According to the National Survey of Family Growth, approximately 6.3 million pregnancies occur annually in the United States. Of these pregnancies, it is estimated that nearly 3.15 million are unintended.3,4 Contributing to the risk of unintended pregnancy is the fact that approximately 7.5% of all women who are at risk of becoming pregnant do not use any form of contraception.3,4 In addition, many women who do use contraceptives use their chosen method of contraception imperfectly, and this also increases the risk of undesired pregnancy. Given these statistics, the provision of appropriate and adequate instruction to patients regarding how to use contraceptive methods effectively is essential in order to reduce the risk of unwanted pregnancy.

Exposure to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is also a concern for women who are sexually active. It is estimated that 15 million people in the United States become newly infected annually with an STD.5 Given that not all methods of contraception protect the user against STDs, the provision of proper patient education by health care professionals regarding this risk is absolutely essential.

Pregnancy Guide

Pregnancy Guide

A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Pregnancy. If you suspect, or know, that you are pregnant, we ho pe you have already visited your doctor. Presuming that you have confirmed your suspicions and that this is your first child, or that you wish to take better care of yourself d uring pregnancy than you did during your other pregnancies; you have come to the right place.

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