Avail NYC—Supporting New Yorkers With an Unexpected Pregnancy & Beyond

Avail NYC—Supporting New Yorkers With an Unexpected Pregnancy & Beyond

Avail NYC is a pregnancy center that offers a variety of services for New Yorkers facing an unexpected pregnancy. Having a baby is a unique gift, but pregnancy doesn’t always occur at opportune times. Avail NYC understands this, which is why they are here to walk you through the process every step of the way.

Read on to learn more about Avail’s free, confidential services that support women and couples in NYC.

Verify the Pregnancy

It’s best to verify a surprise pregnancy with actual proof, leaving behind suspicion. Home tests and doctor visits can be expensive, which is why at Avail NYC, they offer free, self-administered pregnancy tests for women experiencing an unplanned or unexpected pregnancy. These are laboratory quality hCG urine marker tests for results in as little as three to five minutes. It’s much better to make plans for a concrete answer than to flounder around wondering if a pregnancy has actually occurred. That’s just a recipe for mounting anxiety. After your test, you will be welcome to talk with one of our client advocates about your options and making a confident decision about your future.

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Services That Support The Nine Month Process And Beyond

Avail NYC is here to support each woman and couple through the nine months of pregnancy and beyond. During this special time, Avail encourages you to get involved in free classes regarding infant and prenatal care, parenting tips, and education, and even just emotional support. Many women who are going through this process on their own, without the support of a loving partner or family, can feel pressured and alone. Avail NYC aims to support a woman through a healthy and successful pregnancy and beyond.

After-Abortion Support

Avail is a safe place for women who may be experiencing guilt and other negative mental and emotions that can follow an abortion. Their compassionate client advocates can walk you through this difficult time. There are even after-abortion support groups for like-minded women to have a place to share and glean support from others who are experiencing the same event in their lives.

Avail NYC offers free, self-administered pregnancy tests for New Yorkers who may be facing an unexpected pregnancy or who are looking to process unresolved emotions following an abortion. Contact us today to make an appointment with a client advocate or learn more about our free, confidential services.

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Avail NYC exists to be a safe haven for women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy or seeking support after an abortion. We are not a medical provider. 

4 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Relationship

4 Ways to Improve Communication In Your Relationship

Even the best relationships can hit occasional rough patches due to prolonged stress, depression, or just the pressures of everyday life. For those who may not have always had the healthiest relationship models during their formative years, fostering a sense of open, healthy communication might not come naturally.

Fortunately, implementing a few tried-and-true methods can help you when it comes to tackling difficult conversations or just avoiding a blow-up that seemingly comes out of nowhere. Read on for several communication techniques that can help you improve the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of your relationship.

Separate Reactions From Responses

During stressful times, it can be easy to project your frustrations from other situations onto a matter at hand, hurting your partner’s feelings in the process. By taking a deep breath before responding to a question or statement that has upset you and asking yourself whether you’re preparing to react (without thinking) or respond (to the question asked or statement made), you’ll be able to avoid knee-jerk reactions you may regret later.

Make a Request Instead Of a Complaint

The analogy of a nagging wife and her oblivious husband has been thoroughly exploited in pop culture for centuries. While stereotypical and occasionally even offensive, at the core lies one nugget of truth—a series of complaints without any corresponding request for action (or, better yet, a solution). The result? A complaint that likely falls on deaf ears.

Regardless of the gender dynamics at issue, if you’re planning to make a complaint about your partner’s behavior or actions, it’s best to include either a specific request or a proposed solution. The difference in reaction between “you can’t ever manage to put your clothes in the hamper!” and “could you please put your clothes in the hamper?” can often be a substantial one.

Take Time-Outs When Needed

Important conversations can be tense and involve a varying range of emotions. If you or your partner needs to pause the conversation to provide some breathing room or space to think before responding, it’s important for this need to be respected. Pressing someone to continue a conversation when they need some time can lead to strife and statements that may later be regretted.

On the other side of this coin, it’s respectful to get back to this conversation within a reasonable time frame. Using timeout as an excuse to push off difficult conversations or avoid making an important decision can be a breach of your partner’s trust.

Invest Time In Your Relationship

Even if you and your partner are unable to spend much time together on a daily basis due to work or school, it’s important to carve out at least a few minutes every day to focus on communicating (or just spending time) with each other. This means putting away phones, laptops, and other distractions and turning your entire focus to your partner, and expecting the same respect and attention in return.

At Avail NYC, we support healthy relationships. Learn more about the free services we offer, including support for New Yorkers facing an unexpected pregnancy or those seeking emotional support after an abortion. 

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How Waiting to Have Sex Can Be Good for Your Relationship

How Waiting to Have Sex Can Be Good for Your Relationship

As humans, it’s natural that we gravitate toward relationships in which we feel loved and accepted. We desire to feel the comfort of a close companion who can know us–and who we can know–intimately. However, a relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend does not have to include sexual activity in order to produce intimacy. Take some time to consider reasons why waiting to have sex with your partner can be good for your relationship, and actually, benefit it in the long run.

Your health

Health is probably the most obvious reason for remaining abstinent. Abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid unexpected difficulties. With sexual activity comes the risks of diseases, unwanted pregnancy, and possible life-long scars emotionally and physically. It is important for you to consider this while your mind is still clear, your emotions are not heightened, and before you are caught in the moment. Think long-term life changes that may occur that involves both you and your partner.

Emotional well-being

Emotional well-being often becomes overlooked. We do not think that making love is a negative thing, but if you are not ready emotionally and still decide to have sex, it might cause feelings of guilt, low self-image, disappointment, unrealistic expectations of your partner, and more. Make sure you are emotionally ready more than you are physically ready. If you are not ready, do not consent, even if you feel pressured. The right time will come, and you will know without a doubt you made the right decision.

Giving away a part of yourself

When you have sex with someone, you are giving them a part of yourself. It is not just about satisfying physical desire. Your sexual self is part of your identity. Thinking of sex as a gift and about whom to give it to makes it a special part of your relationship. It is not just based on the physical part of the relationship. Physical intimacy goes much deeper than that.

Finding the true path of love and acceptance

Often times, people have sex because they feel loved and accepted. This is not necessarily true 100% of the time. Love and acceptance come from other places too. Love comes from sharing your thoughts, emotions, and dreams with each other. It means being loved and accepted whether you are sexual or not. Love is unconditional.

Love and respect for yourself

Love and respect for yourself may increase when you decide to wait. You value your self-worth because it is not based on how sexually active you are, or how well you perform. You value your whole being: your mind, thoughts, dreams, feelings, and body. You have control of your body and look toward the future without worry of unwanted diseases or pregnancy. You are both worthy of the love and respect that you give and receive.

Physical intimacy is a natural and wonderful way to express your feelings with someone you care about. However, if you are considering waiting as means to love, empower, and protect yourself, you can contact Avail NYC for more information and support.

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