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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

What if you have an irregular period and you haven’t had your period in almost 3 months….

..Then you realize you might be spotting. But before that, a month before the spotting you were ovulating. Are you pregnant? Is it health issue?

Thanks for asking this!

It is important to know there are many reasons why someone may not have a regular period.  When someone gets their period for the first time, it is possible for it to take some time before someone has a predictable and routine cycle.

Sometimes a person just naturally has a less predictable period, which can be perfectly medically okay.  Also, lots of factors can make a person’s period fluctuate. Things like being sick, sleep, stress, exercise, and diet can all make a person’s period change or fluctuate.

It is also important to know that unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

If you had a situation where pregnancy may have been a risk, we would recommend taking a pregnancy test. The earliest you can take a test is 14 days after the sexual contact to get an accurate result.

If you are concerned about your period, or you would like to discuss ways to regulate your period (there are many types of birth control methods that help people regulate/manage their periods) you can call us at Teen Clinic to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

I’ve been on the mini pill for 12 days, and today me and my boyfriend had sex but the condom split and he accidentally ejaculated inside of me…

What are the chances of me getting pregnant? Should I get Plan B?

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.

So if this happened 12 days after being on the pill, you would be 99% protected from pregnancy as long as you were taking your pill every day at the same time.

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.

It is also important to know that unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking yourtemperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

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

Are doctors able to look at a vagina and determine whether you are sexually active?

There is no “test” to determine if someone has been sexually active before.

There is something called a hymen, however, a hymen is a thin membrane that partially covers the vagina.

It can stretch over time due to things like tampons, sports, riding a bike, etc. Some people are born without hymens! So if someone’s hymen is stretched or not in tact, this has nothing to do with sexual activity.

However, if someone is sexually active, it is important to share that information with their doctor so they can provide accurate and comprehensive health care.

It might seem intimidating to share that information, but it is the job of a doctor to make someone feel safe and comfortable! Because of the law in Colorado, teens can access sexual health services without the consent or notification of their parent or guardian. While Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult they can talk to it is not required.  So, someone does not have to bring a parent when discussing things like sexual health with their doctor.

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic to discuss any of these things, or if you have more questions, you can give us a call at 303-442-5160

Can you get birth control at 14 and not have your parents find out?

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

So my girlfriend and I have just started fingering…

… (we’re both girls) and we’ve never done anything sexual before so I wanna ask if there’s any danger to us fingering and if we need to be worried about something. This relationship is secret cause we aren’t out yet and i don’t want any health problems occur from this, thanks.

This is a great question, and good job thinking about your health!

Digital penetration ( or fingering) is a pretty low risk activity in terms of STI transmission. However there are a few things to keep in mind.

If either of you happen to have an open cut or nick on your hand, that could potentially be a risk of transmitting an infection. You can choose to use latex gloves when fingering to help reduce this risk. It is also recommended to use lubrication, this would help ensure no micro tears happen in the vagina.

It is also important to know that if one of you had an infection and touched your own genitals and then touched your partner’s genitals, this could transmit sexual fluids and could be a risk of transmission. We would recommend you both get tested to ensure no infections are present, and changing gloves, or washing hands in between.

Keep in mind if you and your partner decide to do other sexual activities, like oral sex, or genital to genital contact those are also a risk of STI transmission. So again, we would recommend getting tested. If you choose to engage in oral sex, you can use a dental dam to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

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

I am 14 and i want to get Nexplaon. Can I ?

Great question!

Yes! You can get a Nexplanon at our clinic.

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 want to make an appointment to get the Nexplanon, you can just call us at 303-442-5160