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Me and my boyfriend had sex and the condom broke…..

…. I am on the birth control patch and it was my 2nd week. I took a Plan B pill just in case right after. I’m now on my patch free week and wondering how the Plan B pill is going to affect my period or if I’m going to get it at all. I already know my chances of being pregnant are slim but it is still possible right?

Great job thinking about your sexual health!

If there was a chance that sperm came into contact with the vagina there would be a risk of pregnancy.

But, if you were on the patch for at least a week and you were changing it on the right day, it was protecting you from pregnancy up to 99%

Taking an Emergency Contraception right after can also 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.

The most common side effect of Emergency Contraception is a change in period. This is because it is a high dose of hormones being introduced into the body at once. So it can jump start a person’s period, or make it late, or irregular.  This may take a couple of cycles to go back to normal.

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. At this time, they can trust the result.

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

I’m 15. Can you get the patch without your parent’s consent ?

It is  important to know is 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. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.

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. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!

The Patch is the one method that isn’t offered at Teen Clinic, but if someone was interested, they could make an appointment with us and we could help them find a clinic that provides it.

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

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’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.

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 wear the birth control patch and I change it every Thursday morning. Well I had an audition Saturday morning…

…and I didn’t want to be on my period for it so I left it on.  Saturday morning me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex and now its two weeks later and I think I’m pregnant. Help, is it even possible? I need to know before I go and take a test.

First, let’s explain the process of skipping your period while on a hormonal method of birth control.

When someone is on a hormonal birth control method that contains estrogen, they can take it using something called “continuous use.” When someone continuously uses their method, what they’ll do is take their method for three months straight to only have a period four times in one year.

For example, if someone is on the pill, they will skip the week of placebo pills and start their next pack right away (avoiding the period or withdrawal bleed).

If they’re on the patch, rather than not having a patch on for a week when the period would usually come, they will start a new box of patches right away (to avoid getting the period).

If they’re on the ring, rather than not having the ring in for a week when they would usually get their period, they will start the next month’s ring right away.

Even though these are different methods, the process is the same.

You might ask yourself, is it safe to only have a period four times a year? The answer is yes! It’s okay for the lining of the uterus to build up for up to three months, but after that, you need to get rid of that lining. If you don’t get rid of that lining, infection and even hyperplasia (possible beginning stages of endometrial cancer) can form.  So this can be a really great way to only have a period four times a year, but it’s important to make sure you’re having that withdrawal bleed!

Teen Clinic would recommend that you talk this process over with your regular doctor before using your method continuously.

Now that we have the process and how it works out of the way, let’s talk about your situation.

In order to have used the continuous method (of still being protected from pregnancy while skipping your period) correctly,  you would have needed to put a new patch on, rather than keeping the old one on. The patch only has enough hormones to help prevent pregnancy for one week.

With that being said, if you had unprotected sex and didn’t use a condom, you could be at risk of pregnancy. The only way to know would be to take a pregnancy test 14 days after intercourse. After 14 days, you will know for sure.

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

I am on birth control, but sometimes I don’t always take it at the same time that I should. Can I still get pregnant?

Great question!

This question really depends on what type of birth control you are taking. In order for your hormonal birth control method to work, there are different guidelines that you will need to follow for each method. If you are taking…

  1. Birth Control Pills (estrogen, progesterone, and a combination of both)-  you need to take one pill every day at the same time
  2. Birth Control Patch (Ortho Evra)- you need to change the patch the same day every week
  3. Birth Control Ring (Nuvaring)- you need to put in a new ring at the same time every month
  4. Birth Control Shot (Depo Provera)- you need to see a medical professional to receive the shot every 3 months

In order for hormonal birth control pills to work correctly, we recommend that patients take them within the same hour every day.  If you are following these instructions, you are taking your pills the right way.   If you aim for the same time every day, you will keep your birth control as effective as possible.

If you are using the pill, patch, ring, or shot and you are not taking them when it’s recommended, you will not be protected from pregnancy. If you take your method correctly and consistently, you can be up to 99% protected from pregnancy! So make sure that you are either taking your method correctly, or that you come in to talk with a medical provider and talk about a method that might work better for you!

Remember also that birth control does not prevent against STIs. Teen clinic recommends using condoms 100% of the time to reduce the risk of infection and serve as a backup pregnancy prevention method.

Contact Teen Clinic to learn more about your pills, patch, ring, shot, or any other method you might be interested in. 303-442-5160.

