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I recently started using the Nuvaring. I waited 5 days to have sex…

…and my partner ejaculated inside me. Do I have a high chance of being pregnant?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Nuvaring), it takes 1 week for the hormones to be integrated enough into the body to start preventing pregnancy.

Once the Nuvaring is at full effectiveness, it is preventing pregnancy by up to 99%. But in order for the ring to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re on time in changing it every month.

Because this was the first time you’d used the ring and you had unprotected sex 5 days into the week, you were not protected from pregnancy during the first week and are at risk of pregnancy.   You have the option of taking Plan B (emergency contraception) for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It’s important to note though that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it will be.

But the only way you will know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex and at that time you will get an accurate result.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with a provider.

 

I got my Depo shot on the 21st and had unprotected sex on the 25th. What is the possibility that I’m pregnant? It was my first shot.

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the Depo shot), it takes 1 week for the hormones to be integrated enough into the body to start preventing pregnancy.

Once the Depo shot is at full effectiveness, the Depo shot is preventing pregnancy by up to 99% for 3 months. But in order for the Depo to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re getting the shot every 3 months.

Because this was the first time you’d gotten the shot and you had unprotected sex 4 days into the week, you were not protected from pregnancy during the first week and are at risk of pregnancy.   You have the option of taking Plan B (emergency contraception) for up to 5 days after unprotected sex. It’s important to note though that the sooner you take emergency contraception, the more effective it will be.

But the only way you will know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex and at that time you will get an accurate result.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or to talk with a provider.

 

When you get the first Depo shot, the doctors tell you to wait a week before it’s effective…

… I know that. But I just got my second shot and I’m not sure it that rule still applies. Do I have to wait a week the second time getting the shot too?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control, they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective. After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% when taken correctly.

Once the Depo is at full effectiveness, pregnancy will be prevented by up to 99% for up to 3 months. But in order for the Depo to consistently be effective, you need to make sure you’re getting the shot every 3 months. Each time you get the shot after the initial shot, the hormones will already be integrated into the body. This means that if you’re getting the shot on time, you won’t need to use a barrier method each week after you get a new shot. Those shots will start working right away.

It’s always a good idea to use some type of barrier method (like condoms) in addition to a hormonal method of birth control to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If I’m using the birth control patch, can my boyfriend ejaculate inside me without getting me pregnant? I need a very specific answer!

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control, they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective. After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% when taken correctly.

But keep in mind that your 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 patch, you need to remember to put a new one on once a week for three weeks and it will be 92-99% effective.

In conclusion, if your partner ejaculates inside of you but you’re taking your birth control correctly, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. If you are not taking it correctly however, effectiveness will go down.

It’s always a good idea to use some type of barrier method (like condoms) in addition to a hormonal method of birth control to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If you have additional questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160.

I was on the Depo shot for several months before switching to the Nexplanon…

…I got the Nexplanon the same day I was supposed to have my next Depo shot and was careful for over a week. Am I covered? or should I use a back-up method?

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

With that being said, if you are starting the Nexplanon after already having been on another method, you don’t necessarily need to wait another week before you’re protected.

If you had the new Nexplanon inserted while your Depo shot was still active, you do not need to wait a week before the hormones kick-in. If this was the case, you are automatically 99% protected from pregnancy.

If you got the new Nexplanon inserted after the Depo shot had expired (more than 3 years after insertion), then you do need to abstain or use a back-up method for 1 week. If this were the case, it would be like starting a new method and the hormones need to be re-integrated into the body.

If you are not sure of the exact dates, contact the doctor’s office that inserted the Nexlpanon and who used to give you the Depo injections. They can give you concrete information on when the method will be effective.

I have only been on the Nexplanon for one month. Do I need to use condoms anymore?

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method (like condoms) or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

Remember that even though Nexplanon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to three years, it does not protect against any STIs!

It’s always a good idea to use some type of barrier method (like condoms) in addition to a hormonal method of birth control to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If you have more questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160!

I’ve just had my Implanon replaced. This is my second one. How long should I wait until I have unprotected sex?

Great question!

When someone starts a new hormonal birth control method for the first time, they need to use a back-up method or abstain for the first week. After that first week, the hormones are integrated into the body and will start to protect against pregnancy.

With that being said, if you are replacing the Nexplanon (formally known as the Implanon), you don’t necessarily need to wait another week before you’re protected.

