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6 Things to Know If You're Considering Adoption

You’re pregnant. Perhaps you’re feeling scared, anxious, or overwhelmed by all the decisions and unknowns your future holds. You’re not alone. We’re here to help. We want to walk through this with you as you explore your options. If you're considering adoption, here are some things you should know.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: Can I Still Get Pregnant When I'm Taking Birth Control Pills?

No method of birth control is 100% effective. Birth control pills are very effective in preventing pregnancy when taken as directed. However, if you take the pill incorrectly, or not as directed, your chances of an unexpected pregnancy increase. Also, there are several factors that can lower the effectiveness of the pill. Find out more from one of our nurses.

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How to Help a Friend Who's In an Abusive Relationship

Ever since she started dating that new guy your friend doesn’t quite seem herself, and you’ve noticed some of the signs of an unhealthy relationship. So now you’re wondering if she may be in an abusive relationship, and if so, what you can do to help her.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: Is There a Difference Between STDs and STIs?

There is often some confusion about the terms sexually transmitted disease (STD) versus sexually transmitted infection (STI). Here’s a little more information from one of our nurses.

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Is Love Your Drug? How Your Body Reacts When You Fall in Love

It’s no surprise that being in love messes with your brain, but could it be dangerous to your health? This Valentine’s Day, take a moment to find out what actually happens in your body as you fall in love. How does your body react to keep you looking so crazy in love? Let’s take a look at how the average relationship can function like a drug from first sight to last fight.

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What to Expect on Your First Visit to VWC

You’re feeling a little worried. You recently had sex and now you’re starting to experience some common pregnancy symptoms. Or maybe you’re concerned that you could have been exposed to an STI. Valley Women’s Clinic can help with either or both of those things. We provide lab-certified pregnancy tests. We also provide STI testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. All of our services are completely free and confidential. Maybe you’re considering making an appointment, or maybe you already have. Either way, here’s a little information on what you can expect on your first visit to VWC.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: How Does a Pregnancy Test Work?

Have you ever wondered how a pregnancy test works? Is the test accurate or when would it be accurate? A lot of us have. Here is a little information from one of our nurses to help us understand these questions.

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4 Ways to Grow Your Confidence This Semester

College can be a difficult time in life to be confident. Maybe you’re returning this semester a little low on confidence. Your final grades last semester weren’t as high as you’d hoped, you had a spat with a housemate before the break and there’s still some tension, or maybe you just got broken up with. It can be hard to be confident when you’re feeling these lows, but believe it or not, your confidence can return and even exceed where it was before. Check out our 4 tips to grow your confidence academically and socially this semester.

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Top 10 Creative Places in the NRV to Take Your Christmas Photo

We have compiled this list of the top 10 places that we recommend you try for this year’s Christmas photo. Yes, we know there’s Bisset Park or the Pylons at Virginia Tech or countless other great options, but we wanted to provide you with some creative, outside-the-box places, some of which you may not have even heard of. Because why not turn your Christmas card photo op into an adventure to explore somewhere new?

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How to Survive Finals Week

There are three words that strike fear into the heart of the bravest of students, “Finals are coming.” Students all over the country experience the anxiety of final exams year after year. Check out some healthy ways to cope during this stressful time of the semester and take advantage of what your school is offering to make exam week a little bit better.

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No-Shave November: What Do Women Think of Facial Hair?

It’s that time of the year again! Beards, goatees, and mustaches are everywhere during “No-Shave November.” But what do women think of this tradition? We asked some Radford University students.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: How Do I Know if I Have an STI?

The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested. However, you may also want to check out some of these common symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhea in women and men.

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How to Cope After a Breakup: 3 Steps to Take

Whether you’re the one doing the breaking up or you’re on the receiving end of it, all kinds of emotions accompany the ending of a romantic relationship. Guilt, pain, insecurity, denial, rejection, anger, to name a few. Here are three steps we recommend you take in order to deal with those feelings and move on in a positive and healthy way.

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Sexy Halloween Costumes: Empowering or Degrading to Women?

Halloween – one way you get to relive your childhood every year. The anticipation you felt as a kid getting to wear that Disney Princess dress or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume to go trick or treating still applies for many college students as they plan and create their costume – sometimes multiple costumes – for a weekend of parties.

We surveyed 50 Virginia Tech students earlier this week to see what trends we might find among them when it comes to Halloween. We also asked them for their opinions when it comes to sexy Halloween costumes. Do they empower or degrade women? See what they said.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: What Are The Most Common Signs of Pregnancy?

Every woman is different and may experience different symptoms, but if you're experiencing several of these signs, you may want to get a free pregnancy test at VWC.

