Most sexually active people are aware that sex can cause pregnancy and can also spread sexually transmitted diseases. Using protection such as a condom or female condom can prevent the spread of STDs and prevent unwanted pregnancies.
However, sometimes in the heat of the moment, you might not be prepared and you may have unprotected sex. You need to know what to do next.
Daniel Kushner, MD is a compassionate and respected OB/GYN with offices in White Plains and Queens, New York. He takes the time to understand your health concerns, completes thorough physical exams, and provides testing for accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. Supported by his friendly and skilled staff, Dr. Kushner offers a full spectrum of OB/GYN services that help you stay healthy throughout your life.
The risks with unprotected sex
Having unprotected vaginal sex can lead to a pregnancy you weren’t planning. If you are pregnant, it’s important for you to make an appointment with an OB/GYN as soon as you can to protect your health as well as the health of the developing baby.
Unprotected sex can also result in you spreading or being exposed to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Most of these sexually transmitted diseases can cause uncomfortable symptoms. And if left untreated, they can cause more serious, lasting health issues. Getting a diagnosis and starting treatment as soon as possible can ease your discomfort as well as preserve your overall long-term health.
What to do if you’ve had unprotected sex
If you’ve had unprotected sex, you may be anxious and worried about the potential consequences. It’s important to not let anxiety take over. Remain calm, and try to not let yourself get overwhelmed with concerns about what might have occurred.
At times like this, people are sometimes tempted to rely on information gathered from their friends and from the internet, but it’s best to get your questions and concerns addressed, and access any needed tests, through a qualified doctor.
Make an appointment to see your OB/GYN as soon as you can. Dr. Kushner provides pregnancy testing and testing for STDs. Once your test results are available, you can discuss any positive test results and what they mean. Dr. Kushner informs you about treatment options that are available.
Dr. Kushner can also provide you with any information or resources you need so you have accurate information and access to protection to keep yourself safe during sexual encounters in the future.
To set up an appointment, call the office in either Queens or White Plains, New York, or use our online appointment booking system to find a date and time soon that work best for you.