Ask A Nurse: Oral Sex

  At Life Options, we believe that every person should have the information and help they need to make healthy choices.  Our medical team offers education, testing, and treatment regarding sexually transmitted infections and sexual health.  Here is what one of our nurses says about oral sex and STI’s: How Safe is Oral Sex? Oral sex is sex.  With any … Continued

Plan B & Other Emergency Contraceptives

  Emergency contraceptives, which are a form of birth control, are referred to by many names including the morning-after pill, “the pill”, Levonogestrel pill, Plan B One-Step®, Next Choice One Dose®, My Way®, EContra® EZ, Take Action®,  and Ella®.  They are not the same as RU486 (the abortion pill). The purpose of emergency contraception is to prevent pregnancy after unprotected … Continued

What To Expect On Your First Visit to Life Options

What to Expect You recently had sex and you’re concerned. Maybe you’re experiencing pregnancy-like symptoms. Maybe you’ve even missed your period. Or, after sex you’ve developed an itch and think you may have caught something. Maybe your partner tested positive for Chlamydia and you’re concerned you might have it too. Whatever the reason, you’re thinking it might be a good … Continued

Pregnancy In An Unhealthy Relationship

  Sometimes pregnancy comes at a time when your entire life seems to be spinning out of control.   You may be in an unhealthy or even violent relationship.  Your pregnancy may even be the result of a sexual encounter you didn’t choose.  No matter what is going on, it’s important to remember: You have options. You are stronger than your … Continued

My Friend Is Pregnant, What Should I Do?

  My Friend Is Pregnant An unexpected pregnancy can create a crisis situation for your friend.  She may be upset over missing her period or other pregnancy symptoms.  As her friend, you can help her understand her pregnancy and choices for her next steps by letting her know that Life Options is here to help.  Our medical staff and consultants … Continued

Can I Still Get Pregnant On Birth Control?

Have you missed a period? Or experienced breast tenderness, nausea, or strange cravings? If you are using birth control, you may be wondering if the symptoms you are experiencing mean that you might be pregnant, or if it’s just a side effect of the birth control. The fact is, it IS possible to get pregnant, no matter what type of … Continued

A Simple Yes

A simple yes led her out with a guy. A simple yes led her to go further than expected. A simple yes left her with a positive pregnancy result. At Life Options, we have been serving women and men in the Lower Yakima Valley since 1986 and we have heard this not-so-simple story countless times over the years: it was … Continued

How Healthy Is My Relationship?

Are you wondering how healthy your relationship is?  Sometimes it’s hard to get an objective look at your relationship with your partner.  We tend to compare our relationships to people we know.  Are we doing better or worse than those around us?, we might ask.  But what if the relationships around you aren’t healthy?  Maybe you’ve never observed a truly … Continued

Early Pregnancy Signs & Common Symptoms

Although the earliest signs of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy, some of the more common symptoms include: Missed or late period Tender breasts Nausea (with or without vomiting) Fatigue or unusual tiredness Spotting Cramps Bloating Constipation Appetite change Thirstiness Food or odor aversions Frequent urination Heartburn Indigestion Minor aches, pains or discomforts Headaches Bleeding gums … Continued

What are your real options?

When a woman faces unplanned pregnancy, the clamor of voices can be so loud and the pressures so urgent that she wants a place away from it all where she can reflect on her circumstances, her feelings, and her concerns. We have been walking with women and their families as they decide how to move forward in their pregnancy for … Continued