All women’s health center: your advocate for consent

All women’s health center: your advocate for consent

Consent is a hot topic these days — and as an all women’s health center, we take it seriously. Consent is like an invisible agreement that makes sure everyone involved is comfortable and on the same page. This goes for all kinds of relationships — romantic, friendships, and even with your family.

Consent in relationships

In your relationships, it’s very important to have clear communication and set boundaries that feel right for you. If you’re not okay with something, it’s totally okay to say no. Remember, respect is the key. A good friend, partner, or boyfriend will always listen and try to understand your feelings. 

And hey, it’s not just about physical stuff. It’s about everything – your feelings, your time, and your personal space. 

What if I’m not comfortable with physical intimacy?

That’s completely okay! Your comfort is a top priority. If you’re not ready for sex, tell your partner. A good partner will always respect your boundaries. You should feel totally ready and prepared for sex, and for the potential consequences of sex, before you start. The consequences of sex could be pregnancy, STDs, or complicated feelings. 

The only way to 100% prevent STDs and pregnancy is to wait to have sex. Don’t give in if your partner pressures you and you’re not ready. Keep control of your future.

If you ever feel unsafe or like your partner might do something to harm you, please reach out to an all women’s health center right away. Call 911 if you’re in immediate danger. Your safety matters. Your romantic relationship should be a safe place.

Here are some of the secret ingredients for a healthy and respectful connection in relationships that prioritize consent:

1. Open Up Gradually:

Start small when sharing personal stuff. It helps build trust. When you get more comfortable, you can share deeper feelings.

2. Active Listening:

When your partner is talking, really listen. Put down your phone. Make eye contact. Show that you care about what he’s saying. It creates a strong bond.

3. Express Yourself Clearly:

Use “I” statements to share your feelings. For example, say “I feel” instead of “you make me feel.” It helps avoid him feeling blamed. Plus, it can help him understand you better.

4. Check-In Regularly:

Have casual check-ins about how you’re both feeling and what’s going on in your lives. Stay connected and aware of each other’s needs.

Woman talking with boyfriend about her all women’s health center.

5. Respect Differences:

It’s okay to have different opinions. Respect each other’s perspectives. Find common ground where you can. You can actually check out an all women’s health center together to get more info on relationships and thriving together. Try to find hobbies you can share together. But remember, you can each also have your own interests. Puzzle pieces look different from each other, but they can still fit together really well. Differences can make your relationship stronger! 

6. Non-Verbal Communication:

Pay attention to body language and facial expressions. What does his face communicate? Does he pace around when you’re talking to him, or can he sit comfortably? Sometimes, what’s not said out loud is just as important as what is said.

7. Set Clear Expectations:

Be upfront about what you expect from him. This includes everything from spending time together to how you talk during disagreements. Talk about intimacy, too. Tell him upfront if you’re planning to wait for a commitment to have sex. It’s your decision to have sex or not. If you have to choose between having sex and staying together, he’s not respecting your boundaries. 

Setting expectations is really important if you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy together. It helps him to know what you expect him to do, how involved you want him to be, and what you’re hoping will happen in the future. You can visit an all women’s health center like ThriVe+ if you want help deciding on your expectations or boundaries. We’ve got your back.

8. Establish Mutual Boundaries:

Work together. Define boundaries that make you both comfortable. This might include personal space, time apart, or certain topics that are off-limits. Talk about intimacy early on and be clear about what you’re ready, and not ready for.

9. Apologize and Forgive:

We all make mistakes. If you mess up, tell your partner you’re sorry. It’s hard. But it helps you grow closer. Likewise, if your partner apologizes, be ready to forgive. Always be moving forward.

10. Reassess Boundaries Over Time:

As your relationship grows and changes, your boundaries might change. Check in with your partner and change them if you need to. It’s a natural part of evolving together. And it’s normal to change over time.

Remember, communication is a two-way street— both partners play a role. As you set boundaries together, write these ideas down. They may help you build a strong foundation for your relationship. You’re worthy of love and respect! And you can always talk with us here at ThriVe+, an all women’s health center.

Now, when it comes to healthcare, you also have rights! 

You have the right to understand your options, ask questions, and keep things private. Your decisions about your health are YOURS to make. No one should pressure you or judge you. No one, not even your doctor can force you to do anything that goes against your conscience, wants, or beliefs. If you’re pregnant, your options are abortion, adoption, and parenting. It’s about what’s best for you, and you have the power to decide.

Consent in healthcare

Let’s talk more about making your own health decisions. You are qualified to make decisions about your health and future. When it comes to consent, abortion, and pregnancy, here are five common questions women might have:

1. What does “consent” really mean?

Consent is like a green light in any situation. It means freely agreeing to something without feeling pressured. In relationships, it’s about being on the same page and respecting each other’s boundaries. In healthcare, you might be asked to sign a “consent form” in some situations. This allows a doctor to proceed with something like a medical test or procedure. In order to give true consent, the medical professional must always explain the procedure to you first. At an all women’s health center like ThriVe+, we’ll always give you as much info as possible so you have total control.

2. How do I make informed decisions about my pregnancy?

It’s a big deal to be informed. Gather information about all your choices, from reliable sources. ThriVe+, an all women’s health center, is a resource that provides support and info to women, no matter what stage in life they’re in. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy you’re welcome here. Ask questions, understand your options, and make decisions that align with your values and goals.

3. What if I’m unsure about having an abortion or continuing the pregnancy?

It’s a big decision, and it’s okay to feel unsure. Lots of people do. Take your time. Talk to healthcare professionals, trusted friends, or family. Remember, to make a fully consensual decision about your pregnancy, you need to be fully informed. The first two steps in that direction would be confirming your pregnancy and receiving an ultrasound. ThriVe+ offers both of those services at no cost to you and can also help support you with other information and resources so you can make an informed, authentic decision. Learn more about abortion methods and risks. 

5. How do I ensure my healthcare decisions are private and respected?

Your healthcare info should always be confidential. Ask your healthcare provider about privacy policies and who will have access to your information. You have the right to keep your decisions private. You should be treated with respect throughout the process. At ThriVe+, your privacy and confidentiality are a priority.

Remember, your health decisions are yours to make, and you deserve to feel informed, supported, and in control. 

Don’t hesitate to ask questions here at Thrive+, an all women’s health center. We’ll help you find reliable resources to guide you through the process. Your well-being is the top priority.

Three female friends talking about their all women’s health center.

Consent in families

Even when you love and support someone, sometimes it takes a little while to process unexpected news. When you tell your family that you’re pregnant or starting a new relationship, give them some space to process things. They care about you. But their role is to be there for you, to support you, not to make decisions for you. You have the right to choose what’s best for your life.

And speaking of support, have you heard about ThriVe+? It’s an amazing all women’s health center. We’re here to support women like you with information, respect, and care, especially if you’re dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. At no-cost, you can come here to have a lab-grade pregnancy test, pre-abortion screening, and STD testing. You don’t need insurance or payment. Reach out when you’re ready, and we’ll get you an appointment asap.

We are here to help you navigate through everything. We won’t judge. We just want you to feel confident to make your own decisions. Remember, you’re strong, and your choices matter. Surround yourself with people and resources that respect you. Make informed decisions so you can feel confident in them. You’ve got this!

Healthy • Safe • Strong

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