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Can I buy condoms if I’m only 14, and can I buy plan b pills??

Great question!

In the state of Colorado there isn’t an age restriction to buy condoms or Emergency Contraception over the counter.  In some places, Emergency contraception may be between $40-$50.

Teen Clinic also offers these materials as well. Anyone can walk into Teen Clinic to pick up condoms for free.

If someone wants to get Emergency Contraception at Teen Clinic they have a couple of options.  They can get it for free if they have already been a patient. In order to be a patient at Teen Clinic someone needs to make an appointment to see a medical provider.

If someone has never been a patient (and maybe doesn’t want to) they can get Emergency contraception for $20.

Feel free to stop by our Teen Clinic, or give us a call to make an appointment at 303-442-5160

Can you help me? I’ve just recently had sex without a condom…

…..I’m scared about pregnancy as he didn’t cum inside me but on my vagina. Can you provide me anything?

In order for someone to get pregnant, semen or pre-ejaculate needs to come into direct contact with the vagina. But even if someone does not ejaculate in the vagina, there is still a risk of pregnancy. If someone ejaculates on the outside of the body but still near the vagina, sperm can travel in to the vagina, putting them at risk of pregnancy.

Pre-ejaculate is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation.  Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit.Although pre-ejaculate does not contain sperm when it is produced, it can pick up leftover sperm in the urethra. This means that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy.  Pre-ejaculate can also transmit STIs.

Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

Using a form of birth control is also a good idea. Most methods can be up to 99% effective when used correctly. Condoms can also help reduce the risk of STIs and pregnancy by 98% when used correctly.

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

If I had vaginal intercourse with a flavored condom, does it protect the same as others?

Flavored condoms are intended to be used for oral sex on a penis. Some people like that they are flavored because they think flavored condoms taste better than unflavored condoms. This is a complete personal preference. Flavored condoms should not be used for vaginal sex.  This is because there are sugars in the flavoring and when they get inside of the vagina it can cause infections like a yeast infection.

So while the condom helped reduce the risk of pregnancy, in the future it’s important to know not to use flavored condoms during vaginal intercourse to avoid infections.

The only way someone can know if pregnancy occurred is to take a test at least 14 days after the sexual contact and they can trust the result then. It would also be a good idea to think about starting a form of birth control to help reduce the risk of pregnancy.

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

I had anal sex with my boyfriend…..

……and he came inside there. He kept thrusting and he accidentally slipped inside my vagina….is there anyway I could get pregnant?

 

Pregnancy is possible whenever semen enters the vagina. If semen accidentally got into the vagina during anal sex, then yes, there would be a risk for pregnancy. Or, if some of the ejaculate leaked from the anus to the vaginal opening, there would be a risk of pregnancy.

If someone is using a form of birth control correctly, however, they are 99% protected from pregnancy. It would be a good idea to consider starting a form of birth control when engaging in sexual activity.

It is important to know that unprotected anal sex is a high risk activity for STI transmission. This is because the lining of the anus is very fragile and does not self lubricate. This makes it easier for what are called micro tears to occur during intercourse. These micro tears are small and someone may not feel them or know they are happening. Micro tears can create a direct line to someones blood, and can cause STI transmission.

It would be a good idea to use condoms during anal sex to reduce the risk of STI transmission.  Using lubrication  is also a good idea because lubrication helps reduce the risk of micro tears, and will help reduce the risk of the condom breaking.  A person should use water based lubrication when using latex condoms.  Oil based lubrication (like Vaseline, lotions, etc) will break down the material in the condom.

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

 

How good are condoms at preventing STDs?

Condoms and dental dams are barrier methods that are used to help reduce the risk of STIs ( sexually transmitted infections) and pregnancy.

External condoms are 85-98% effective depending on if they are used correctly.