If you had the new Nexplanon inserted while the old Implanon was still active (within 3 years of the insertion), you do not need to wait a week before the hormones kick-in. If this was the case, you are automatically 99% protected from pregnancy.

If you got the new Nexplanon inserted after the old Implanon had expired (more than 3 years after insertion), then you do need to abstain or use a back-up method for 1 week. If this were the case, it would be like starting a new method and the hormones need to be re-integrated into the body.

If you are not sure of the exact dates, contact the doctor’s office that inserted the Nexlpanon. They can give you concrete information on when the method will be effective.

My boyfriend and I just had sex. He wore a condom and it didn’t break…

…Also I’ve been on birth control for almost 7 weeks now. Do you think I’m safe from being pregnant?

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control, they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective. After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% when taken correctly.

But keep in mind that your 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 at the same time every day.
  • If you’re on the patch, you need to remember to put a new one on once a week for three weeks.
  • 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 Mirena IUD, you need to remember to get it changed out every five years.

In conclusion, if your partner ejaculates inside of you but you’re taking your birth control correctly, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. If you are not taking it correctly however, effectiveness will go down.

It’s always a good idea to use some type of barrier method (like condoms) in addition to a hormonal method of birth control to help reduce the risk of STI transmission.

If you have additional questions, give us a call at 303-442-5160.

Do you have to be on your period when getting the arm implant put in? What if…

you’re due for your period when you’re getting the implant put in? Will you still get your period because it was due anyways?


Great
question!

First, we can explain what the contraceptive implant is and how it works!

The contraceptive implant is also known as the Nexplanon (formerly known as the Implanon). Nexplanon is a long term, reversible 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.

Nexplanon is a single matchstick-sized rod that is placed underneath the skin in your upper arm. A nurse or doctor inserts the rod. Once inserted, the rod releases hormones gradually for up to three years.

Nexplanon is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to three years, but it does not protect against any STIs!

Once you’ve had the Nexplanon inserted, you will have to abstain or use a back-up method (like condoms) for one week until it will be effective in preventing pregnancy. In fact, for all hormonal methods of birth control, it takes one week for the hormones to “kick in” and be effective in preventing pregnancy.

Something that is important to mention with the Nexplanon though is the effect it may have on your period. Nexplanon contains a hormone called progesterone. When someone is on progesterone, they may not have a typical period. For some people, this means that someone will not have a period at all, or they may experience irregular spotting, or they can experience something similar to a light period. How your body reacts to progesterone will depend on the person.

If you want to make an appointment or to learn more about the Nexplanon, give us a call at 303-442-5160.

I am currently on the Nuvaring. I have been on it for 10 days, but my partner and I had unprotected intercourse yesterday…

…Although he never ejaculated, there might have been pre-cum. I was wondering what my chances are of pregnancy and if I should take a pregnancy test?

Great question! Let’s start by talking about what the birth control ring (or Nuvaring) is.

The birth control ring, or Nuvaring, 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.

With that being said, the Nuvaring will be 92-99% effective in preventing pregnancy. When someone is using the ring as their birth control, they will only have to worry about taking it once a month! To use the Nuvaring, someone will take the ring and insert it into the vagina. Once the ring is in place, that’s where it will stay for three weeks. Once the third week is up, that person will remove the ring and leave it out for 1 week. At that time, that person will have their period. After that fourth week is up, a new ring will be inserted, starting the process over again.

Now that we’ve discussed what the ring is and how to use it, let’s talk about when it becomes effective!

When someone starts a new hormonal method of birth control (like the ring), they need to use a back up method (like condoms or practicing abstinence) for one week before that method will be effective. After that first week, the hormones will be integrated into the body and can help prevent pregnancy up to 99% when taken correctly.

Because you had been using the Nuvaring continuously for 10 days before having unprotected sex, you will be 92-99% protected from pregnancy. After that initial week of starting a new hormonal method of birth control, if you are using the method correctly, you can be up to 99% protected from pregnancy.

Although pre-ejaculate (or pre-cum) 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.  Because you had been on your Nuvaring, your risk of pregnancy from pre-cum is very, very low.

But because pre-ejaculate can also transmit STIs, it’s a great idea to consider condoms  and dental dams when you’re engaging in sexual activities. If used correctly and consistently, condoms can help reduce someone’s chances of contracting an STI. Using a hormonal method of birth control and using condoms at the same time will also increase someone’s chances of preventing unplanned pregnancy. Teen Clinic offers free condoms and dental dams.

Give us a call if you have more questions! 303-442-5160.