Boulder Teen Clinic

I am 17 and I had unprotected sex and he came inside of me. I took the morning after pill 20 hours later. I am 2 weeks late on my period and when I took a pregnancy test…

…it came up with two lines but one was very faint. I do have some pregnancy symptoms but not bad. I was just wondering how likely is it that I’m pregnant?

Any brand of emergency contraception contains a high level of progesterone.  This spike of progesterone in the body can prevent ovulation, or keep the egg from being released from the ovary.  Plan B is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy—it doesn’t end a pregnancy. If a pregnancy has already occurred, Plan B will not harm the pregnancy (or your body) in any way.

Because ovulation could’ve occurred in the 20 hours before you took Plan B, pregnancy is possible.

If you took the type of pregnancy test where a second line would show up if you were pregnant, having a faint line likely means that you are pregnant.  The line could be faint because you’re early on in the pregnancy, or in some rare cases it can just be a false positive. The only way to know for sure though is to either take a second test at home and see if the second line is more clear, or you can come in to the Teen Clinic to take another test. If the next test you take shows up positive, it will mean that you are pregnant.

If you are pregnant, know that Teen Clinic offers free, unbiased decision counseling to help you learn more about your options. You’re welcome to bring a support person with you; we’re also able to meet with your family or partner if you need help having this discussion.

Whether you decide to pursue parenting, consider adoption, or end your pregnancy, Teen Clinic will give you a safe place to connect with the next stepGive us a call to make an appointment to take a pregnancy test or to meet with one of our counselors.

Do you guys provide abortions?

Teen Clinic does not offer abortions. We do offer free, unbiased decision counseling. If you’re not sure whether parenting, adoption, or abortion is your best plan, it’s a great idea to make an appointment to see one of our counselors. Your parent or partner is welcome too! Learning more about your options can help ensure that, whatever decision you make, it’s the right one for you.

In Colorado, it is required by law that minors notify their parents if they are having an abortion. It is not required that parents consent to this procedure. To learn more, check out this question.

To find a quality abortion provider, visit www.prochoice.org.

What is the first step after finding out you’re pregnant, but can’t talk to your parents?

Teen Clinic is here for you!  We know it can be scary to learn you’re pregnant.  The first step is to connect with someone you trust who will support you.  Teen Clinic offers free, unbiased decision counseling to help you learn more about your options. You’re welcome to bring your support person with you; we’re also able to meet with your family or partner if you need help having this discussion.

Whether you decide to pursue parenting, consider adoption, or end your pregnancy, Teen Clinic will give you a safe place to connect with the next stepGive us a call to make an appointment with one of our counselors.  And thanks for reaching out!

How does Plan B work?

Great question!  Any brand of emergency contraception contains a high level of progesterone.  This spike of progesterone in the body can prevent ovulation, or keep the egg from being released from the ovary.  That’s why it’s important to take Plan B as soon as possible after unprotected sex; pregnancy isn’t possible if ovulation is prevented.

Plan B is not an abortion. It prevents pregnancy—it doesn’t end a pregnancy. If a pregnancy has already occurred, Plan B will not harm the pregnancy (or your body) in any way. Plan B can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex, but it is more effective in the first 48 hours.  Walk in to Teen Clinic any time we’re openif you need Plan B; we offer it either for free or at a low-cost to anyone under 20 If you are under 18, all of your services at Teen Clinic will be free.  If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small flat fee for your services based on your income.

I had an abortion about a month ago. Out of curiosity, I recently took a pregnancy test and it said positive…

…Three days after the abortion, I started on the pill. I take it every day but not at the same time. Sometimes I forget but take it a couple of hours late.  I had unprotected sex two weeks after the abortion.  Is there any way I could have gotten pregnant?

During pregnancy, the body produces high levels of human gonadotropic hormone, or HCG.  Urine pregnancy tests work by measuring whether or not HCG is present.  Because HCG levels rise quickly at the beginning of a pregnancy, HCG can still be present in the blood and urine for up to six weeks after a miscarriage or abortion procedure. This can cause a false positive on pregnancy tests.

