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Which IUD do you have available for teens? The question relates to the amount of hormone in the IUD. Is it possible to get Kyleena at your clinic?

The two IUDs we have available for teens are Mirena and Kyleena. Kyleena is a slightly smaller IUD and contains fewer hormones than Mirena. However, smaller IUDs can sometimes cause more breakthrough bleeding (spotting between menstrual periods) than the larger ones. Both Kyleena and Mirena are great options for teens. With both these IUDs, your period may become shorter and/or lighter. Some people will eventually stop getting their periods at all. We encourage you to make an appointment to further discuss your options with a medical provider!

I’m a teen. I’m scared I may be pregnant. I can’t tell anyone in my family and I don’t know what to do. Please help me.

We’re sorry to hear this is causing you so much stress. The only way to know for sure whether you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can get these tests at most grocery stores and pharmacies, and they have to be done at least 14 days after unprotected sex in order to be accurate. If you find out you are indeed pregnant, you have options. In that case, we would encourage you to call our clinic to discuss your options with a medical provider.

If I got tested for STDs would HPV show up?

It depends! HPV is tricky because it can only be tested in females; there is no test for males. Females can be tested for HPV through something called a pap smear, which is a swab of the cervix. A doctor or nurse uses a small brush to gently take some cells from your cervix. The cells are sent to a lab to be tested, and that’s where HPV would show up if you had it. Women normally start having pap smears around age 21, and usually every three years after that. If you are concerned about HPV, feel free to make an appointment to discuss your options with one of our providers.

My friend is 14 years old and she sent her crush an image of her body on Snapchat, it was in the dark and her private part was covered with her leg and her chest was covered with her arm but our friend told her it was illegal and it’s on the internet for ever and now she feels really scared and bad. She definitely doesn’t want to tell an adult but I don’t know what she should do because she keeps telling me she just feels guilty and nervous… please help us out

We’re sorry that you and your friend feel scared about this, and your question is an important one. You have to be very careful about sharing sexually explicit images and/or texts (“sexting”). Each state has its own laws about sexting. In Colorado, the law depends greatly on whether the text/image sent was consensual (in other words, whether both the sender and receiver agreed to the sext being sent). If your friend’s crush is 14 or younger and he didn’t consent to the picture being sent (and he chooses to report it), the image your friend sent could technically be classified as a “civil infraction”. This is the lowest tier offence and could be dismissed without any action required. If you’d like to know more, this website has detailed information about the different levels of offense when it comes to sexting.

do you do abortions

Yes, abortions are provided by licensed, experienced, specially trained physicians. Follow-up exams are performed by nurse practitioners. We also offer counseling services that are confidential, non-judgmental, respectful and empowering. Colorado law requires that if you are under 18 years old, you must notify your parents of your intent to have an abortion, unless you are living apart from your parents and supporting yourself. If you have more questions about abortion, please call us at 303-442-5160 or visit our website: https://www.boulderwomenshealth.org/services/abortion-care

Me and my partner had unprotected sex the day before she was supposed to have a implant removed. Is there a possibility of getting pregnant after taken out and how long does it take for fertility to return. Not looking for a kid right now.

Yes, there would be a possibility of getting pregnant after having the implant removed, if there was sex without a condom the day before.  That’s because the implant doesn’t always prevent ovulation.  And, sperm can live for at least 2-3 days in a woman’s body, some say longer.  So, if your partner had just ovulated, or did within a few days of the removal, and your sperm lived a few days, then yes, that could result in pregnancy once the implant was removed.

As far as return to fertility, it can be nearly immediate.  If an implant is removed and pregnancy is not desired, the couple immediately needs to be using another method.

I’m a 13 year old boy and a couple of days ago when I urinated it came out 2 streams one strong and one weak but then casually went back to normal. This also happened around 3 years ago. I’m wondering if anything is wrong with me.

Thanks for reaching out to us.  This does not necessarily sound very abnormal, but this is not within our scope of practice.  It would be best for you to contact your primary care provider about this question. 

I just got on the implant a little over a week ago. They inserted it on my third day of my cycle… today I had sex and he came in me, now I’m bleeding.. the doctor said if inserted while on certain days of your cycle, you are protected immediately. Is this true?

Yes, if the implant is inserted within 5 days of the first day of your menstrual cycle, you are immediately protected from getting pregnant.  Of course, it doesn’t protect you against sexually transmitted infections, so a condom is still recommended. 

I’m a female, 13 almost 14 years old. The first time I got my period was Easter Sunday 2019 and I was relieved because I was starting to worry I never would and it was a normal period lasting 7 days. But I haven’t had it since and I don’t want to tell my mum. What could be wrong?

It is absolutely within the normal variation to have your first period at 13 (even going on 14).  It is also very normal to have quite irregular periods in the first year or so.  However, it is now about 4 months since your first period, and that is a bit unusual – I would say if you had periods every 2 or 3 months for the first year it would be more “normal.”  You could certainly wait another 1-2 months to see if you get another period, or you could make an appointment now to see a nurse practitioner or doctor.  It is possible that you have something going on, likely not serious, that is causing this variation in your periods. 

I have had my implant for nine days today and my boyfriend wants to ejaculate in me at some point…

…Is it safe after nine days? or should I wait longer? Some people have said six weeks but mainly I’m reading seven days. Can I get pregnant on the 9th day?

It is important to know that once someone has had the Nexplanon for a full week, they are 99% protected from pregnancy even if ejaculation in the vagina occurs. Remember, the Nexplanon does not protect against STIs. Only condoms and/or dental dams can do this.

So since you have had it for 9 days, it is now 99% effective for three years!

If you would like to make an appointment with Teen Clinic, you can give us a call at 303-442-5160