If you are sexually active or thinking of becoming sexually active, there are so many different things that you need to know. You may be asking yourself: What kind of birth control should I use? What happens if I get pregnant? Where do I go if I need help? Choices: A Sourcebook of Reproductive Health is a guide to services in Maryland available to you. It is also an educational guide to help you learn more about your reproductive health options, including birth control, emergency contraception, and abortion.
This sourcebook is meant to be a starting point to guide your exploration into topics surrounding sexual and reproductive health, and is not intended to be a replacement for a health professional. However, when speaking with a health professional, it’s important to have a base understanding about your body and its processes, as well as know some of the different procedures and methods used so you can better advocate for yourself, your health, and your safety. You should work with a health professional who is non- judgmental and makes you feel comfortable discussing your body and any questions you may have.
It’s important that you feel empowered regarding your body, especially when it relates to sexual and reproductive health in case something unexpected happens like a sexual assault or unintended pregnancy. The more knowledge you have, the better you can advocate for yourself and others.
At the end of this sourcebook are other resources, however if you or someone you know is in crisis, please reach out to someone you trust, like a friend, family member, or health professional, for help.
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