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Can I get an IUD being under 18, without parental knowledge? And if so what is the cost?

At Teen Clinic, we offer services for anyone of the ages 19 and under. This would include starting birth control. If someone is 17 and under, our services are donation based. This means a person would not be charged, but they can leave a donation if they want! If someone is 18 or 19, it is either donation based, or a small flat fee.

It is  important to know that 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.

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.  Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!

If someone wanted to start birth control, they would need to make an appointment to have a consultation with one of our providers. From there, they would discuss the different birth control options, and which method may be best for them.

If you want to make an appointment for an IUD you can give us a call at 303-442-5160

how do I know if I’m pregnant after a week goes by after sex?

The earliest that someone can take a pregnancy test is 14 days after the sexual contact.  At that time someone will get an accurate result.  If someone takes a pregnancy test before the 14 days, they may not get an accurate result and would want to take another test once it has been 14 days.

Someone can buy pregnancy tests over the counter. There is no age restriction and they are just as effective as long as it has been 14 days.

If, however, someone wants to make an appointment to take a pregnancy test or to discuss birth control or anything else they can give Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160.

What forms of birth control does the teen clinic provide? Are all methods provided free for someone who is 16?

At Teen clinic, we offer all forms of birth control. The only method we don’t stock at our clinic is The Patch (but we could send it to a pharmacy if needed).

If you would like to read over the different birth control methods you can click here

If someone has insurance or is on their parent’s insurance plan and feel comfortable using it, they can! But if someone does not feel comfortable, we also have a Teen Clinic sliding scale.

If you are 17 and under:

  • You can receive services at no cost or donation basis! Donations are encouraged if possible, so we can continue providing low cost services to our patients. 

If you are 18 or 19:

  • You can receive services at a donation basis or at a low-cost. Most services will slide down to $0, but some services will be $5-50 based on your income. Again, donations are encouraged if possible.

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

When is it safe to masturbate after being treated for chlamydia?

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vaginapenisanus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.

Someone can not reinfect themselves with chlamydia through masturbation. It is a good idea however to thoroughly wash sex toys, if any have been used.

The only way someone could reinfection themselves is if they did not wait the 7 days to have sexual contact with someone, or if they had sexual contact again with someone who still had the infection.

If you want to make an appointment with us give us a call at 303-442-5160

Is it possible to catch an std through saliva contact ?

STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs they are transmitted through..

  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact (or genital to genital contact)
  • Breast milk
  • Vaginal birth

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.

Fluids like saliva, urine, sweat, and tears can NOT transmit STIs

So, if you engage in any contact where an STI could be a risk, it would be a good idea to get tested.

If you want to make an appointment with us to get tested, you can call us at 303-442-5160

How long can the emergency contraceptive work for after unprotected sex?

Lets talk a little bit about emergency contraception.  

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.

People of all ages can get Emergency Contraception over-the-counter at most pharmacies. In Colorado there is no age restriction to buy Emergency Contraception. It is usually between $40-$60 at these locations.

Someone can walk into Teen Clinic and get Emergency Contraception as well. If someone has never been a patient with us they can get Emergency Contraception for $20. If someone has been a patient with us they can get Emergency Contraception for free.

If you want to make an appointment with us, give us a call at 303-442-5160

I’m pretty sure I have a yeast infection…

…but I’m too embarrassed to talk to anyone about it.  Is there any way that I can get treatment without telling my parents?

Yeast infections can occur (and can be common) for someone who has a vagina. Yeast infections are NOT considered an STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection). But what is a yeast infection? Yeast is a natural part of the vaginal flora, existing in balance with different types of bacteria. Sometimes yeast can overgrow—this is what we call a yeast infection. Yeast overgrowth can occur for many reasons, including illness, recent antibiotic use, poor vaginal hygiene, or eating too much sugar. Symptoms of a yeast infection can include itching, burning, bleeding after intercourse, and an increase in white, clumpy discharge.

If you think you have a yeast infection, the best thing to do would be to see a medial provider. This way, they can make sure it is a yeast infection and give you treatment to make it go away.

At Teen Clinic, we are totally confidential. If you choose to, you can come in on your own and your information will not be shared with anyone else.

If you would like to make an appointment,  call our clinic at 303-442-5160! We are here for you!

My boyfriend and I have had sex for about a year (and have been together for a year). I have had unprotected sex with four other partners in the past…

…My boyfriend has been tested for STDs and doesn’t have any. Can I have the possibility of having one or no since he’s clean?

STIs can be a very real risk for people if they are engaging in certain types of sexual contact. It’s good to know that when it comes to STIs they are transmitted through..

  • Sexual Fluids (Semen and Vaginal fluids)
  • Skin to skin contact (or genital to genital contact)
  • Breast milk
  • Vaginal birth

In order for someone to contract an STI, they would need to engage in sexual activity with a person who already has an STI in which one or more of these modes would come into play.

So, if you engage in any contact where an STI could be a risk, it would be a good idea to get tested.

It’s good that your boyfriend got tested, but it would be a good idea to get tested as well.

If both of you don’t have any STIs, and are not having sexual contact with other people, STIs would not be a risk.

Using condoms and/or dental dams can help reduce the risk of STIs.

If you want to make an appointment with us to get tested, you can call us at 303-442-5160

I have the implant and I was wondering if the odds of me getting pregnant increase if my boyfriend finishes in me every time?

It takes the Nexplanon (and all hormonal forms of birth control) 1 week to become effective.  It is recommended to use a backup method during this week (like condoms or abstinence). After someone has had the Nexplanon for 1 week, it protects against pregnancy up to 99% for 3 years, even if ejaculation in the vagina occurs.

Remember, hormonal forms of birth control like the Nexplanon do not reduce the risk of STIs, only condoms and dental dams can do this.

If you want to make an appointment with us, you can give us a call at 303-442-5610

I got my Depo 5 days before my normal period and 6 days after Depo injection I had an unprotected sex…

…On top of that my period changed or is 5 days late…should I be worried? Am I pregnant?

If this was your very first Depo shot, it takes a full 7 days for the shot to become effective. So if you had unprotected sex before those 7 days there could be a risk of pregnancy.

If this is the case, we would recommend taking an Emergency Contraction.
 which can be taken up to 5 days after and is more effective the sooner it is taken. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation- when the egg is released from the ovary.

We would also recommend taking a pregnancy test. The earliest you can take a pregnancy test is 14 days after the sexual contact. You can trust the result at that time.

The most common side effect of the Depo Shot is a change in period.  After the first few shots, many people experience lighter periods, or no periods at all! This is perfectly medically okay. This happens because the hormones cause the uterine lining to thin out, which can cause a change in a person’s bleeding.

Remember, the Depo Shot does not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams can do this.

If you have more questions or want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic give us a call at 303-442-5160