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How to Help a Friend Who's Going Through a Tough Time

We all go through difficult times in our lives at some point or another. It’s likely that you will have a friend who is struggling and will need your help to get through that tough time. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what to say or do in these situations, and it’s easy to worry that you might say the wrong thing. But as a friend, it’s very important to be there to provide support to those you care about. Here are six practical steps you can take to help a friend in their crisis.

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STDs: Some Ways to Reduce Your Risk

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs or STIs). Not exactly what you’re thinking about in the heat of the moment. And not exactly the most romantic thing to talk about. But STDs can be pretty serious if left undiagnosed and untreated. So, what steps can you take to reduce your risk?

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Top 5 Tips for Reaching #RelationshipGoal Status

Have you ever seen that old couple at the movies still holding hands and thought, “I want that!” How about that couple that seems so effortlessly chill? It’s easy to see when someone else’s relationship is beautiful and healthy, but sometimes it’s hard to know how to get there in your own relationship. No one wants a dull, hurtful, or unhealthy relationship, but how do you find the “right one?” Or how do you make your relationship more healthy? Here are some practical tips to help you know just how legit your relationship is.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: Is Oral Sex Safe Sex?

Because pregnancy is not an issue with oral sex, many people view it as safe, or at least as less risky than other types of sex. Find out what our nurses say.

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VWC at VT Gobblerfest & RU Club Fair!

Students, come see us TODAY, September 2nd, at Gobblerfest on the VT Drillfield and Club Fair on the Moffett Lawn! We will have lots of free swag for you!

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3 Things to Think About As You Get Settled In for a New School Year

While you may be thinking mostly right now about getting settled in, figuring out your classes, and making new friends or reconnecting with old ones, we hope you’ll also take some time as the semester begins to think about these three things too.

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5 Tips for Dealing with Stress During Exam Time

Stress. It’s something we all deal with. However, millennials have the highest stress levels of all Americans. College students can especially feel stressed during the last few weeks of the semester, finishing up projects and papers and preparing for and taking those final exams. While this is always likely to be a stressful time, here are several ways to help manage and reduce your stress.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: How Often Should I Get Tested for STIs?

April is STI Awareness Month. Anyone who is sexually active can get an STI, and STIs can be spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex. Many people with an STI don’t know that they have an infection because they may not have symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you have an STI is to get tested.

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Come See VWC at VT Relay for Life!

Valley Women’s Clinic is a proud sponsor of the Virginia Tech Relay for Life this year! Virginia Tech students, come see us TODAY at Relay, April 22, on the VT Drillfield! We will have lots of free swag for you.

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At What Point in the Relationship Should We Have Sex?

You met him recently and the two of you immediately clicked. He has a great personality and there’s definitely chemistry. You’ve been out on a couple dates with him, and things are going great. You’re starting to think that this could lead to a long-term relationship. You may also be beginning to wonder if and when you should have sex.

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5 Ways Your Relationship May Be Unhealthy

How would you define your relationship? Is it fun and romantic? Or is it tense and stressful? Are you being treated with respect? Whether you’re just starting out in the relationship or if you’ve been together for awhile, it’s important for you evaluate your relationship to determine if it’s healthy and if your partner is treating you the way you deserve to be treated.

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Ask a VWC Nurse: Do I Need an Ultrasound Before an Abortion?

If you’re pregnant and have already decided on abortion, you may be thinking, “Why would I need an ultrasound first?” Check out the answer from one of our VWC nurses.

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3 Spring Break Safety Tips

It’s almost here – spring break! Many of you have been slammed with exams the past few weeks, and now it’s finally time for a mental break at this half-way point in the semester. Whether you’re traveling to a sunny destination or just heading home to see family and friends, we at Valley Women’s Clinic want you to have a safe spring break, keeping in mind the importance of protecting yourself and looking out for your friends. Check out our tips for how to do that.

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Eating Disorders: Some Things You Should Know

It's National Eating Disorder Awareness week, so it’s a good time to take stock of how you and the ones around you are doing. Do you know some of the symptoms of eating disorders? Have you ever considered if you or someone you know might have an eating disorder?

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Ask a VWC Nurse: What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

While ectopic pregnancies occur in only about 1-2% of pregnancies, they are a serious medical condition and, if left untreated, can be fatal. That’s why it’s important that women are aware of what an ectopic pregnancy is and what the symptoms are.

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Creative Valentine's Day Dates

If you and your significant other are tired of the cliché dinner-and-a-movie date and are looking for some out-of-the box date ideas for this Valentine’s Day weekend, check out these. The best part is that if you’re single, most of these are also great activities to do with friends!

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