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I got my period twice this month and I’m in Nexplanon. What is going on?

It is  important to know that a very common side effect of the Nexplanon can be irregular bleeding. Some people lose their period completely; some have irregular spotting, and some people bleed more for the adjustment period. Sometimes it can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the body to adjust to the new hormone, or some people have unpredictable bleeding for entire time.  The reason this happens is because Nexplanon contains the hormone Progesterone, which over time stops the uterine lining from building up. Sometimes it will still build up and then shed. This is why someone may not have a period, or may have irregular bleeding. This is completely okay and healthy.

It is likely your irregular period is a side effect of the Nexplanon.  If this continues and you want to talk to a medical professional about ways to regulate it or maintain it, give Teen Clinic a call at 303-442-5160.

I had sex with my boyfriend. During the sex, I saw blood. What does it mean??

 

It is hard to say exactly what may be going on. It is possible your period was causing the bleeding, but if not, here are some other things it may be!

Sometimes when bleeding during vaginal intercourse happens this can be due to a lack of lubrication. The body self lubricates naturally but sometimes extra lubrication is needed. When someone is using lubrication with a condom they should use water based lubrication.  Oil based lubrication (  like lotion for example) can actually weaken the materials of the condom.

If someone is having vaginal sex for the first time, there can sometimes be blood present due to the hymen.  The hymen is a thin membrane that partially blocks the opening of the vaginal entrance.Hymens can be stretched or torn during the first experience of sexual penetration, or with tampon use or other non-sexual activity. It can also be stretched with fingers. Some people are born without a hymen. It is important to know that while some people may experience blood due to the hymen stretching, many people may not experience it at all!

Sometimes bleeding after intercourse can be a sign of an infection.  Some sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and infections that are not STIs like yeast or bacterial vaginosis can cause irregular bleeding.

If the bleeding continues it would be a good idea to see a medical provider. They can determine what may be going on. If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic you can give us a call at 303-442-5160

 

 

 

What does spotting mean before my period?

Its really hard to say what exactly could be going on, but we can clear some things up!

Someone’s period can actually fluctuate based on what’s going on in their life.  This means that stresssickness, or change in physical activity can make a period act differently.

While sometimes menstruation happens on the traditional 28-day cycle, plenty do not.  While this can be healthy and nothing to worry about, it may be a good idea to make an appointment if you find yourself worrying about your period. Our Teen Clinic practitioners can offer tips and strategies for regulating the period, and they’ll make sure you’re healthy.

It’s important to note that if you are sexually active (meaning you’re having oral sex, anal sex, vaginal sex, or any genital to genital contact), irregular bleeding can also be an indication of some type of infection.  You can always make an appointment to get tested, if this is something you might be concerned about.

It is also important to know, if someone has started a new birth control method, this can sometimes cause irregular bleeding while their body gets used to the new hormones.

We hope this helps!

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

My period is always super heavy…

…..and I hate it because you can’t go back and forth to the restroom at school . I have been wanting to get on birth control but I am scared to. My question is, if I just started my period and have a appointment to get the birth control shot will it make my period worse ?

Great question!

It can seem scary or intimidating to see a doctor about birth control if you haven’t before. But know that it is something many people do! LOTS of people start birth control for reasons unrelated to pregnancy.  That is because birth control can help with many things like: regulating a period, making a period lighter, stopping a period all together, acne, ovarian cysts, and the list goes on!

If you are deciding on a method like the Depo Shot it is important to know many people experience a change in period with the shot.

It might take your body some time to get used to the new hormones in the body, so you may have some irregular bleeding at first.  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.

Make sure you ask your doctor any questions or express any concerns you have about the Depo Shot and your period.

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

Hi, I had unprotected sex on December 11th…..

……. and had taken plan B the following morning. I just started bleeding this morning (December 16). Is this normal?

 

Thanks for asking this!

Lets talk a little bit about Plan B. Plan B is a type of Emergency Contraception. 

Emergency Contraception is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy. The hormones delay ovulation– the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus.

Emergency Contraception can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected vaginal sex, but it is more effective the sooner it is taken.

A very common side effect of Emergency Contraception is a change in period. It can cause irregular spotting, or may jump start someone’s period.  This is because it is a high dose of hormones being introduced to the body at once.

If the bleeding continues, it would be a good idea to see a medical provider.

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

I took a Plan B on the second day after my period…..

