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If my boyfriend and I had unprotected sex, but he pulled out far before he could ejaculate can you still get pregnant? I have used a period tracker and it says I’m not fertile but I am still stressing out.

 

Pregnancy depends on ovulation- the process in which an egg is released. Ovulation can happen at any time during someone’s period, making pregnancy possible at different times during their cycle.

Unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

With that being said, it’s important to say that pregnancy is possible whenever semen comes in contact with the vagina. If you are having unprotected sex, there is a risk for pregnancy. So even if your partner didn’t ejaculate inside of your vagina, pre-ejaculate could still be present. Pre-ejaculate is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation. Although pre-ejaculate does not contain sperm when it is produced, it can pick up leftover sperm in the urethra. This means that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy.

You can take a pregnancy test 14 days after your most recent sexual contact to get an accurate result. Teen Clinic offers pregnancy tests for free or at a low-cost. Call us to make an appointment to get a pregnancy test. at 303-442-5160

So the pill is effective after one week after starting to take it for the first time, or each month?

Great question!

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the pill) they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective. After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 92-99% when taken correctly, but it still a good idea to use condoms to protect against STIs. But keep in mind that your birth control is only going to be effective if you’re taking it correctly.  If you are on the pill, you need to remember to take it at the same time, every day.

One of our condoms broke and now my period is late…

…I’m on the pill and I take it on time every day. Its only late by 2 days right now though…. I took a pee test yesterday and it was negative but I’m still worried. There are also a lot of stressors in my life right now. Could that affect it?

If you are on the birth control pill and you are taking it correctly, meaning you are taking it every day at the same time, you are 92-99% protected from pregnancy.

With that being said, someone’s period can actually fluctuate based on what’s going on in their life.  This means that stresssicknesschange in physical activity, or even worrying about why you’re not getting your period can make a period act differently.

While sometimes menstruation happens on the traditional 28-day cycle, plenty do not.  It’s possible that you may have had an annovulatory cycle (that you did not release an egg this month).  A missed ovulation can translate to a missed or irregular period. While this can be healthy and normal, make an appointment if you find yourself worrying about your period.

If you take a pregnancy test 14 days after your most recent sexual activity, you can trust the result. After 14 days, the pregnancy test would be able to detect a pregnancy. Our Teen Clinic practitioners can offer tips and strategies for regulating the period, and they’ll make sure you’re healthy.  Call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment.

What are the risks of giving oral? What are some signs and symptoms of having an infection?

Many people believe that because oral sex isn’t vaginal penetration, there is little to no risk. But the fact is, you can get all STIs, (except for pubic lice and Trichomoniasis) when engaging in oral sex with someone who has the infection. There are four ways in which someone can contract an STI. They are…

  • Blood
  • Skin to skin contact
  • Sexual fluids (vaginal fluids and semen)
  • Mother to child

When someone is engaging in oral sex, they can come into contact with someone’s blood, sexual fluids, and/or skin. But the good news is that there are ways to prevent STI transmission from happening! Using a condom for oral sex on a penis will help drastically reduce your risk of transmitting an STI.  If oral sex is being performed on the vagina or anus, a dental dam can be used to help reduce your risk also! You can pick up free condoms and dental dams at Teen Clinic!

It is important to know that even though you can get an STI from oral sex, a lot of the time STIs don’t show symptoms.  The only way to know for someone to know for sure if they have an STI is to get tested. Teen Clinic offers many different types of STI tests, including blood tests and urine tests. If you have any more questions about STIs or the Teen Clinic call us at 303-442-5160.

I’m 15 years old and my boyfriend and I had sex. We’re deciding that we might continue to have sex…

…but I’m afraid of getting pregnant. Do I need a parent to come with me to get an appointment?

This is a great question!

If you are having the type of sex where pregnancy is possible and you don’t want a pregnancy to happen, it’s a great idea to get on a birth control method. Teen Clinic offers a variety of different birth control methods. Click here to see a list of what we offer.

