Author Archive for Rose Leaven

I’m having trouble figuring out if I have Trichomoniasis. Can you help?

Thank you for asking!

Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted parasitic infection of the vagina or penis. It is spread through vaginal fluids or semen.

Symptoms can be more noticeable in the vagina than the penis, but both are at risk for contracting and transmitting the infection. Symptoms include a green, frothy discharge with a fishy odor coming from the penis or vagina.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have the infection is to get tested.  Remember it is a curable infection. So if someone were to test positive, they can take medication to get rid of the parasite.

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

 

 

Is it possible to tell you are pregnant after 2 days?

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.

If you want to make an appointment to take a pregnancy test or to discuss birth control or anything else you can give Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160.

I don’t know much about the pill and want to learn as much as I can before I ask for it. Please help me.

Good question!

We can give you some general information about the pill.

The pill is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

The pill is swallowed every day at the same time. Each pill only has 24 hours worth of hormonal protection, so it’s important to take each pill at the same time each day.

With typical use the pill is 92% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the pill can be up to 99.7% effective. The pill does not prevent against any STIs!

It requires a prescription from a medical provider. There are many types of the pill so it’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure you are getting the right pill for your body.

If you want to make an appointment with us to go over the pill, and figure out which one may be best for you, you can call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment!

If I have head lice can it travel to my vaginal hair?…..

 …..If so should I shave the hair so it doesn’t?

Great question!

Pubic Lice are parasites that can be sexually transmitted. Pubic Lice are transmitted through direct skin to skin contact. Pubic Lice are only found on the genital area, but can be transmitted through indirect skin contact by sharing wet, used towels or loofa sponges. Using a condom during sexual contact can reduce the chance of transmission.

It is important to know that head lice and pubic lice are different. While they are both types of lice, they want to live and stay in their respective areas.

Head lice will only live and stay in the head hair follicle, and pubic lice want to stay in the pubic hair follicle. So, these different types of lice will not travel or transmit to the other part of the body.

Pubic Lice are cured with medicated  shampoo.  Shaving or waxing will NOT cure pubic lice. Because the lice live in the hair follicles, even if the hair is removed the lice can continue to live.

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

Is Genital Warts considered Hepatitis B?

Thanks for asking! Lets clear some things up.

Genital Warts and Hepatitis B are actually two different types of Sexually Transmitted Infections. 

Genital Warts is caused by an STI called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).  HPV is a viral STI that is transmitted through skin to skin contact. HPV can cause Genital Warts (low risk strains) or can lead to cancer (high risk strains) in the genital, anal, or throat area. There is a vaccine for HPV that protects against  strains that cause most genital warts and cervical cancers, as well as other cancers.

Hepatitis B is a different viral STI. The Hepatitis B Virus affects liver health.  There are different types of Hepatitis. There are Hepatitis A, B, and C.  Hepatitis B is the only one that is considered an STI. Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood, semen, and vaginal fluids. Hepatitis B is not curable but it is treatable.  Treatment for Hepatitis B varies on case and severity.  However,  Hepatitis B has a vaccine to prevent the virus – most people in the USA receive the vaccine as infants.

Hopefully that clears up some information for you! Remember, using condoms and dental dams during sexual contact can help people reduce their risk of transmission.

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

 

What does it mean to have a white discharge with no odor?

Great question!

It’s important to say that Vaginas and penis‘ are self-cleaning organs. Much like earwax and tears are parts of the normal functioning of the ear and eye, people secrete discharge, which is the body’s natural way of cleaning

While everyone’s bodies are different, a certain amount of discharge and odor can be completely normal! Knowing what is normal for your body will help you to know when something is abnormal.

If you noticed a change in discharge (color, odor, consistency, or amount) this could be a sign of an infection.  If this is the case, seeing a medical provider would be a good idea to determine what is going on.

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

If I had vaginal intercourse with a flavored condom, does it protect the same as others?

Flavored condoms are intended to be used for oral sex on a penis. Some people like that they are flavored because they think flavored condoms taste better than unflavored condoms. This is a complete personal preference. Flavored condoms should not be used for vaginal sex.  This is because there are sugars in the flavoring and when they get inside of the vagina it can cause infections like a yeast infection.

So while the condom helped reduce the risk of pregnancy, in the future it’s important to know not to use flavored condoms during vaginal intercourse to avoid infections.

The only way someone can know if pregnancy occurred is to take a test at least 14 days after the sexual contact and they can trust the result then. It would also be a good idea to think about starting a form of birth control to help reduce the risk of pregnancy.

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

I’ve been on the pill for 2 weeks. If my boyfriends “cums ” inside me is there a possibility or any risk of myself becoming pregnant?

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 99% (even if ejaculation occurs in the vagina) when taken correctly. In order for The pill to be effective, a person needs to take the pill every day at the same time.

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

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

I was wondering if I can legally get birth control without my parents knowing…

……The reason I don’t want my mom to know is because she would probably disown me if she found out anything about me and sex.

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 at Teen Clinic give us a call at 303-442-5160

Is it normal to not have periods while on birth control?

Great question!

It really depends on the form of birth control.

Sometimes when a person first starts birth control, their periods can change or be irregular while their body gets used to the new hormones.  This will vary for different bodies, but can last for awhile.

Some forms of birth control thin the lining of the uterus/stop the uterine lining from building up. This, in turn, can stop someone’s period completely.  This is medically healthy and okay for this to happen, but only for certain types of birth control methods

If you are concerned about your period and what to discuss it with a provider, you can give us a call at 303-442-5160.