Explore the Frequently Asked Questions below to see if any of your questions are there.
Submit a question you have in the box provided.
One of our doctors will respond to you within 24-48 hours.
You are all set!
In the meantime, explore our “Learn” tab to learn about other SRH topics.
This feature is not designed to and does not provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to you or to any other individual. It is for providing general information for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or professional care. Any response you get should not be used in place of a visit, call consultation or the advice of your physician or healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions
- There are a number of contraceptive methods that are discreet including:
- The Implant: A matchstick-size rod placed under the skin of the upper arm. (over 99% effective) This needs to be placed by a physician or nurse.
- IUD: A small device placed in your uterus by a physician or nurse (99% effective)
- The Ring: A device the shape of a ring you can insert that rests near the cervix (92% effective)
- Lifestyle/home remedies :
- Heat Helps! Heat helps to relax your muscles, soaking in a hot bath, and using a heating pad on your abdomen (about 3 inches below your belly button or your lower back) will help reduce cramping pain.
- Physical Activity: Exercising, walking, and meditation (Yoga) can help reduce menstrual cramps by stimulating and stretching your muscles.
- Drink more water and reduce caffeine intake.
- Over the counter pain/anti-inflammatory medication will help ease pain from menstrual cramps.
Healthcare providers recommend you to wait 4-6 weeks before having sexual intercourse regardless of your delivery method. The risk of having complications after delivery is highest the first two weeks after delivery but waiting until your body is fully healed is highly recommended.
Yes! Although it’s uncommon, it is possible to get pregnant from precum during ovulation. According to the American college of obstetricians and gynecologists (ACOG) the chances of conviction from precum is about 22% using the withdrawal method. This depends on if there is sperm in the pre-ejaculation, although precum does not contain sperm it can sometimes transport sperm from the penis-so although it’s a low probability it is possible.
- ማረጥ is a term used to describe the end of a woman’s fertility. It literally means the end of menstruation. Female menopause is characterized by changes in hormone production.
- The menopausal transition most often begins between the ages 45 and 55.
Tip: Learn more about Menstrual Health in our “Learn” tab
- No. Use only water-based lubricants, such as K-Y Jelly, with condoms. Oil-based lubricants, like Vaseline, can weaken the condom and cause it to break.
Tip: Explore water-based lubricants available in our E-Pharmacy in the “Shop” tab
- Once you register On our web-app there is a tab on the top of the screen titled, “Free Resources” and it offers free resources for expecting mothers. One of our downloadable resources includes a checklist of what to do to plan and prepare for a pregnancy!
Tip: Check out our “Free Resources” tab to access a free downloadable PDF checklist to plan your pregnancy. Super handy!
- A woman normally produces a vaginal discharge that usually is described as clear or slightly cloudy, non-irritating, and odor-free. During the normal menstrual cycle, the amount and consistency of discharge can vary. At one time of the month, there may be a small amount of a very thin or watery discharge; and at another time, a more extensive thicker discharge may appear. All of these excretions could be considered normal.
- A vaginal discharge that has an odor or that is irritating usually is considered an abnormal discharge. The irritation might be itching or burning, or both. The itching may be present at any time of the day, but it often is most bothersome at night. These symptoms often are made worse by sexual intercourse. It is important to see your gynecologist if there has been a change in the amount, color, or smell of the discharge.
A person gets HIV when an infected person’s body fluids (blood, semen, fluids from the vagina, or breast milk) enter their bloodstream. Both men and women can spread HIV. A person with HIV can feel okay and still transmit the virus to others. Pregnant women with HIV also can pass the virus to their babies.
Common ways people get HIV:
- Sharing a needle to take drugs/medicine
- Having unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected person
You cannot get HIV from:
- Touching or hugging someone who has HIV/AIDS
- Public bathrooms or swimming pools
- Sharing cups, utensils, or telephones with someone who has HIV/AIDS
- Bug bites
Tip: Learn more about Sexual Health in our “Learn” tab
Consent and Talking openly about both parties wants/needs and boundary setting is a necessary pre-cursor to any sexual/intimate activity.
- Ways to ask for consent:
- Example: Can I kiss you?
- Can I …
- Can we…
- Do you want to…
- Is it ok if we…
- Are you comfortable…
- Remember: Consent is constant! This means that just asking for consent once and assuming your partner is consensual to any activities from then on does not make for a consensual interaction. Make sure to continue to ask for consent and reassure yourself and your partner before, during, and after any sexual/intimate activity.
Finally: Consent is a must. You might worry that asking for consent might kill the mood, but consent is and can be romantic and is a form of respect! Not asking for consent and potentially sexually assaulting someone — is unacceptable.
Tip: Learn more about Sexual Health in our “Learn” tab