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Womens care: Self-advocacy in your healthcare

When you’re looking for women’s care, it’s good to know what you’re looking for. Do you want a doctor that knows women’s care specifically? Or are you okay with a doctor that works in a more general practice? What about the quality of service provided? Some clinics are really big. Others are smaller and are able to spend more time with each patient. Maybe you prefer a male or female doctor, or prefer to have a shorter wait in the waiting room.

Whatever your preferences are, they matter. Especially when it comes to your health. You have the right to choose a clinic or center that speaks to you, and provides the kind of care you want. When it comes to women’s care, you should consider a center that knows women’s health really well. 

Your comfort matters

At ThriVe+, we do women’s care only. We’re here for you when you need answers. Need a super accurate pregnancy test? What about a pre-abortion screening, or STD screening? We’ve got you. And all of our services are offered at no-cost. We believe that getting quality care shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Something we’re passionate about is helping you feel confident in your health. Women’s care can be complicated, and a journey of its own. But you should feel knowledgeable and ready to face whatever comes your way. 

Having self-confidence is super important when you’re making healthcare decisions for yourself. Women’s care isn’t always straightforward. You have options, but you need to know your body to be able to choose what’s right for you. But how do you gain that confidence?

Let’s start with talking about your self-image. You’ve got to think positively about yourself. We want you to know that you’re worthy and valuable. Whatever you’re going through, you’ve got what it takes to handle it. Let’s chat more about building your self-image, and how it can help you get the best women’s care.

Close up of a smiling African American woman experiencing quality women’s care.

Building your self-confidence

Believing that you’re valuable is such an important journey. This is especially true when life throws unexpected challenges our way! Having self-confidence can really help you manage.

First off, what exactly is self-image? Think of it as the mental picture you have of yourself. It’s influenced by everything from societal expectations to personal experiences. And yeah, big life events like an unplanned pregnancy can really shake things up.

Now, low self-esteem? Some people say it’s like carrying around a backpack full of rocks. It weighs you down, makes decisions harder, and can mess with your mental health — big time! Facing an unplanned pregnancy can feel like navigating a maze blindfolded, and can be a lot to handle.

But here’s the thing: You’re not alone, and you’re worth so much more than you might think right now. Making empowered choices about your body and future? That’s all about recognizing your own worth, competence, and ability to decide what’s best for you in your women’s care. 

And you do have choices, even now. Your choices are abortion, adoption, and parenting. No matter what you’re considering, you’re in control. And ThriVe+ is here to empower you. The first step is gaining the confidence, and the information, to make a decision for yourself.

So, how do you start?

1. Self-Compassion: First up, cut yourself some slack. We’re all human, and none of us have it all figured out. Treat yourself like you would a good friend—with kindness and understanding.

2. Information is Power: Knowledge is your best friend. Seek out reliable sources, like women’s care centers such as ThriVe+. We’re passionate about making sure you feel informed and supported. That goes for whatever decision you make regarding your pregnancy. Know your options to help you make the choice that align with your values and goals.

3. Challenge Negative Self-Talk: You know that little voice in your head? Yeah, the one that loves to criticize? Tell it to take a hike!

 Replace those negative thoughts with positive affirmations. It might feel cheesy at first, but trust me, it works. Speak kindly to yourself, even when seeking women’s care.

4. Surround Yourself with Positivity: Hang out with people who lift you up. Your vibe attracts your tribe, so choose wisely. And if toxic people are dragging you down? Don’t be afraid to create some distance. It’s okay to take a break from some people during this time. Make sure you make your boundaries known to the people you care about.

5. Focus on What You Can Control: Life’s full of curveballs. But you’re the one holding the bat. Instead of stressing over things beyond your control, focus on what you can change. Take small steps towards your goals, and celebrate every win, no matter how small. And remember that you’re the one in control of your women’s care situation. It’s your choice. You deserve to make decisions that align with your values and desires for the future. No one can make you do anything you don’t want to.

6. Practice Self-Care: Self-care isn’t selfish—it’s essential. Take time to do things that recharge your batteries, whether it’s a bubble bath, a walk in nature, or binge-watching your favorite show. You deserve it.

Remember, improving your self-image is a journey, not a destination. Some days will be harder than others, and that’s okay. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and don’t forget to pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come.

Confidence in your women’s care

Building your self-image isn’t just about feeling good—it can actually have a huge impact on the choices you make, especially when it comes to your health.

When you have a strong sense of self-worth and confidence, you’re more likely to prioritize your well-being. Here’s how:

1. Healthy Choices: When you believe you deserve to feel good, you’re more inclined to make choices that support your health. Maybe it’s choosing nutritious foods, getting regular exercise, or practicing mindfulness. Prioritize habits that benefit your body and mind.

2. Boundaries: A positive self-image helps you set and maintain boundaries in your relationships. You’re less likely to engage in behaviors that compromise your well-being or tolerate situations that aren’t healthy for you. This includes advocating for yourself in medical settings. You can make sure your women’s care needs are met. That also includes keeping boundaries that protect your future, like choosing to postpone sex until you’re in a safe, committed, monogamous relationship (like marriage). If you’re not ready for the risks of having sex (STDs and pregnancy), you can prevent them by holding off for now. It’s your body, and your right to choose.

3. Seeking Support: Building your self-image involves recognizing when you need help and being willing to seek support. You can talk to a therapist, reach out to a support group, or come chat with one of our patient advocates at ThriVe+. You’re more likely to take proactive steps for your health and women’s care when you feel supported.

4. Resilience: Strengthening your self-image also boosts your resilience — the ability to bounce back from setbacks. When you believe in yourself and your ability to overcome obstacles, you’re better equipped to navigate health roadblocks along the way.

5. Reducing Risky Behaviors: Low self-esteem can sometimes lead to engaging in risky behaviors as a way to cope or seek validation. By building a positive self-image, you’re less likely to engage in behaviors that jeopardize your health. You deserve to protect yourself from substance abuse or neglecting your mental health.

Woman in a coffee shop, feeling great about her women’s care

In essence, improving your self-image isn’t just about feeling good. You’re empowering yourself and your women’s care to make choices that support your overall health and well-being. Prioritize self-care, set boundaries, look for help when you need it. Believe in your ability to overcome challenges. You’re not just improving your self-image; you’re paving the way for a healthier, happier life. 

ThriVe+ is your tribe. We’ve got all the women’s care for times like these, including pregnancy tests, pre-abortion screenings, and STD screenings. All at no-cost. You deserve quality care from providers who know women’s health. Please make an appointment when you feel ready.

Healthy • Safe • Strong

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