Here are some things to think about when using an external condom correctly:

  1. Talk to your partner about safe sex
  2. Store condoms away from heat
  3. Check the expiration date
  4. Check for a “pillow” of air to be sure it hasn’t been damaged
  5. Open carefully – don’t rip it!
  6. Put a condom on before any sexual contact and when the penis is erect
  7. Pinch the tip of the condom as you unroll it onto the penis, be sure to leave space and make sure no air is trapped in the condom’s tip.
  8. Use enough water-based lubrication to reduce friction and tearing
  9. Never wear more than one condom at once. They are more likely to break because of friction.
  10. Withdraw the penis after ejaculation to be sure it doesn’t slip off
  11. Use a new condom every time for oral, anal, and vaginal sex

Internal condoms are a type of condom that is inserted into the vagina or anus to help reduce the risk of pregnancy and/or STIs. Internal condoms are 78-98% effective, depending on if they are used correctly.

Dental dams are a square piece of latex that are used during oral sex on the anus or the vagina.  Dental dams do not reduce the risk of pregnancy.

You can buy all barrier methods over the counter at various stores, or you can walk into Teen Clinic and get them for free.

My friend had sex last night and they used a condom but she doesn’t want to be pregnant so what should we do!?

Good question!

If someone is having unprotected sex, there is a risk of pregnancy. Even if ejaculation did not occur, pregnancy is still a risk because of something called pre-cum. Pre-cum—officially called pre-ejaculate—is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation.  Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit, and most people may not know when pre- ejaculate is happening

Although pre-ejaculate does not contain sperm when it is produced, it can pick up leftover sperm in the urethra. This means that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy.  Pre-ejaculate can also transmit STIs.

Remember though, condoms can help reduce the risk of pregnancy (and STIs) by up to 98% when used correctly.

If your friend is still concerned, Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

The only way someone can know if they are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the most recent sexual contact.

It would also be a good idea for your friend to consider starting a form of birth control. Most methods can be up to 99% effective when used correctly.

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

My girlfriend and I want to have sex, but we cannot obtain condoms.

Great job thinking about your sexual health!

Condoms are sold at different stores over the counter and there is no age restriction to buy condoms.  However, we understand that sometimes cost can be a barrier.

Someone can walk into Teen Clinic and get external condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams for totally free! Someone doesn’t even need to be a patient to pick up these items.

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

I’m scared I might be pregnant…………..

The condom broke………. My boyfriend said he didn’t ejaculate.  We aren’t sure when the condom broke.

Pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina.  If someone is having unprotected sex but ejaculation did not occur in the vagina, pregnancy can still be possible because of something called pre-cum. Pre-cum—officially called pre-ejaculate—is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation.  Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit, and most people may not know when pre- ejaculate is happening.  Because of this, if a condom breaks during vaginal intercourse, there is a risk of pregnancy.

Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

Lubrication is important during sexual contact, because it can help reduce the risk of friction which helps reduce the risk of condoms breaking.  The body self lubricates naturally but sometimes extra lubrication is needed. If someone is using extra lubrication, they should use water based lubrication with condoms.  Do not use oil based lubrication with condoms because this can cause the condom to break.

It would also be a good idea to consider starting a form of birth control.  Most birth control can help reduce the risk of pregnancy by up to 99% when used correctly.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the most recent sexual contact. You can trust the result then.

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

 

why are flavors added in condoms?

Good question!

Flavored condoms are intended to be used for oral sex on a penis. Some people like that they are flavored because they think flavored condoms taste better than unflavored condoms. This is a complete personal preference. It’s important to know that flavored condoms should not be used for vaginal sex because it may cause infections.

Remember, it is a good idea to use a condom during oral sex, because all but 2 STIs can be transmitted to the mouth and throat.

External/internal and flavored condoms are all offered at Teen Clinic. You can walk in and get them for free!

If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, give us a call at 303-442-516

I got treated yesterday for chlamydia and today I had sex with a condom but it broke….

…. We realized the second it happens and stopped. what do I do?

Let’s start out by talking about what Chlamydia is and how it can be spread or transmitted.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection of the vagina, penis, anus, or throat. Chlamydia is spread through vaginal fluids and semen. Someone can get Chlamydia through unprotected oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, and genital to genital contact.

Chlamydia is cured with antibiotics. When someone is being treated for Chlamydia, it is very important that they and their partners are treated and finish the medication, and abstain from sexual activities with other people for 7 days. This will help ensure that re infection doesn’t occur.

Since sexual activity did occur, there is a risk of reinfection.The best thing you can do is see a medical professional and get tested.

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