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About SuzyKnew!

SuzyKnew! is dedicated to improving the sexual and reproductive health and sexual pleasure of women of color.

Find an obgyn

Need an obgyn?  Want one who is reputable but don’t know where to look?  Let SuzyKnew do the work for you. Below are links from not-for-profit obgyn associations to find obgyns in the USA, UK, South Africa and beyond. 

USA – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

UK, Canada, and Australia –  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) in these countries may be good references for finding obgyns. Also, you can try www.obgyn.net

South Africa and other countries– Marie Stopes International Clinics

Other countries – Marie Stopes International Clinics international list

Also, Our Bodies Ourselves is a good resource for informatio on sexual and reproductive health: http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org/

Abortion

Abortion is the termination of pregnancy. If you chose to have an abortion, it is called an “induced” or “elective”  abortion.  In the UK, South Africa, India and other English-speaking countries the procedures are often referred to as TOPs or Termination of Pregnancy.  It’s easiest and safest to have this procedure within the first 3 months from your last menstrual period.   So, the earlier you decide the easier it will be.  You can opt for an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia.  The procedure can be scheduled in advance and you can be back to work or home within an hour or so. You can also ask your health care provider for medication.  Medication requires at least two visits to the clinic or doctor’s office, and your uterus is evacuated over the course of a day or two. In other words, you’ll experience heavy bleeding and cramping as the uterus contracts.  Some women find the outpatient procedure more convenient while others feel that medication is “more natural.”  Chose what is best for you.

Medically speaking, an abortion can also be “spontaneous” or happen on its own. Health providers will call this a spontaneous abortion. Your sister and your friends will refer to this as a “miscarriage” or “losing the baby.”  Whether you chose to have an abortion or if nature decides for you, abortions and miscarriages can be emotionally challenging.  Also, some family and friends will be really supportive while others you thought you could count on or understand you suddenly disappoint you. Make sure you get the support you need.

What to do if you’re considering an abortion or think you’re having a miscarriage??  In the US, you can look for a Planned Parenthood and in the UK contact Bpas.  In other countries, look for Marie Stopes International clinics or MSI.  For miscarriages, you can call your obygn, and if you don’t have one try SuzyKnew!Find an obgyn.

Fertility

Is this the fifth time you’ve passed by an adorable tyke grinning toothlessly at you in the grocery story and your heart thumps with yearning…? Sleeves rolled up and already working on getting pregnant? Or you’re not quite there yet and you just wanna know more about pregnancy? Then check out the websites below.

Learn more about your options.

www.fertilityauthority.com if you’re in the United States

And if you’re hanging out in the UK, looking at this site will dish the nitty-gritty: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/fertility-treatment-options-fertility-drugs.html

But, ladies, whether you’re just starting out or you feel like it’s your last chance, it’s never too late to explore and get acquainted with the whys and hows of pregnancy. Wanna know how other women are doing and dealing with it? Follow women as they try fertility treatments and embark on the exciting world of pregnancy.

http://www.alittlepregnant.com/

http://myinfertilityblog.wordpress.com/

http://missionimpossibleinfertile.wordpress.com/