However, if you’re not ready to be pregnant, it’s important that you take your pill within the same hour every day. Taking your pill late makes it less effective at preventing pregnancy! If you’re having trouble remembering to take your pill, consider other birth control options, like the patch, the ring, the shot, Implanon, or IUDs, which don’t require you to remember quite as often (or at all!).

And consider wearing condoms 100% even though you’re on a hormonal birth control method. Condoms can help prevent infection; they also serve as a great back-up birth control. (Check out this great question from the archives: “Can you still get pregnant on birth control?”)  Visit Teen Clinic if you want to talk with a practitioner about how you can best prevent unintended pregnancy.

Is there ANYWHERE I can go to get an abortion without involving my parents in any way?

In Colorado, minors do not need parental consent to receive an abortion. However, state law does require that they notify their parents/guardian at least 48 hours before the procedure.  A minor can choose to notify her parents herself (with a certification form), or she may choose to have her abortion provider send notification by certified mail.  She may also ask a judge to excuse her from this requirement, particularly if telling her parents would place her in danger.

In other words, no. If you are under 18 and seeking an abortion in Colorado, you are required to tell a parent unless you are in danger or a victim of incest/abuse.

In some states, parental notification is not required. To learn more about abortion laws by state, check out this Guttmacher Institute Fact Sheet.  If you are pregnant and not sure what to do, give Teen Clinic a call. We offer free, unbiased decision counseling and referrals.

Can you still have an abortion if you are four months pregnant?

Yes. In Colorado, there are no restrictions on when an abortion can be performed. While some clinics in the state choose not to perform abortions at four months, others do offer this service. To find a quality provider, visit www.prochoice.org.

Teen Clinic does not offer abortions. We do offer free, unbiased decision counseling. If you’re not sure whether parenting, adoption, or abortion is your best plan, it’s a great idea to make an appointment to see one of our counselors. Your parent or partner is welcome too! Learning more about your options can help ensure that, whatever decision you make, it’s the right one for you.

In Colorado, it is required by law that minors notify their parents if they are having an abortion. It is not required that parents consent to this procedure. To learn more, check out this question.

Can you get the abortion pill at Teen Clinic without parental consent?

Teen Clinic does not provide abortion services, including medication abortions.  However, we do provide pregnancy and STI prevention services, treatment for infections, and unbiased decision counseling for pregnant teens. If you are under 18, all of your services at Teen Clinic will be free.  If you are 18 or 19, there may be a small flat fee for your services based on your income.

It’s good to know that in Colorado, minors do not need parental consent to choose an abortion. However, state law does require that they notify their parents/guardian at least 48 hours before any abortion procedure.  A minor may choose to notify her parents herself, bringing a signed certification form to her appointment, or she may choose to have her abortion provider send notification for her by certified mail. She may also ask a judge to excuse her from this requirement, particularly if she believes notification would place her in physical danger.

At Teen Clinic, we do dispense Emergency Contraception, or Plan B, that can prevent pregnancy for up to five days after unprotected intercourse.   Plan B is available on a walk-in basis to both men and women at our Boulder and Longmont locations.  Plan B will not negatively affect an existing pregnancy, and is not an abortion.

For more information on abortion, see the National Abortion Federation’s website.

Do you need an ID if you’re getting an abortion and are already 18?

In Colorado, all abortion patients sign a legal document certifying they are at least 18 or are legally emancipated.  That’s because Colorado law requires minors—anyone under 18—to notify their parents at least 48 hours before they have an abortion. Some clinics will check your ID; some may not. Even if you’re over 18, it’s a good idea to bring identification in case they do.

How far along is the farthest you can be to have an abortion?

Ninety percent of all abortions are provided during the first trimester, which is up to fourteen weeks gestation. A small percent (9.9 %) are performed during the second trimester. A very small percent (0.1% of all abortions) are performed in the third trimester, usually because of severe health problems in the fetus or the woman.  As for legality, each state has their own regulations on the timing of abortion procedures. For more information, check out the National Abortion Federation website.