Next Step Sexual Health Blog
Helping women and their partners make informed choices about their sexual health.
The World Health Organization defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. 
If you are undecided about continuing your pregnancy, you have two choices to consider. The following video can help you begin your education on these options. Making an informed choice can help you avoid making a decision that isn't right for you.
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Call or email us to set up an appointment or walk-in during regular business hours at our Burleson or Fort Worth location. An advocate will work with licensed medical staff to help you confirm the gestation and viability of your pregnancy. We do not charge for pregnancy testing, consultation, sonograms, classes, or any other NEXTSTEP services.
Do you or someone you care about have a history or sexual trauma, abuse, or misue? Please call or email us today to inquire about joining Steps to Sexual Health, a one-on-one program written by Dr. Doug Weiss and led by a trained Advocate. This restoring program is designed to improve your sexual health and help you to build or maintain healthy relationships. If you are under 18 and currently being abused, please contact National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Cyber Tipline 1 (800) 843-5678.
Q. Who is this designed for?
A. Anyone who has experienced sexual trauma (unhealthy or coerced sexual relationships), abuse (unwanted or coerced involvement of all extremes), or misuse (sexual involvement that leads to emotional pain).
Q. What is Trauma?
A. Dr. Weiss defines it as sexual relationships that are unhealthy or coerced.
Q. What qualifies as Abuse?
A. According to Dr. Weiss, it involves unwanted or coerced sexual involvement and can include all extremes.
Q. What is Misuse?
A. Misuse can include pornography and sex addiction, age-inappropriate sex, or any sexual relations that negatively affect the way you see yourself.
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If you think you might be pregnant a professional pregnancy test is the best way to find out. Next Step offers free laboratory quality urine pregnancy testing at no cost. Whether your test is positive or negative, free support and services are available to help you with the Next Step.
Early Pregnancy Symptoms Courtesy of WebMD
Every woman is different. So are her experiences of pregnancy. Not every woman has the same symptoms or even the same symptoms from one pregnancy to the next. Also, because the early symptoms of pregnancy are often like what happens right before and during menstruation, those symptoms aren't always recognized. What follows is a description of some of the most common early symptoms of pregnancy. You should know that these symptoms may be caused by other things besides being pregnant. So the fact that you notice some of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you are pregnant. The only way to tell for sure is with a pregnancy test. Next Step offers clinical pregnancy tests to all clients free of charge. Call now to make an appointment or stop by anytime during office hours*
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