.  We want you to know, you are not alone. This is a safe place and confidential environment for you to share your feelings, fears, and dreams.  Our compassionate, non-judgmental care and support will help you in your time of need and will give you hope for the future. We know, when all is said and done, ultimately it is Your Choice, Your Body, Your Future but we would like to empower you with accurate information so that you do not look back on this time of need and wished you knew more information. You will not receive any pressure-just caring advice.  We will mentor to the well-being of the whole person emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Other areas where we will mentor:

  • Personal growth
  • Emotional support
  • Spiritual support
  • Goal setting
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual integrity

Know Your Rights

You are important. In Michigan there are laws that were created for your protection if you choose to have an abortion. Knowing your rights is an important part of the decision making process. Your rights include:

INFORMED CONSENT LAW – 24 HOUR WAITING PERIOD

The public health code states that a patient considering an abortion must be provided all of the following at least 24 hours prior to an abortion being performed:

  • A medically accurate depiction, illustration or photograph of a fetus at the probable gestational age of the fetus the woman is carrying
  • A written description of the medical procedure that will be used to perform the abortion
  • A prenatal care and parenting information pamphlet
  • Information about what to do and whom to contact in the event that complications arise from the abortion
  • Information pertaining to available pregnancy related services
  • A clinic may not collect any type of payment during this waiting period. If payments are made in advance for abortion services and the woman does not proceed with the abortion, the clinic would be required to refund these payments. If the clinic refused to refund these payments they would be in violation of the Informed Consent Law.

 

If any one of these protocols was not provided, or if the abortion was performed prior to a full 24 hour waiting period, the clinic may be in violation of the public health code.

PARENTAL CONSENT LAW

If an abortion was performed on a female under the age of 18 without one of the following, the clinic would be in violation of the Informed Consent Law:

  • A consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • A judicial waiver of parental consent

Minors must also comply with the 24 hour waiting law.

Abortion Risks

Side effects for both medical and surgical abortions include:  cramping, bleeding, nausea, diarrhea, and pain. 

Although rare, other risks may include:  hemorrhage (life-threatening, heavy bleeding), infection, damage to organs (tearing or puncture by abortion instruments during surgical abortion), pre-term birth in later pregnancies, and life-threatening anesthesia complications (surgical abortion).  

Some women experience a range of long-term adverse psychological and emotional effects.   If you are a person of faith you may also be more at risk for guilt and/or depression-like symptoms if your decision to abort conflicts with your spiritual beliefs.

After Abortion Support

There is no right or wrong way to feel after your abortion. Every woman’s experience is unique. Some women feel relieved, and some women regret their decision right away. Some women have deep feelings of loss, and others may not feel much at all.

It’s common to feel many things all at once! Relief, anger, sadness, and hope can all exist at one time. That may be confusing, but it’s also normal.

If you have had an abortion (or know someone who has), maybe you have noticed changes emotionally or physically, and you wonder what has brought on the change. Some women and men who have been involved in an abortion decision have feelings of sadness, loneliness, anger, or a lack of interest in work, school, or even sex.

Many women, no matter what they feel, find it helpful to talk about their abortion. A trained professional, a family member, or a close friend can offer great support. Some women avoid talking through their feelings because they feel ashamed, or they fear the judgment of other

It does not matter if your abortion was yesterday or 20 years ago. One thing that surprises many women is when these feelings don’t show up in the weeks and months after an abortion, but pop up years later. It can be overwhelming and confusing to deal with emotions from the distant past. It’s never too late get help or counseling. There is no time limit on your feelings. At Muskegon Pregnancy Services, we have compassionate advocates who have experienced the same loss and know how to help.

Community Referrals

Pregnancy involves much more than just taking a test and having an ultrasound. Therefore, we will work with you to determine your individual needs and personal growth. Muskegon Pregnancy Services provides community referrals.

We can help you find what you need!

  • OB Doctors/Healthcare
  • Insurance/Medicaid
  • WIC
  • Housing/Utility Assistance
  • Food Pantries/Programs
  • Adoption Agencies
  • Professional Counseling
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Job Assistance

Sexual Risk Avoidance

Muskegon is the third in the state for STD’s. We are in epidemic proportions and the need for awareness, education, prevention, and risks of unhealthy behaviors is so important to teach the next generation. MPS encourages healthy relationships, and empowers students to be willing to wait because the 100% safe choice is abstinence.

(What is SRA)?  Sexual Risk Avoidance

SRA is science & evidence based health curriculum also using “Big Data” statistics to prove effectiveness. SRA is an educational approach based on the public health model of primary prevention to empower youth to avoid the risks of sexual activity.  SRA is about creating and establishing boundaries and pursuing healthy relationships.

SRA where abstinence is encouraged to “save sex” and be willing to wait for lifelong, truelove partner in marriage. 

SRA Presentation: MPS is offering youth groups and schools a 30-minute sex-education presentation overview that focuses on prevention, avoidance, and healthy relationships, empowering youth to make good decisions about their sexual behavior.  We can also offer this curriculum for several lessons for specific topics as well.

THE DIFFERENCE:  According to a teen survey, statistics show the “safe sex” education now in schools encourages casual sex and sex at an earlier age.  STD’s have also skyrocketed!   

Congress passed:  “Healthy Relationships Act 2017” : https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/2028/text in order to present this curriculum to schools with grant possibilities.

Why Pregnancy centers?  Why are pregnancy centers around the country teaching sex education?  We see and hear the consequences of poor and uneducated decision-making!  We know first-hand the crisis at hand and can speak into preventatives. There is no benefit for these organizations to help to reduce the numbers of STD’s and unplanned pregnancies, our heart and concern is to help the next generation make healthy choices and see the cause and effect of their decisions!  All around the nation including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Holland area pregnancy centers have been supporting their area schools by coming alongside their health programs for many years teaching a similar SRA approved curriculum.

Your appointment will be scheduled for once a week with your advocate. There are many ways to earn your Baby Bucks – call us to make your first appointment and find out how!.

Call 231-726-2677