Celebrate National Nurses Week

This week is National Nurses Week, a time to celebrate those special health care workers who serve humankind with compassion, dedication, and professionalism. True Care Women’s Resource Center employs five women who are registered nurses, and two of these ladies have been part of the True Care team for nine or more years. Our nurse manager,

Sexual Assault Awareness: Speak Up!

Every 98 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted. Such trauma is experienced by people from all walks of life: women, children, and men; college students; military personnel; people living in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Anyone can become a victim of this crime. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Shining a light onto this dark issue is

What is a Functional Ovarian Cyst and Should I be Worried?

One of my jobs as a nurse and sonographer at True Care is to scan women who have a positive urine pregnancy test to look for what is called a viable pregnancy (baby with a heart beat in the uterus). As I scan my patients, I often come across a cyst on one of the woman’s

Things to Know if You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Rape is a real problem affecting both women and men around the world.  Some statistics report that that up to 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the US have been sexually assaulted.  It is hard to know the actual numbers because many people do not make a criminal report after being raped. According

The Gift that keeps on Giving

The Gift that keeps on giving As the holidays draw near and we frantically look for that perfect gift for our loved ones, we probably want to find something they will love and use.  Maybe something funny that will make them laugh.  I’m guessing most of us don’t want to give something that would damage

5 Things to Know Before Having an Abortion

You think you might be pregnant. It’s unplanned and you’re not sure what to do. Even though your emotions may be running high, from fear to uncertainty, shock to sadness, it’s important for you to get the information you need. If you’re thinking about abortion, there are things you owe yourself to know and certain

Four Steps to Take Before Having an Abortion

You think you might be pregnant and you’re not sure what to do. At this point, even though emotions may be running high, it is important to take a deep breath and to get the information you need, especially if you are considering an abortion. There are certain steps your medical provider should take in

The Abortion Pill: What is it and how does it work?

The abortion pill is advertised as a safe and effective way to end an unplanned pregnancy.  So how does it work?  Are there any special considerations a woman should be aware of before using it?  Is the abortion pill the right choice for me? What is the Abortion pill? The “abortion pill” or RU486 is

My Home Test was Negative, but I’m sure I’m Pregnant

Although our patients usually have a pretty good idea about the outcome of their True Care pregnancy test (since they already took 10 at home), occasionally a woman will be shocked by the news our True Care nurses provide.  Sometimes a woman is certain she is pregnant, but the test comes out negative.  To understand what might

Alcohol and Pregnancy Don’t Mix

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) affect nearly 40,000 babies every year, according to experts. Today (Sept. 9) is FASD Awareness Day, and September is FASD Awareness Month, a time to educate and encourage pregnant women to not drink alcohol during pregnancy. What is FASD? This term refers to the range of effects that can occur in a