Can I just walk in and get the pill from Teen Clinic? I don’t want my parents to know I am going to get the pill…

…And would I have to get a pap smear? I don’t want to have to get that. It would be awesome just to go somewhere and get it and walk out. Thank you!

First of all, great job in taking control of your own sexual health! Not being able to talk to your parents can be a huge barrier for Teens when it comes to health care and overall well-being. Teen Clinic recommends that you have at least one trusted adult (like a parent, an older sibling, or a teacher) in your life that you can talk to about your sexual health, but if you don’t have that, you can get the care and help you need right here at Teen Clinic!

In the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access 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. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.

If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! 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. With that being said, many teens’ services will still be free. For others, there may be a small flat cost for your services. This means that if you come in for an STI test and end up starting birth control too, you’ll still only pay the initial co-pay talked about at the beginning of the visit; no hidden charges! Even with some of our services requiring payment, the most a teen would ever pay is $50! The prices in Teen Clinic are discounted versions of what you might pay at our Family Planning clinic.

You can find out how to make an appointment here, and see our pricing scale here!

You will need an appointment to get started on a birth control method, but the process may be quicker and easier than you think!

When you make an appointment to get started on a birth control method, your nurse practitioner will help you choose the right method for your body and lifestyle! All of the options that we provide here at Teen Clinic will be safe for your future fertility. Some birth control methods can even help to protect your reproductive organs so that you are more likely to be healthy in the future.

We offer many different forms of birth control here at Teen Clinic. Some examples of methods are…

  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

Birth control methods are a good idea to think about when you’re considering having sex. It’s important to know though that birth control methods will only help to reduce your risk of unplanned pregnancy, not STI contraction. Condoms and dental dams are an important part of STI prevention!

Teen clinic offers free condoms and dental dams!

pap smear or pap test is something that is performed on someone with a cervix most often during a pelvic exam. A clinician will take samples of cells from the cervix to make sure that your body is healthy. However, it was recently decided that  pap tests are only being recommended for people  over the age of 21. (Breast and pelvic exams are recommended for females over the age of 19.)  We do perform annual pap tests on teens who’ve had an abnormal pap in the past.  Talk to your provider about the best choice for you!

Give Teen Clinic a call to get more information about your health and starting on a birth control method! 303-442-5160.

I’m 14 years old and I want to get on birth control. Do you think if I do get it when I get older I’m still going to be able to have a baby?

…And is it okay for me to do it even though I’m only 14?

This is a great question!

Lets start with your question about being able to receive services while only being 14. In other states you might need parental consent, but in Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method or get tested for STIs 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.

When you make an appointment to get started on a birth control method, your nurse practitioner will help you choose the right method for your body and lifestyle! All of the options that we provide here at Teen Clinic will be safe for your future fertility. Most birth control methods will not affect your ability to get pregnant when you so choose. Some birth control methods can even help to protect your reproductive organs so that you are more likely to be healthy when you do decide that you want to have a baby. If you are sexually active, then a reliable form of birth control is a great way to stay healthy by helping you to avoid unplanned pregnancy until you are ready to be a parent!

We offer many different forms of birth control here at Teen Clinic. Some examples of methods are…

  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

Birth control methods are a good idea to think about when you’re considering having sex. It’s important to know though that birth control methods will only help to reduce your risk of unplanned pregnancy, not STI contraction. Condoms and dental dams are an important part of STI prevention!

Teen clinic offers free condoms and dental dams, and low-cost or free services for starting a birth control method! Make an appointment here and talk to one of our medical professionals about what might be a good birth control choice for you!

My friend recently went through a pregnancy scare and would like to get started on birth control, but she doesnt want her parents to know…

…We’re 16 and want to know if we can still get birth control without them knowing?

That is a great question! In other states you might need parental consent, but in Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method or get tested for STIs 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.

At Teen Clinic, we offer a wide range of different birth control methods. Choose a method that fits your lifestyle. Many people are great at using The Pill—but plenty aren’t! If you have trouble remembering to take a pill at the same time every day, changing a patch once a week, or even inserting a ring once a month, consider using longer-term methods like Implanon or IUDs. Once these methods are inserted, they prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years—and you don’t have to remember a thing!

You are unique and so are your prevention needs. Teen Clinic is here to provide professional advice on which prevention method is right for you. Call to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method. And don’t forget, Teen Clinic services are free or low cost!