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A quick reminder about how to text us!

For questions that are more specific to your personal situation, we often suggest that you text us instead. It’s super easy: grab your phone, compose a new text message to the number 66746 (as if it were a contact in your phone) and start the message with ToTC. Then write whatever question you have and hit send!

I’m a girl and me and my girlfriend have plans to do stuff but I’m scared I don’t know where to but things as it will be my first time and I’m scared as my vagina has a long flap and it look weired and not normal and it doesn’t like tuck in it’s hard to explain

Thanks for getting in touch! This is an example of the type of question that would be better answered on our text line. Just enter 66746 as if it were a contact in your phone, start your text with ToTC and then write your question!

My partner and I just got diagnosed with Chlamydia, I been loyal to our relationship and she says the same thing, however there was a couple of times we had unprotected anal and vaginal sex within the same night, could this possibly be the source of the bacteria? Switching from anal to vaginal during intercourse?

Chlamydia can’t be transmitted by switching between vaginal and anal sex, although other infections can, so make sure you’re rinsing off in between and that both of you urinate after sex.

Chlamydia can take up to three months to show up in your system, so depending on your relationship history, one possibility is that one of you got it several months ago (perhaps from a previous partner) but it didn’t show up on STI test until now. Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner.

I had unprotected sex with a partner and the next day had itchy and swollen vulva then it went away in 2 days, what was it?

An itchy and swollen vulva can happen for many different reasons, so we can’t give you a definitive answer. Sometimes your body has a reaction similar to an allergic reaction when you have sex with a new partner because that person’s bacteria, yeast, pH, and other factors are different from your own. You may also have had a mild yeast infection, which generally causes itching and some swelling. Yeast infections can go away on their own, but sometimes you do need medicine to fully get rid of them.

If you had unprotected sex, we strongly encourage you to get tested for STIs. In general, it’s best to wait a few months before getting tested, since many of the most common STIs take an average of 3 months to show up in your system. If you get tested immediately after having unprotected sex, it’s possible the test results won’t be accurate. Remember that you can get tested for FREE at Teen Clinic, and it’s totally confidential.

So I had sex last night and my boyfriend put his cum on my vagina and in. can i get pregnant??

Yes. If you did not use any protection, such as a condom or a hormonal form of birth control like the pill or an implant, then your chances are much higher. If that’s the case, we recommend getting a form of emergency contraception like Plan B. Plan B is one pill that works by stopping ovulation from happening (when your ovaries release an egg) so it reduces the likelihood of getting pregnant. The thing is, you have to take Plan B as soon as possible after unprotected sex; it becomes less effective the longer you wait. You can find Plan B at most grocery stores and pharmacies like Walgreens, usually where you find condoms. It is pretty expensive (around $45) but you can also walk into Teen Clinic and buy it at a discounted price.

why are the sides of my testicles itchy, and what should I do

Itchy testicles can be caused by a few things. One of the most common causes is a fungal infection, which generally presents as a reddish rash. It could also be a result of chafing, using new soaps or detergents that you might be reacting to, or some STIs. Make sure to keep your genital area clean but don’t use any harsh soaps. If a rash appears or the itching is intense and continues for several days, we recommend making an appointment so a medical provider can check you out.

Hello!!! I have a question, I was on depovera for 2-3 injections in 2018. Then never went back for injections because i stopped having sex for a while. I am hanging out with my boyfriend (long distance) in a few weeks. I got my shot May 5th. I was not on my period & haven’t gotten my period since. I plan on not having sex for a few more weeks & if i do will be with condom. But, my doctor said because i was on Depo before & going back on it, that it will take 3 months to be 99% effective, basically until i get my next shot. Will i get pregnant if i dont use a condom even though i’m on the shot?

The Depo Provera shot takes 1 week to become effective, so if you got your most recent shot on May 5th, on May 12 it would be fully effective. If you see your boyfriend in a few weeks and have sex without a condom, you’ll be approximately 99% protected from getting pregnant. The most important thing to remember about the shot is that you have to go back in 3 months to get your next one! Finally, remember that the shot does not protect against STIs; make sure to use condoms if there’s any concern about STI transmission.

Can you get an iud as a minor without parental consent?

Yes! You can get an IUD for no cost if you’re 17 or younger, and it’s totally confidential. Your parents do not need to consent, but we do encourage everyone to seek out a trusted adult that they can ask about sexual health and other sensitive topics. If you’re 18 or 19, the IUD isn’t free but is still very cheap. Feel free to call us to set up an appointment and talk to a provider about the IUD option that works best for you.

What are 4 bodily fluids that do not spread STIs?

Bodily fluids that do NOT spread STIs include sweat, tears, urine, and saliva. STIs CAN be transmitted through blood, ejaculate, pre-ejaculate, and vaginal fluids.

I had the implant put in three months ago, for about two and a half months I’ve been bleeding everyday. For the first time last night my boyfriend came inside of me, I’m worried that the bleeding might lessen the effectiveness of the implant?

One of the most common side effects of the Nexplanon, or arm implant, is irregular bleeding for the first 3-6 months. This does NOT mean the implant isn’t working, it just means your body is getting used to the new hormones. You’re over 99% protected from pregnancy if you have the Nexplanon, even if your boyfriend came inside you. Remember that the implant does not protect against STIs!