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Not (PIC)turing Pregnancy Topics

If you don’t want to get pregnant, you have many options to protect yourself from pregnancy; a healthcare provider can help you choose a birth control method that is right for you. Practicing healthy behaviors like eating well, exercising often and decreasing substance can help decrease your risk for disease later in life. The subjects below give you an overview of the topic, the impact it may have on your health, populations that are at high risk and recommendations. There are also links to additional information. If you are concerned about any of the topic areas, you can discuss it further with a healthcare provider. Enjoy working on your journey to a healthier you!

Family Planning and Contraception

About 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned. Make sure you are properly protected to avoid a pregnancy.

Mental Health

Mental health conditions are most common during reproductive ages and include anxiety, mood and eating disorders.


Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases are most likely to develop in women during reproductive age. However, there are many ways to reduce your risk.

Genetic History

About 20 percent of birth defects are due to genetic history and may have severe impacts on function later in life.


Medication Use

Prescription use has increased within women of reproductive age. The interactions between birth control, food and drugs is important to optimize your health.

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and fitness can help reduce obesity and chronic diseases to prolong your health.


Partner Violence

Partner violence can be physical, sexual or psychological and increases the risk of other health complications. Sexual coercion can result in unwanted pregnancies.


Previous Pregnancy Outcomes

Most pregnancies are healthy; however, poor previous birth outcomes increase the chances of future pregnancy complications.


Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases

Certain infections and diseases may cause infertility or cancer if not treated. Testing, treatment and immunizations can help prevent poor reproductive health.

Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Use

Substance use increases your risk for other diseases that may affect your reproductive health. Quit while you can!