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How old do you have to be to get an IUD?

Good question.

Lets talk a little bit about IUDs.

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy.

There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal and Non-Hormonal. Hormonal IUDs work by thickening the cervical mucus. The Paragard immobilizes sperm, making it harder for sperm to reach the egg.

IUDs are more than 99% effective for 3-10 years (depending on the IUD). IUDs do not prevent against any STIs!

There is no age minimum to get an IUD. If someone decided they wanted one, they would just need to call and make an appointment to get one. At their visit they will discuss with a provider the different types of IUDs, side effects, and if an IUD would be best for them.

If you want to get an IUD just call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment.

Once you get an IUD, how long should you wait until he can go inside you….

…  In other words, how long until the IUD is effective?

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 prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening 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

 

How do IUDs affect your period?

Great question! Let’s talk a little bit about the IUD

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 prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Hormonal IUD is 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy and lasts up to 3-5 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!

We recommend Hormonal IUDs for those who have heavy periods. Because Hormonal IUDs contain the hormone progesterone, it can make the period lighter. Some people who use Hormonal IUDs don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. The Non Hormonal IUD on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend The Non Hormonal IUD for people who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle.

It’s a great idea to talk to a healthcare provider about your medical health history before deciding on an IUD.

Call Teen Clinic to make an appointment! 303-442-5160

Can Teen Clinic insert an IUD?

Yes, let’s talk a little bit about the IUD!

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus

There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal and Non-Hormonal.  Hormonal IUDs are effective for 3-5 years depending on the type, and Non-Hormonal IUDs are effective for up to 10 years.

However, it’s important to note that IUDs do not prevent against any STIs! IUDs can be a great form a birth control, but you will want to use a barrier method like condoms 100% of the time to help with the prevention of STIs.

Teen Clinic offers IUDs. Any person can get an IUD if their health history permits. A person will make an appointment at Teen Clinic, and come in and talk to one of our medical professionals, and can potentially leave that day with an IUD!

Services at Teen Clinic for anyone under 17 are completely free. For someone that is 18 or 19, services may be free or a low cost, but nothing will be over $50. This includes IUDs as well!

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

I have had the IUD Mirena since January. Would it be okay if he were to come in me?

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

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, effectiveness will go down.  With the Mirena IUD, using it correctly would mean having it changed every 5 years.

In conclusion, if your boyfriend ejaculates inside of you but you’re taking your birth control correctly, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. 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’m on birth control. How long should I wait before I let my boyfriend ejaculate inside me?

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

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.

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, effectiveness will go down.

In conclusion, if your boyfriend ejaculates inside of you but you’re taking your birth control correctly, you will be up to 99% protected from pregnancy. 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.

If I am absolutely certain that Paragard is the perfect birth control for me, can I only schedule one appointment total, just to get it implanted?

…Or do I need to go through a birth control consultation appointment first?

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Mirena & Paragard. Mirena works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Mirena is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and lasts for up to 5 years! Paragard is made of copper which causes sperm to die within the uterus before it can fertilize an egg. Paragard contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years!

We recommend Mirena for those who have heavy periods. Because Mirena contains the hormone progesterone,  it can make the period lighter. Some people who use Mirena don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. Paragard, on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend Paragard for people who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle.

It has also recently been released that intrauterine devices may also reduce the risk of cervical cancer by 45%, as stated by a recent New York Times article.  The new information comes out of a review of studies conducted in Asia, South America, and Europe between 1985 and 2007. Researchers believe that inserting an IUD may create an immune response that helps the body fight off HPV. Check out the whole article here!

However, it’s important to note that IUDs do not prevent against any STIs! IUDs can be a great form a birth control, but you will want to use condoms 100% of the time to help with the prevention of STIs. Give Teen Clinic a call to schedule an appointment to talk about the IUD and if it will be the best choice for your body!

If you would like an IUD, or intrauterine device, we would do the insertion right here at either our Boulder or Longmont clinic! It’s important to note though that there are 3 parts to the IUD insertion process

  1. Birth Control Consultation/Annual Exam- You would start off by making an appointment to talk about the IUD and see if it would be a good      fit for your body and lifestyle! You can do this in 1 of 2 ways.      The first way you can get the process started is that you can make      an appointment for a birth control consultation. During this appointment, you will speak with a nurse      practitioner and have an STI      screening. This is done simply done peeing in a cup! The other way      you can do this is by getting an Annual Exam. Because Teen Clinic      follows health standards that we do not perform pap smears on patients under      21, you will not have a pelvic exam unless you have symptoms of an      infection. Teen Clinic will also only give a breast exam to patients      who are 19 and older. The difference between an annual exam      and birth control consultation is that the annual exam is a little more of      an in depth visit with a longer interview process. At both visits      though you will have an STI screen and talk about if the IUD is      right for you!
  2. IUD Insertion-      This next part is where you actually have the IUD inserted!       At this point we will have your medical history and STI test results so      there will be a shorter interview process.  If your      tests are negative and you haven’t had any unprotected sex      in the last 2 weeks, the IUD will be inserted. But Teen Clinic      makes sure that our patients know that the actual insertion is never      guaranteed. For some people, the IUD insertion is quick and painless.      For others, it may take a little longer or we may need to give you a      specific medication and have you come back to try the insertion again at a      later date.
  3. Follow-up appointment- Assuming the IUD was inserted without issue, the nurse      will usually have you return to the clinic in 3 months for a follow-up      appointment. At this time, the nurse will make sure you’re satisfied      with the IUD and make sure everything is as it should be. It usually takes      your body about 3 months to adjust to a new medication, so at this time      your body should be pretty well adjusted to your new IUD! After      this, our nurses will encourage you to return for an annual exam in      1 year!

