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Sexual Health Resources

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Sexual Health

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Many STDs don’t cause symptoms that you would notice. The only way to know for sure if you have an STD is to get tested. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing are recommended on an annual basis for sexually active individuals.


Untreated STDs can result in pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, pregnancy complications, chronic pain and even death. Options for Women Cornerstone offers free testing for the two most common STDs, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

Expedited Partner Therapy (EPT)

If you’ve been diagnosed with  an STD, you may be able to get treatment for your partner, too. To schedule an appointment with one of our medical staff, you can schedule online or give us a call at 612-584-9449.

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Pregnancy & STD Prevention

The only 100% reliable way to prevent pregnancy and STDs for those outside of a faithful, monogamous relationship is to practice abstinence from sexual activity (vaginal, oral, and anal intercourse as well as genital contact without penetration). 

Other natural prevention is Natural Family Planning (NFP) which uses a woman’s body signals to pinpoint her fertile periods, with abstinence during those periods preventing pregnancy. Protection from STDs relies on a faithful, monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.





Hormonal Birth Control (Pill & Shot)

Classified in 2006 by the World Health Organization as carcinogens in the most dangerous "Group I," hormonal contraceptives work in three ways:  decreasing ovulation, inhibiting sperm transport, and changing the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation of a newly conceived embryo.

Especially when use begins in teen years, substantial increases in cervical and pre-menopausal breast cancers have been documented.

Many discontinue use because of depressed mood, decreased libido, headaches, weight gain, bloating.  Serious side effects include high blood pressure, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, bone loss, increased risk of AIDS and other STIs.   

Emergency Contraceptives

Emergency Contraceptives (ECs) work through delaying or inhibiting ovulation, but “it is possible that ECs may affect the movement of egg or sperm (making them less likely to meet), interfere with the fertilization process, or prevent implantation of a fertilized egg. The copper in Copper-T IUDs can prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg and may also prevent implantation of a fertilized egg."

Recent news of the ineffectiveness of Plan B in women weighing more than 165 pounds has copper IUD (intrauterine device) insertion being touted as an emergency contraception strategy.  A copper IUD does not influence ovulation, but rather interferes with body fluids and endometrium formation, likely preventing implantation of a newly conceived embryo.

Complications of copper IUDs should be researched carefully.  They include perforation of the uterus, increased risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, heavier bleeding and more cramping during menstrual periods.


Using latex condoms exactly as directed for every sexual activity (oral, anal, vaginal, and no penetration) from start to finish, will prevent HIV infection 87% of the time, but condom protection for other STIs range from 0 to 50%. { Source: Meeker, Meg.  Epidemic, How Teen Sex Is Killing Our Kids. 2002, pp. 104-110. } The practical failure rate for pregnancy using condoms is consistently higher for teens than adults.

Source for Condoms & Emergency Contraceptives

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