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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!

Can you have protected sex while on antibiotics for Chlamydia?

If you’re being treated for chlamydia, it’s really important that your sexual partners get treated as well. Otherwise, you can keep passing the infection back and forth (or to other people). While taking the medication, don’t have sex for 7 days. If you only have 1 dose of medication, wait for 7 days after you take it before having sex. If you’re taking medicine for 7 days, don’t have sex until you’ve finished all of your pills. Remember to use condoms and get tested regularly to prevent future infections.

My friend is 14 years old and she sent her crush an image of her body on Snapchat, it was in the dark and her private part was covered with her leg and her chest was covered with her arm but our friend told her it was illegal and it’s on the internet for ever and now she feels really scared and bad. She definitely doesn’t want to tell an adult but I don’t know what she should do because she keeps telling me she just feels guilty and nervous… please help us out

We’re sorry that you and your friend feel scared about this, and your question is an important one. You have to be very careful about sharing sexually explicit images and/or texts (“sexting”). Each state has its own laws about sexting. In Colorado, the law depends greatly on whether the text/image sent was consensual (in other words, whether both the sender and receiver agreed to the sext being sent). If your friend’s crush is 14 or younger and he didn’t consent to the picture being sent (and he chooses to report it), the image your friend sent could technically be classified as a “civil infraction”. This is the lowest tier offence and could be dismissed without any action required. If you’d like to know more, this website has detailed information about the different levels of offense when it comes to sexting.

do you do abortions

Yes, abortions are provided by licensed, experienced, specially trained physicians. Follow-up exams are performed by nurse practitioners. We also offer counseling services that are confidential, non-judgmental, respectful and empowering. Colorado law requires that if you are under 18 years old, you must notify your parents of your intent to have an abortion, unless you are living apart from your parents and supporting yourself. If you have more questions about abortion, please call us at 303-442-5160 or visit our website: https://www.boulderwomenshealth.org/services/abortion-care

Me and my partner had unprotected sex the day before she was supposed to have a implant removed. Is there a possibility of getting pregnant after taken out and how long does it take for fertility to return. Not looking for a kid right now.

Yes, there would be a possibility of getting pregnant after having the implant removed, if there was sex without a condom the day before.  That’s because the implant doesn’t always prevent ovulation.  And, sperm can live for at least 2-3 days in a woman’s body, some say longer.  So, if your partner had just ovulated, or did within a few days of the removal, and your sperm lived a few days, then yes, that could result in pregnancy once the implant was removed.

As far as return to fertility, it can be nearly immediate.  If an implant is removed and pregnancy is not desired, the couple immediately needs to be using another method.