Men, Family Panning is For You Too
Family planning services are available for no or low cost at health centers throughout Philadelphia, where men can receive the care and information they need to protect themselves and their partners. Here are a few things that should prompt men to see a family planning health professional:
One of the most effective ways to have safe sex is to use condoms. When used correctly, condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy and the transmission of STDs, and they’re available for free at more than 25 no or low-cost family planning health centers across Philadelphia. Another way to make sex safe is to get tested regularly for STDs.
STDs can be passed through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. You may be at risk for STDs if you’re having unprotected sex; and they can have serious consequences. So, if you think you’ve been exposed to an STD, family planning health centers make it easy to get tested.
Your family planning healthcare provider can help you to develop a plan for testing. You may think you are STD-free if you feel normal. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Men can be HPV carriers with no symptoms—and serious infections like HIV and syphilis, which often come with no symptoms, can be deadly if left untreated. That’s why testing is so important.
That said, testing should absolutely be a priority, but be aware that you could have an STD, even if you have no symptoms. Condoms are still a great way to stay safe.
Signs of STDs
Even though some STDs may not come with symptoms for men, there are a number of symptoms that might indicate you’ve contracted an STD. They include:
If you have one or more of these symptoms, make an appointment at your local no or low-cost family planning health center.
Maybe your partner is pregnant, whether it was planned or not. Or maybe you’d like a baby, but you’re having a hard time conceiving. Maybe you’re not sure how to talk about birth control with your partner. Preventing pregnancy, seeking a pregnancy, and fertility can come with a lot of questions, and family planning health centers offer counseling to provide answers. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Lifestyle & Physical Changes
For all the reasons above, any changes in health and lifestyle mean a visit to a family planning health provider. If you’ve started seeing a new partner, or are seeing multiple partners, or experience a change in relationship status, check in with a family planning healthcare provider to make sure you’re STD-free and get the tools you need to continue to have protected sex.
To visit one of Philadelphia’s no or low-cost family planning health centers,