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Tip of the Week:

A word about stress

The year is winding down and most students find themselves stressed out about finals. The most common cause of stress for college students is procrastination. It is important to manage your time and avoid putting off studying and class work. Some signs of stress can be identified with problems eating or sleeping, being confused, always rushing ,and lack of motivation. This is especially true for the graduating senior who feels there is so much to do before graduation and so little time. Stress can also affect you more that just emotionally, it can have physical impacts on the body. Some physical signs of stress are frequent colds and infections, headaches, tense muscles, dizziness and shortness of breath.

If you find yourself to be a victim of academic stress, there are ways to cope. Some short-term ways for reducing stress is to relax and take a break. Sometimes getting away from the stressful situation allows you to de-stress and reorganize yourself. Another way to eliminate stress is to ask yourself if it is worth being upset. Are you putting unreasonable demands on yourself for a perfect grade or paper? These stressful situations over schoolwork can become less taxing, and you might decide to just get the work done to the best of your ability and stop procrastinating!

Question: I was super busy and forgot to take my birth control for four days and I got my period. I took the four pills I forgot and the one for today, and I think my period is going away. Is it alright that I did that? If this happens again, can I just take them all at once?

Answer: In the future, do not take them all at once. If you miss fewer than three pills, you can take two per day until they are made up. Otherwise, it is best to resume taking a pill every day until the end of a week and then to start a new pack on Sunday. It would be best to use a condom until your next period as a backup method should this situation occur again. If you are having trouble remembering to take your pills regularly, you may want to talk to your provider about other birth control options.

Question: If HPV is dormant, will it show up with a blood test? If you do have it and it is not yet cancerous (pre-cancer) is there a treatment to prevent it from becoming cancerous?

Answer: Currently, there is no blood test available to detect HPV in men or women. The strains of HPV linked to cancer are specific to cervical cancer, thus confined only to women. They can be detected through pap testing. If high risk strains of HPV are detected on a pap smear, procedures can be done to eliminate the infected tissue before a cancer develops.