I am on the pill and my boyfriend and I are both virgins, do we still need to use condoms?

This is a great question!

First, at Teen Clinic we define sex as vaginal, oral, anal, and genital-to-genital contact. If neither you nor your partner has engaged in any of those sexual activities before, STIs would not be a risk and condoms would not be as important.

The pill is 99% effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy as long as you take it correctly (within the same three-hour window of time every day). So keep in mind that if you forget to take your pill one day or take it too late/too early, you will definitely want to use a condom.

How do I know which birth control method is right for me?

We would recommend making an appointment with a medical provider to discuss birth control methods. Your provider will ask you some questions about your health history and lifestyle and will go over the different methods that are available. Then the two of you will decide which method is best for you.

If you are interested in the pill, the NuvaRing, or the DepoProvera shot, there’s a good chance you can leave the clinic with your method.

If you're interested in a long-term method like an IUD or a Nexplanon, we can schedule you another appointment to get that method.

In terms of pricing, if you have insurance or you're on your parents' insurance plan and feel comfortable using it, you can! But if not, Teen Clinic is either free or very low cost.

If you are 17 and under:

  • You can receive services at no cost! Donations are encouraged if possible.
     

If you are 18 or 19:

  • You can receive services at a low cost. On our sliding fee scale, most services will be $0, but some services will be $5-50 based on your income and the type of service you're seeking.

I was wondering if I can legally get birth control without my parents knowing…my mom would probably disown me if she found out anything about me and sex.

Colorado law states that minors have the right to access any sexual health care without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or receive any other sexual health services 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 the minor’s permission.

With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages all 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 a mentor. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!

If you want to start birth control, you'll need to make an appointment to have a consultation with one of our providers. From there, they would discuss the different birth control options, and which method may be best for you.

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic give us a call at 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?

 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 start a birth control method, your nurse practitioner will help you choose the right method for your body type and your lifestyle.  If you are sexually active, a reliable form of birth control is a great way to stay healthy by helping you avoid unplanned pregnancy until you are ready to be a parent. Birth control does not affect your ability to get pregnant in the future. 

We offer many different forms of birth control here at Teen Clinic, and they are all free if you're under 17. Feel free to make an appointment to discuss your options. 

What forms of birth control does Teen Clinic offer? Are all methods free if you're 16?

At Teen clinic, we offer all forms of birth control: IUDs, the implant (Nexplanon), the NuvaRing, the DepoProvera shot, birth control pills, and condoms. The only method we don’t stock at our clinic is the Patch (but we could send it to a pharmacy if needed).

If you would like to learn more about the different birth control methods, check out the "Get Healthy" section of this website.

If you have insurance or you're on your parents' insurance plan and feel comfortable using it, you can! But if not, Teen Clinic is either free or very low cost.

If you are 17 and under:

  • You can receive services at no cost! Donations are encouraged if possible.
     

If you are 18 or 19:

  • You can receive services at a low cost. On our sliding fee scale, most services will be $0, but some services will be $5-50 based on your income and the type of service you're seeking.

I had sex for the first time and I'm terrified of getting pregnant. I used protection but I'm still scared. How long do I have to wait to get a pregnancy test?

The earliest that you can take a pregnancy test and get an accurate result is 14 days after the sexual contact.

Remember, depending on the method of protection you used (and whether you used it correctly), you can be up to 99% protected from getting pregnant even if your partner ejaculated inside you.

How long do I have to wait to have sex after getting an IUD?

The non-hormonal IUD (Paragard) will be effective right after you get it inserted; however, all hormonal forms of birth control (including the IUD) become effective after at least one week. So if you got an IUD such as the Mirena, Kyleena, Liletta, or another hormonal IUD, during the first 7 days after insertion you should use a backup method like abstinence or condoms.

IUDs (Intrauterine Devices) are long term, reversible methods of birth control used to reduce the risk of pregnancy. They can be left in for a long time and do not impact your ability to get pregnant in the future. An IUD is a T-shaped device that rests in the uterus.

 

There are two types of IUDs: Hormonal & non-hormonal.

Hormonal IUDs release hormones to thicken the cervical mucus and stop ovulation (when the ovaries release an egg) from happening. They are over 99% effective at reducing the risk of pregnancy and last up to 7 years! Non-hormonal IUDs are made of copper, which repels sperm and makes it hard for them to swim. The non-hormonal IUD is also over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy and lasts up to 12 years.

Does melatonin interfere with birth control?

Melatonin is a hormone that plays a role in sleep, and it is available as a supplement to help with sleep disorders such as insomnia and jet lag.

Regularly using melatonin while you're on birth control won't make your birth control less effective, but studies show that it might increase the effects and possible side effects of melatonin. If you take melatonin or any other medications and are interested in getting on birth control, it's very important to tell you doctor so they can review any possible drug interactions.

How does birth control actually stop pregnancy?

It depends! The hormonal methods, such as birth control pills, Nexplanon, IUDs, NuvaRing, and the Depo shot, release synthetic forms of hormones already present in your body to stop ovulation from happening. If no egg is released (ovulation), then sperm can't fertilize an egg to create an embryo. The hormones also thicken the mucus created by the cervix, which makes it harder for sperm to survive in the uterus.

The Paragard IUD, which is non-hormonal, has copper coiled around it. When sperm come in contact with copper, they are immobilized and unable to swim to an egg. 

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