………… and 6 days later I had unprotected sex and had vaginal bleeding for 3 days …when will my ovulation be

 

It is hard to know exactly what is going on. A very common side effect of Emergency Contraception (or Plan B) is a change in period. It can cause irregular spotting, or may jump start someone’s period.  This is because it is a high dose of hormones.  This could potentially explain the irregular bleeding.

Bleeding after intercourse could also mean a couple of things. A possibility is that the sexual contact is too rough, or that enough lubrication was not used before hand. Lubrication is important during sexual contact. Although vaginas and penis’ are self-lubricating organs, often times enough lubrication is not produced. Some bodies self-lubricate quite a bit; some don’t at all! Lubrication will lower the amount of friction during sexual activity which will reduce any potential irritation.  Bleeding directly after intercourse could potentially be sign of an infection as well.

To answer your question about ovulation, 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.

The best way to reduce the risk of pregnancy is to use forms of  birth control consistently and correctly. Most forms of birth control can be up to 99% effective when used correctly.Condoms can also help reduce the risk of STIs and pregnancy by 98%.

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

Can you still have sex even if you’re spotting because of the Nexplanon?

Once someone has had the Nexplanon for 1 week, they are 99% protected from pregnancy for 3 years.

It is also important to say that a very common side effect of the Nexplanon can be irregular bleeding. Some people have irregular spotting, or sporadic bleeding. Sometimes it can take anywhere from 3-6 months for the body to adjust, and sometimes people continuously have spotting.

The reason this happens is because Nexplanon contains the hormone Progesterone, which over time stops the uterine lining from building up. Sometimes it will still build up and then shed. This is why someone may not have a period, or may have irregular bleeding. This is completely okay and healthy.

So it is completely fine for someone to have sexual contact while they are spotting with the Nexplanon. It doesn’t increase the chance of pregnancy or make the Nexplanon less effective.  It just depends on if someone is comfortable doing so!

If you continue to have bleeding and want to discuss ways to regulate it,or have any other questions, you can call our Teen Clinic to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

I had sex with a boy yesterday unprotected for the first time and I haven’t stopped bleeding since is that okay ?

It is hard to know exactly what is going on but we can clear some things up for you!

A possibility is that the sexual contact is too rough, or that enough lubrication was not used before hand. Lubrication is important during sexual contact. Although vaginas and penis’ are self-lubricating organs, often times enough lubrication is not produced. Some bodies self-lubricate quite a bit; some don’t at all! Lubrication will lower the amount of friction during sexual activity which will reduce any potential irritation.

Lubrication is also very important during anal sex.  The anus does not self lubricate naturally, so using lubrication will help reduce the risk of friction.  This can help things feel more comfortable, and can help reduce the risk of micro tears in the anus, which is a way STIs can be transmitted

Vaginal bleeding can also be a sign of an infection, whether a sexually transmitted infection or an organic infection, like yeast or bacterial vaginitis.

It is also important to remember that communication with any partner is important. If something feels uncomfortable or is painful, it is important to communicate that. Everyone involved should always feel comfortable and safe.

The only way to know for sure what is going on is to see a medical professional. You can do this at our Teen Clinic. Give us a call! 303-442-5160

I had sex with my boyfriend for the first time and I bled….

…..And after that every time we have sex I always bleed. I really don’t know what’s wrong with me

It is hard to know exactly what is going on but we can clear some things up for you!

A possibility is that the sexual contact is too rough, or that enough lubrication was not used before hand. Lubrication is important during sexual contact. Although vaginas and penis’ are self-lubricating organs, often times enough lubrication is not produced. Some bodies self-lubricate quite a bit; some don’t at all! Lubrication will lower the amount of friction during sexual activity which will reduce any potential irritation.

Vaginal bleeding can also be a sign of an infection, whether a sexually transmitted infection or an organic infection, like yeast or bacterial vaginitis.

It is also important to remember that communication with any partner is important. If something feels uncomfortable or is painful, it is important to communicate that. Everyone involved should always feel comfortable and safe.

The only way to know for sure what is going on is to see a medical professional. You can do this at our Teen Clinic. Give us a call! 303-442-5160

Is it normal to have something like a period a few days after taking Plan B, I’m very scared and confused!?

Great question!

Lets talk a little bit about emergency contraception.  Plan B is a brand of emergency contraception.

Emergency contraception  is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation in the hopes of preventing pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.

One of the most common side effects of taking emergency contraception is some sort of bleeding. Because it contains such a large dose of hormones, a certain amount of bleeding is expected. For some people, they might have a full period, light spotting, or anything in between.

So having bleeding is very common.  If you continue to have bleeding or are concerned you can call Teen Clinic to make an appointment! 303-442-5160