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If my boyfriend and I are having a lot of sex is it okay for him to ejaculate inside of me every time since I’m on birth control and take it on time everyday? Or should he still pull out?

If you are taking your pill at the same time every day, your birth control is 99% effective at preventing pregnancy, even if your partner ejaculates inside you. It’s up to you to decide whether you still feel more comfortable with him pulling out.

Which IUD do you have available for teens? The question relates to the amount of hormone in the IUD. Is it possible to get Kyleena at your clinic?

The IUDs we have available for teens include Mirena, Kyleena, Paraguard and Liletta. Mirena and Liletta are essentially the same; they’re just made by a different manufacturer. Kyleena is a slightly smaller IUD and contains fewer hormones than Mirena/Liletta. However, smaller IUDs can sometimes cause more breakthrough bleeding (spotting between menstrual periods) than the larger ones. With all of the hormonal devices, your period may become shorter and/or lighter. Some people will eventually stop getting their periods at all. Paraguard is a non-hormonal IUD (it uses copper instead) that lasts longer (up to 10 years). Although it’s non-hormonal, it can cause heavier bleeding and cramping. All of these options could be great options for teens; it just depends on your medical history. We encourage you to make an appointment to further discuss your options with a medical provider!

I’m a teen. I’m scared I may be pregnant. I can’t tell anyone in my family and I don’t know what to do. Please help me.

We’re sorry to hear this is causing you so much stress. The only way to know for sure whether you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can get these tests at most grocery stores and pharmacies, and they have to be done at least 14 days after unprotected sex in order to be accurate. If you find out you are indeed pregnant, you have options. In that case, we would encourage you to call our clinic to discuss your options with a medical provider.

If I got tested for STDs would HPV show up?

It depends! HPV is tricky because it can only be tested in females; there is no test for males. Females can be tested for HPV through something called a pap smear, which is a swab of the cervix. A doctor or nurse uses a small brush to gently take some cells from your cervix. The cells are sent to a lab to be tested, and that’s where HPV would show up if you had it. Women normally start having pap smears around age 21, and usually every three years after that. If you are concerned about HPV, feel free to make an appointment to discuss your options with one of our providers.

I currently have had a yeast infection for a week now that the research I’ve done has clearly confirmed. The problem is that I am fourteen years old and I have no one other than my mom to buy medicine for me and I really don’t want to tell her about it because she is very judgemental. What are the safest and best home remedies that I can try out and what are some ways or preventing this infection?

If you think you have a yeast infection, the best thing to do would be to see a medical provider. This way, they can make sure it’s a yeast infection and give you the appropriate treatment. If you are concerned about your mom finding out, remember that our clinic is confidential (any kind of testing or treatment you get will stay between you and the doctor). If you do have a yeast infection, the treatment is usually just one pill, so you could take it as soon as you get it and not have to bring anything home. The medicine is also free if you’re 17 or younger. If you would like to make an appointment, call our clinic at 303-442-5160.

Here are some ways you can prevent yeast infections:
-When showering, use mild, unscented soap that won’t irritate your vaginal area
-Wear cotton underwear to keep your vulva dry
-Avoid tight-fitting clothes
-Avoid any kind of sprays, powders, or tampons that are scented
-Eat yogurt or other foods with probiotics, which help balance the healthy bacteria in your vagina

Would I be able to get the pill without parental consent and what would the cost be?

Yes, you can come in and get the pill without your parents knowing. The price depends on your age; if you are 17 or younger and getting the pill confidentially, it is free. If you are 18 or 19, it would be at a significantly reduced cost (generally between 5 and 20 dollars).

ok so i was on the pill & stopped about a month ago to getting my period every two weeks but lately i’ve been having unprotected sex.. is it possible to get pregnant or am i safe ?

If you are not taking birth control pills anymore, it is definitely possible to get pregnant. If you are unhappy with the type of birth control pills you were taking, we encourage you to talk to you doctor about other methods that might work better for you. And remember that condoms are the only contraceptive method that reduce your risk of STI transmission. So we highly recommend using condoms as a backup method, especially if you’re not on the pill.

Hi, I’ve been on the nexplanon for about 2 months and I had unprotected sex and went the next night to buy Aftera, this was a week and 2 days ago. I took it. I just wanna know how it will affect me, my birth control, and body

It’s important to know that if you have an implant like the Nexplanon, you are already protected from getting pregnant. In fact, it is one of the most effective methods of contraception: only about 1% of people will get pregnant if they have the implant. So you do NOT need to take emergency contraception like Aftera if you have the implant. Since you already took it, some side effects you might have experienced include nausea, fatigue (feeling tired), vaginal bleeding, abdominal pain, and breast soreness. If any of those symptoms have continued or gotten worse since you took the Aftera, please make an appointment to see a doctor.

One more thing: if your partner didn’t use a condom, make sure you are aware of whether they’ve been tested for STIs. Not using condoms puts you at higher risk of transmitting STIs, so it’s a good idea to get tested in about three months if you aren’t sure of your partner’s medical history (it takes most infections a few months to establish themselves in your body, which is why it’s not necessary to get tested right away).

Does Plan B work if you took ecstasy pills?

On a chemical level, no: ecstasy, cocaine, and similar drugs have not been found to decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control such as Plan B. (Some prescription drugs and herbs do, though, so be sure your healthcare providers know what you’re taking.) 

However, drug use can affect your sexual health choices in other ways.  It’s well-documented that those under the influence are more likely to engage in unprotected sex, increasing the risk of STI transmission. Being drunk or high can also negatively affect a person’s communication, decreasing their ability to set boundaries, read a partner’s reactions, and give or withdraw their consent. They may not be able to look out for their friends or themselves.

Hey I have NEVER had my period before, and yesterday and today, I’ve had brown tiny spotting, and when I wipe, it’s clumpy brown and black discharge. Is it the start of my period or something worse?

It’s important to remember that everybody experiences puberty differently, and no one has the same kind of period. Menses, or the fluid that comes out of your vagina when you’re on your period, is only made up of about 50% blood. The rest of the fluid contains certain parts of the lining of your uterus, which is being shed. This includes cervical mucus, vaginal secretions, and endometrial tissue. So that’s why your menstrual discharge can be a bit clumpy or darker than blood. Please note that this should not be construed as medical advice, only general information. If you still have concerns about your specific situation, please make an appointment to be seen by one of our medical providers!