To answer your question, in the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.

With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or an aunt or uncle. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required.

Call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or ask any additional questions!

Is it normal to have a 2-4 day period after taking Plan B?

One of the most common side effects of taking Plan B (or emergency contraception) is some sort of bleeding. Because Plan B contains such a large dose of hormones, a certain amount of bleeding is expected. For some people, they might have a full period, light spotting, or anything in between.

While this can be normal, call your doctor to find out for sure. They will be able to answer any questions you may have about the medication.

I recently had sex and we are not 100% sure if the condom broke or not…

…I’m too scared to go to the store and get a pregnancy test. What should I do?

Going to the store to get a pregnancy test can be intimating, so it is okay that you feel that way! It’s also important to know though that the only way to know if you’re pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.

If you had sex within the last 5 days, you have the option of using emergency contraception.

Plan B, also known as emergency contraception, is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation in the hopes of preventing pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.

Plan B or emergency contraception is not meant to be someone’s primary form of birth control. Click here to see a list of other hormonal birth control methods that can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

If it has been longer than 5 days since you had sex, or if you just want to use a consistent form of birth control,  you also have the option of seeing a medical professional to talk about the Paragard IUD. The Paragard is a reliable method of birth control that can be used for up to 10 years, and can sometimes be used as a form of emergency contraception.

If you would just like to know if you are pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex. At that time, you will get an accurate result.

You can definitely take an at-home test, or you can come in to Teen Clinic and have a test run there. All services at Teen Clinic are free or low-cost and are completely confidential. Give us a call if you have questions or want to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

I recently started using the Nuvaring. I waited 5 days to have sex…

…and my partner ejaculated inside me. Do I have a high chance of being pregnant?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Nuvaring), it takes 1 week for the hormones to be integrated enough into the body to start preventing pregnancy.

Once the Nuvaring is at full effectiveness, it is preventing pregnancy by up to 99%. But in order for the ring to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re on time in changing it every month.

Because this was the first time you’d used the ring and you had unprotected sex 5 days into the week, you were not protected from pregnancy during the first week and are at risk of pregnancy.   You have the option of taking Plan B (emergency contraception) for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It’s important to note though that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it will be.

But the only way you will know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex and at that time you will get an accurate result.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with a provider.

 

I’m under 18 and wanted to know if I came in for a birth control evaluation and got on birth control…

…can I pay out of pocket so that it could stay anonymous to my parents?

First off, great job taking control of your sexual health! It can be uncomfortable and difficult for someone to seek medical attention regarding their sexual health.

To answer your question, in the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.

With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or an aunt or uncle. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need.

If you have insurance, you can choose to use it, but using insurance is not required at the Teen Clinic.

If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! Once you are 18 or 19, Teen Clinic will base the cost of your visit on your income or however you are supporting yourself financially. With that being said, many teens’ services will still be free. For others, there may be a small flat cost for your services. This means that if you come in for an STI test and end up starting birth control too, you’ll still only pay the initial co-pay talked about at the beginning of the visit; no hidden charges!  The prices in Teen Clinic are discounted versions of what you might pay at our Family Planning clinic.

Call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or ask any additional questions!

My boyfriend and I are going to have sex for the first time soon. We’re both virgins…

…and I’m on the pill. We don’t plan on using a condom, since I am on birth control, but I would still like to know the chances of pregnancy if he ejaculates inside me.

Great question!

The birth control pill is 92-99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy if it’s taken correctly. So if you are taking it at the same time every day and you’re not missing any pills, pregnancy will be unlikely. But remember that the only way to prevent pregnancy 100%,  is to practice abstinence.

So even if your boyfriend ejaculates inside of you and you’re using the pill, you’ll  be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. Remember though that if you miss a pill or don’t take them at the same time every day, they will not be very effective.

And it’s important to note that the birth control pill does not protect against STIs (sexually transmitted infections). Using a barrier method, like a condom, is a good way to reduce the risk of STI transmission while on a hormonal method like the pill.