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Am I supposed shave my pubes? I’m a 15 year old male

Everyone has pubic hair. People usually start to notice pubic hair around puberty. Pubic hair is a completely normal part of growing up.

Choosing whether or not to shave your genitals is a very personal decision.  Some people shave because they find it more attractive; some people don’t shave because they find having hair more attractive. Some people shave because they find it more pleasurable; some people don’t shave because they find it more pleasurable!  In the end, your decision will come down to what you prefer–it’s your body!

Medically, either decision can be safe, and there isn’t really a right or wrong way for someone to shave their genitals.  Keep in mind that small cuts in the genital area make it easier for sexually transmitted infections to spread. If you do shave and happen to cut yourself, and you are sexually active, make sure you know whether or not your partner has STIs  and avoid intercourse until the cuts have healed. It is also a good idea to use condoms and/or dental dams during sexual contact to reduce the risk of STIs. Those who shave may experience itching when the hair begins to grow back in. They may also experience ingrown hairs, which is when a hair grows backward into the skin, causing inflammation and irritation.  However, plenty of healthy and happy people remove the hair from their genitals.

In the end, the choice is yours!

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

I got my Depo shot two weeks ago and had unprotected sex with my boyfriend yesterday …

….and he did not pull out. Is there any chance I can be pregnant? I heard that after a week  the Depo is in full effect and you are protected against pregnancy?

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 the sexual contact happened after that first initial week, you would’ve been protected up to 99%.

Remember, the Depo Shot does not protect against STIs, only condoms and dental dams can.

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

Is there a way you can tell if a woman has 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.

Most of the time, people do not experience symptoms with Chlamydia.

If someone does have symptoms (but they wont always) they could include:

  • Painful urination
  • Pelvic pain
  • Change in discharge (this could mean change in color, odor, consistency, or amount)
  • Bleeding during intercourse

The only way someone can know for sure if they have Chlamydia is to get tested.  Chlamydia is most commonly tested through urine.

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

How long after getting an IUD do I have to wait to start having sex again?

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively reduce the risk of pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & Non hormonal.

The Hormonal IUD works by releasing hormones to thicken the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99%effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3 or 5 years! Non Hormonal IUDs are made of copper which makes it hard for sperm to survive. The Non Hormonal IUD contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years.

The Non Hormonal IUD is effective right away, however, all hormonal forms of birth control (including the Hormonal IUD) take 1 week before they become effective.  During this 1 week a person should use a backup method like abstinence or condoms.

Remember, IUDs do not reduce the risk of STIs. Only condoms and dental dams reduce the risk of STIs.

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

I was wondering if I can get my Nexplanon removed here ?

Yes! Someone can have their Nexplanon removed at Teen Clinic.

It is recommend that someone refrains from unprotected sex 5 days before their appointment. If there was unprotected sex during those 5 days there could be a risk of pregnancy once the Nexplanon is removed.

At Teen Clinic,

If you are 17 and under:

  • You can receive services on a donation basis! This means you will not be charged for your services, and donations are greatly appreciated, but not required.

If you are 18 or 19:

  • You can receive services for on a donation basis or for a low cost.

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

How much is Plan B pills at the Teen Clinic ?

In the state of Colorado there isn’t an age restriction to buy  Emergency Contraception over the counter.  In some places, Emergency contraception may be between $40-$50.

Teen Clinic also offers it as well. If someone wants to get Emergency Contraception at Teen Clinic they have a couple of options.  They can get it for free if they have already been a patient. In order to be a patient at Teen Clinic someone needs to make an appointment to see a medical provider.

If someone has never been a patient (and maybe doesn’t want to) they can get Emergency contraception for $20.

Feel free to stop by our Teen Clinic, or give us a call to make an appointment at 303-442-5160

I had missed my Depo Shot and started my period….

…..And me and my boyfriend decided to have sex. He came in me 3 times and after that I got the Depo Shot. Is there a chance I may be 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.

If you were due for your Depo Shot, and never received it, and then had unprotected sex there would be a risk of pregnancy. If you received another shot, you would need to wait a full 7 days for it to become effective again.

You can take Emergency Contraception which can be taken up to 5 days after the sexual contact but it is more effective the sooner it is taken. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation.

We would then recommend taking a pregnancy test. The earliest you can take a pregnancy test is 14 days after the sexual contact to get an accurate result.

Remember, the Depo Shot does not protect against STIs, only condoms and dental dams can.

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

How can you tell if you or someone has herpes?

This is a great question! Lets talk a little bit about Herpes!

There are two different types of Herpes, Herpes Simplex Virus I & II.  Type I presents itself as cold sores on the the mouth so it is not considered an STI unless it’s transmitted through unprotected oral sex (mouth to genital contact).

Type II is usually called “Genital Herpes” because it presents itself as open sores on the genitals, and is transmitted through unprotected sexual skin to skin contact.

The only way someone can know for sure if they have Herpes is to have a provider take a swab of an active sore. So if someone begins to experience any symptoms (sores or blisters on either the genitals or the mouth) they should see a provider so they can test for it.

It is important to remember to use barrier methods like condoms or dental dams during sexual contact to reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

My period hasn’t come in over a month…

… Could it be possible that Plan B  delayed it or am I pregnant?

One of the most common side effects of taking emergency contraception is a change in a period.  Because it contains a large dose of hormones, it can disrupt someone’s cycle.  For some people, it may jump start a full period, or light spotting, or it may delay someone’s period. This can potentially happen for a couple of cycles. It’s not harmful to the body, its just a side effect.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the sexual contact happened. You can get an accurate result then.

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

Are abortions free and do I need a parent signature if I’m under 18?

Keep in mind that Teen Clinic does not offer abortions. We can however tell you a little bit about the law in Colorado.

In Colorado, minors do not need parental consent to receive an abortion. However, state law does require that they notify their parents/guardian before.  A minor can choose to notify their parents themselves (with a certification form), or they may choose to have their  abortion provider send notification by certified mail.  They may also ask a judge to excuse them from this requirement, particularly if telling their parents would place them in danger.

Pricing is going to look different in different clinics, but many places offer assistance.

If you are pregnant and need to discuss your options you can call us at 303-442-5160.

You can also visit prochoice.org to find information and clinics near you.