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How do I know which birth control method is for me?

That is a great question!

We would recommend making an appointment with a medical provider to discuss birth control methods.  Your provider will ask you some questions about your health history, go over the different methods with you and you will decide together which method is best for you.

If you are interested in The Pill, or Nuva Ring, or The Depo Shot there’s a good chance you can leave the clinic with your method.

If you decide you are interested in a more long term method like an IUD or a Nexplanon, we can schedule you another appointment to get that method.

If someone has insurance or is on their parent’s insurance plan and feel comfortable using it, they can! But if someone does not feel comfortable, we also have a Teen Clinic sliding scale.

If you are 17 and under:

  • You can receive services at no cost or donation basis! Donations are encouraged if possible, so we can continue providing low cost services to our patients. 

If you are 18 or 19:

  • You can receive services at a donation basis or at a low-cost. Most services will slide down to $0, but some services will be $5-50 based on your income. Again, donations are encouraged if possible.

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic, you can give us a call 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 don’t know much about the pill and want to learn as much as I can before I ask for it. Please help me.

Good question!

We can give you some general information about the pill.

The pill is a hormonal birth control method used to effectively prevent pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

The pill is swallowed every day at the same time. Each pill only has 24 hours worth of hormonal protection, so it’s important to take each pill at the same time each day.

With typical use the pill is 92% effective. If used correctly, consistently and all of the time, the pill can be up to 99.7% effective. The pill does not prevent against any STIs!

It requires a prescription from a medical provider. There are many types of the pill so it’s important to visit with a medical provider to ensure you are getting the right pill for your body.

If you want to make an appointment with us to go over the pill, and figure out which one may be best for you, you can call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment!

I was wondering if I can legally get birth control without my parents knowing…

……The reason I don’t want my mom to know is because she would probably disown me if she found out anything about me and sex.

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

Is it normal to not have periods while on birth control?

Great question!

It really depends on the form of birth control.

Sometimes when a person first starts birth control, their periods can change or be irregular while their body gets used to the new hormones.  This will vary for different bodies, but can last for awhile.

Some forms of birth control thin the lining of the uterus/stop the uterine lining from building up. This, in turn, can stop someone’s period completely.  This is medically healthy and okay for this to happen, but only for certain types of birth control methods

If you are concerned about your period and what to discuss it with a provider, you can give us a call at 303-442-5160.

Is there a certain amount of times that a guy can ejaculate in me before birth control becomes ineffective?

Thanks for asking!

Sexual activity, regardless of how often it is occurring, is not going to interfere with a birth control’s effectiveness.

Birth control is only going to be effective if you’re taking it correctly. Depending on which method you are using, there are special instructions on how to use it so that it’s most effective.

  • If you’re on the pill, you need to remember to take it the same time every day.
  • If you’re on the patch, you need to remember to put a new one on once a week on the same day.
  • If you’re on the ring, you need to remember to put a new one in once every three weeks.
  • If you’re on the shot, you need to remember to get the shot once every three months.
  • If you’re on the Nexplanon, you need to remember to get it changed out every three years.
  • If you’re on the IUD you need to remember to get it changed out every 3-5 years, depending on the type.

If you are taking your hormonal method correctly and consistently, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. If you are not taking it correctly however, the effectiveness will go down.

Another important thing to remember, is that it takes 1 week for hormonal forms of birth control to become effective, when someone starts it for the very first time.  So for that 1 week, someone should abstain or use a back up method like condoms.  Also, birth control does not protect against STIs. Only condoms and dental dams can.

We hope this helps! If you want to make an appointment with us you can call us at 303-442-5160

What is the process of getting on the pill? How much does it cost?

Great question!

Someone can make an appointment at Teen Clinic to get started on any birth control method (including the pill).  During your appointment, your clinician will talk with you about your personal medical history as well as your family medical history. Then together, the two of you can discuss which method might be best for you. Then, the clinician will give you a prescription for the method you decide on.

If you are under 18, all of our services are donation based.  This means we will not charge you for our services. Donations are encouraged but not required! If you are 18 or 19, Teen Clinic will base the cost of your visit on your income or however you are supporting yourself financially. So it could be donation based, or a very small fee.

Give Teen Clinic a call to make an appointment at 303-442-5160

How long do I need to wait to take a pregnancy test before I can see if I’m pregnant or not?…

…. me and my boyfriend have sex a lot and he has cummed in me the past 4 times.

If sperm makes contact with the vagina there is a risk of pregnancy. Especially if there is no use of condoms or birth control.

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

It would also be a good idea to think about using a condom during sexual contact. Condoms can help reduce the risk of STIs and pregnancy by up to 98% when used correctly.

Also considering a form of birth control may be a good idea. Birth control when used correctly can also help reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 99%.

If you want to make an appointment with us to talk about birth control or anything else you can call us at 303-442-5160

How do I get birth control when I’m 13?

Great question!

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!

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’m 14. Can I go on the pill without my parents knowing?

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