Today is a month since me and my mate had unprotected sex and I haven’t gotten my period yet. Is it the right time to take a pregnancy test to find out if I’m pregnant?

The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex. After that initial 14 days, you will get an accurate result.

Teen Clinic offers pregnancy tests on an appointment only basis. Click here to see our hours at both our Boulder and Longmont locations and to find out how to make an appointment. If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small fee based on your income. You can see our pricing table here.

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 prevent pregnancy and STI transmission by up to 98%! Teen Clinic offers free condoms and dental dams.

Even if you are using condoms, it’s still important to think about starting a birth control method if you are engaging in the type of sex that can result in pregnancy. Teen Clinic offers quite a few methods that can help prevent unplanned pregnancy. Here are some examples of methods we provide and a little bit information about each one!

  1. Abstinence– abstaining from oral, vaginal, and anal sex is the only way to prevent unplanned pregnancy and STIs 100% of the time
  2. Condoms, etc.– Male (external) condoms, female (internal) condoms, and dental dams help to reduce your risk of unplanned pregnancy and STIs
  3. Birth Control Pills (estrogen, progesterone, and a combination of both)-  take every day at the same time
  4. Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra)- change every week
  5. Birth Control Ring (Nuvaring)- change every month
  6. Birth Control Shot (Depo Provera)- receive every 3 months
  7. Birth Control Implant (Nexplanon)-  effective for 3 years
  8. Intrauterine Device/IUD Hormonal (Mirena)-effective for 5 years
  9. Intrauterine Device/IUD Non-hormonal (Paragard)- effective for 10 years

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

I had the Mirena inserted two Saturdays ago. I waited seven days, had unprotected sex last Saturday…

…and my boyfriend did not withdraw. I have not had sex since. All week I’ve had bad cramps and very dark spotting. What’s going on? Could I be pregnant? Thank you!

Great job following your medical provider’s advice and waiting one week before having unprotected sex! As you know, it takes one week for a hormonal method of birth control to become effective in preventing pregnancy.

Because you waited 7 days to have sex without a back-up method, your Mirena will be helping to prevent pregnancy! The Mirena IUD is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. But remember, although you are 99% protected from pregnancy, you are not protected from STI transmission. Teen Clinic recommends using condoms to help reduce your risk of getting an STI.

As far as the spotting and cramping goes, the Mirena contains a hormone called progesterone. Progesterone  can make the period lighter. Some people who use Mirena don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. Spotting is considered a normal side effect of Mirena. While it tends to decrease over time, everyone’s body is different! Take a peek at the handout you received at the insertion; this should provide more detailed information about what to expect.

If the spotting or cramping continues or worsens, it would be a good idea to contact your medical provider. They may be able to help you with ways of decreasing these negative side effects.

To make an appointment at Teen Clinic, give us a call at 303-442-5160.

I’m 15 and I want to get an IUD it’s the best choice for me I think. I’m sexually active and I have heavy periods…

…so it’s better to get this since I am not good at remembering things like birth control.  Am I allowed to get it even though I’m 15?  Also, I talked to my mom and she agrees with me, but we do not have the money to afford it.  Is it free?

It’s great that you’re thinking about your health and  birth control methods that would and wouldn’t work with your lifestyle!

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to effectively prevent pregnancy. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.  There are two types of IUDs: Mirena & Paragard. Mirena works by releasing hormones to prevent ovulation – the process where the ovaries release an egg – and thickening the cervical mucus. The Mirena is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and lasts for up to 5 years! Paragard is made of copper which causes sperm to die within the uterus before it can fertilize an egg. Paragard contains no hormones, but is also 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to 10 years!

We recommend Mirena for those who have heavy periods. Because Mirena contains the hormone progesterone,  it can make the period lighter. Some people who use Mirena don’t get a period at all! Others may experience spotting (small amounts of irregular bleeding) instead. Paragard, on the other hand, can increase cramping and period flow. We recommend Paragard for people who experience light, easy periods, and who would like to menstruate on their regular cycle.

It has also recently been released that intrauterine devices may also reduce the risk of cervical cancer by 45%, as stated by a recent New York Times article.  The new information comes out of a review of studies conducted in Asia, South America, and Europe between 1985 and 2007. Researchers believe that inserting an IUD may create an immune response that helps the body fight off HPV. Check out the whole article here!

However, it’s important to note that IUDs do not prevent against any STIs! IUDs can be a great form a birth control, but you will want to use condoms 100% of the time to help with the prevention of STIs. Give Teen Clinic a call to schedule an appointment to talk about the IUD and if it will be the best choice for your body!

There was another great question about the process of getting an IUD that you can check out here.