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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

I had sex for the first time but I’m terrified of getting pregnant…..

….. I used protection and everything but I’m still terrified of that chance. How long should I wait to take a pregnancy test?

Great question!

When used correctly, condoms can reduce the risk of pregnancy (and STIs!) up to 98%. You can read about all the ways to use a condom correctly here.

It is also encouraged to a use a form of birth control to help reduce the risk of pregnancy. If you are not currently on a form of birth control you can look at the different options here.

The earliest that someone can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result is 14 days after the sexual contact.

If you want to make an appointment with us to talk about or start a form of birth control you can give Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160

Do I need my parent’s permission to get on birth control?

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

I got the Depo injection 5 days before my normal period…..

……I had unprotected sex on top of that. My period is five days late should I be worried? am I pregnant?

Once someone has had a hormonal form of birth control (like the Depo shot)  for 1 week it can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% (even if ejaculation occurs in the vagina).  It takes a full week for the hormones to be integrated into the body and start working.

In order for the Depo Shot to be effective, a person needs to get the shot every 3 months.

So if you waited a full 7 days before you had unprotected sex, there would be protection. If you had sex on the 7th day or before, there would be a risk of pregnancy. In that situation Emergency Contraception is an option, 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.

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

Hi, I’ve had the Nexplanon for 7 months…

…My boyfriend and I are sexually active. We want to “go” allll the way. But we’re un sure if this will end up with me pregnant. Will it?

Thanks for asking this!

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’m a girl and when I masturbate and have an orgasm there is a clear liquid that shoots out of my vagina. is this normal?

The vagina is an organ that is considered self cleaning. This means that is produces and releases fluids. These fluids can help clean out the reproductive system and keep the vagina healthy. When these fluids change for any reason (like the odor, color, consistency, or amount) this can be a sign an infection is present.

In addition to this, vaginas are self lubricating. So, when someone is aroused or “turned on” or if they have an orgasm, it is very common for the vagina to release and produce fluids. Some people may not have very much fluid, and some people may have a lot!

So while we cant say for sure what is going on, it sounds like this fluid is a normal part of the vagina.

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