WeARE The Clinic was founded to help address the lack of reproductive healthcare services for youth, young adults, and the marginalized in the Brainerd Lakes Area. The Clinic offers confidential reproductive healthcare services, education, and community outreach. No person will be denied needed services based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or the ability to pay.
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Combination birth control pills are a daily medication that contains 2 hormones (estrogen and progestin) to prevent pregnancy.
The implant is a very small rod inserted under the skin of a woman’s upper arm to provide birth control. It’s invisible and prevents pregnancy for up to four years.
The patch is a thin, beige piece of plastic that looks like a square bandage. It’s easy to use and works like the pill, but you only need to change your patch once a week.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a little, t-shaped piece of plastic inserted into the uterus to provide birth control using the hormone progestin. It lasts from 3-6 years.
The shot is an injection of the hormone progestin that provides birth control for 3 months. It can be administered by a healthcare professional.
The ring is a small, flexible piece of plastic that’s inserted into the vagina to provide birth control. It works like the pill, but only needs to be inserted once a month.
A condom is a thin covering worn on the penis during sex. Condoms are the only method of birth control that prevents STIs.
A female (or internal) condom is a pouch that’s inserted in the vagina or anus before sex for birth control and protection against STIs.
STI Testing & Treatment
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Human Papillomavirus Virus (HPV)
One of the most common STIs, and the only one with a vaccine. An infection that can cause cancers and/or warts.
Many who have chlamydia don’t develop symptoms, but are still contagious. Symptoms may include genital pain and discharge from the vagina or penis.
Symptoms include painful urination and abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina. Men may experience testicular pain & women may experience abdomen pain.
Pain, itching, and small sores appear first. They form ulcers and scabs. After initial infection, genital herpes lies dormant, & symptoms can recur for years.
Flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, and fatigue can occur. Then the disease is usually asymptomatic until it progresses to AIDS.
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During a physical, we’ll take a full medical history and examine your body for signs of disease. We can provide this for work, school, or just because you’re due for one.
You can come meet with a healthcare professional at any time at no cost. We also have many printed resources you can take with you to help you learn about your body.
We can provide you with free, safe, and confidential pregnancy testing, and provide you with printed materials for area resources.
Breast exams can detect a lump in your breast and other changes that might require more testing. Breast exams are one of the most important early breast cancer screenings.