Reproductive Health Education
Natural family planning is a method used to help a couple choose and decide when sexual intercourse can and cannot result in pregnancy. A couple takes into account what options are available to help plan out a pregnancy. Steps are taken to understand best the physiological factors of each partner when setting out a planned pregnancy. A pre-pregnancy care plan is also thought out to identify the best timing and environment to begin a pregnancy.
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Reproduction occurs when sexual intercourse allows sperm to travel through the female's vagina through the cervix and the uterus to meet the mature egg. After fertilization in the female's fallopian tube, the nuclei of the sperm and egg fuse to form a new cell. This cell contains 46 chromosomes, 23 from each parent cell. The cell begins to grow and takes approximately 9 months for the fetus to fully develop and be ready for childbirth.
For more information on the Male Reproductive system click here or for more information on the Female Reproductive system click here.
For a pre-pregnancy care plan take the following steps:
- Make sure to obtain and begin taking prenatal vitamins.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Limit alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Make a doctor's appointment for a checkup/wellness visit.
For before/after pregnancy you can continue doing some of the tips above. Some tips you should stop but make new ones once you are pregnant.
For more information regarding Pregnancy and Pre-Pregnancy planning click here.
Social Services and Referrals for Aid
Several social services can help a couple or a single mother with their economic statuses, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can help with a rent, utilities, child care and work-related expenses.
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Student Health Services can assist with any questions and provide educational information pertaining to reproductive health and sexual health education. Networks also include Planned Parenthood and Valley AIDS Council. Campus class presentations or programming on any of the topics mentioned above are available.