Answers from the Health Educator – Archive 1 (2012-2013)

These are older Ask the Health Educator Questions/Answers from 2012 and 2013. For more recent answers, please visit the main “Ask the Health Educator” page.

Question from December 24, 2013

Do you provide abortion pills ?

ANSWER:  Thank you for your question.  No, Teen Matters does not supply the abortion pill or any other abortion services.  If someone is seeking an abortion, they should research facilities in their area for more information.  To prevent a future pregnancy, this person should also strongly consider starting a reliable method of birth control.  Teen Matters has many FREE options available.

Question from December 13, 2013

why it happens that before having sex ejaculation happens?

ANSWER:  Ejaculation before sex is usually referred to as premature ejaculation.  It is something many men experience especially, as teens and young adults.   The exact cause of premature ejaculation is not known, but it could happen if a person is nervous, very excited to have sex, or may be in a hurry to climax, or have an orgasm.  Premature ejaculation is not usually an experience that men will have every time they have sex, but it is not uncommon.If you are referring to the small amount of fluid that is usually present on the tip of the penis during an erection (getting hard), this is called pre-ejaculate or pre-cum.  This is not the same a premature ejaculation.  This is the body’s way of preparing for ejaculation during sex will and likely happen every time an erection happens.

If you have more questions, please visit Teen Matters or text us at 706-410-8558.

Question from December 6, 2013

ive been feeling sick to my stomache and I haven’t got my period yet and the past couple of months my period has been late could I be pregnant

ANSWER:  The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  The fact that you have still been having a period is a good sign that you are not pregnant, even if it is later than normal.  At Teen Matters, we can provide you with a free pregnancy test and birth control if you are not pregnant.  If you are pregnant, we can provide you with resources you can contact for additional help.  We hope to see you soon!

Question from December 2, 2013

ive been on birth control sense I was 15 and im 19 now and have recently ran out of my birth control is it possible that what I did take befor I ran out is still in my system cause im scared I may be pregnant

ANSWER:  Hi! Birth control only works as long as it’s taken as directed.  If you have not been taking your pills, but still having sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance to could become pregnant.  If you think you may be pregnant, you can come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test.  If you are not pregnant, you may be able to restart your birth control at that time.  If you are pregnant, we can give you a list of other resources available to help.  Also keep in mind, that if someone has unprotected sex or a condom breaks and they are not on birth control or have missed pills, they can come in to Teen Matters within 5 days for Plan B to help prevent pregnancy as well.  We hope to see you soon!

Question from November 14, 2013

Hi, I have been dating this guy for months & we have got very into each other & we both are virgins & we plan on having sex but I (the girl ) am not on birth control. Me & him have talked about me getting on it which I plan too & he strongly thinks that since we both our virgins that we won’t get any kind of STD’s and stuff & when I get on birth control he want to cum inside me. I do not want to get pregnant or anything what should I do ! Is that a good idea or what? .We love each other & promised to have sex with one another no one else !

ANSWER:  Hi!  This is a great question.  It sounds like you and your boyfriend have great communication skills and have spent a great deal of time talking about and preparing to have sex.  You two are on the right track in your thinking about birth control.  You should definitely start a method of birth control BEFORE having sex so that you will be protected against pregnancy.  But making the decision to have unprotected sex does put you at risk for STD’s and HIV.   If both of you have been completely abstinent (meaning no vaginal, anal, or oral sex), then neither of you should have an STD.  But, if either of you have ever had vaginal, anal or oral sex with another person, then you should get tested BEFORE having sex.   Although you two are very much in love, having sex without a condom is still risky.  Being in love means that you want to protect each other and using condoms is a great way to express that you want to protect each other’s health.  Agreeing to have sex with only each other is another really great way to add more protection against STD’s and HIV in your relationship, in addition to using condoms.  Using condoms along with birth control also adds more protection against pregnancy too!  So the best idea would be to get on a method of birth control and use condoms each and every time you have sex.  Teen Matters has free birth control, condoms, and STD testing and treatment available…..we hope to see you soon!

Question from October 16, 2013

Hi, im 16 years old and im a virgin. I have started talking a guy he has convinced me to have sex with him. We are on/off so i dont know when the time will come, but i do want to be ready. We both have condoms but i want to make sure that nothing could happen. My parents would freak! Lol. Im looking into birth control, but i dont know which kind, and im very nervous! If i came to teen matyers how would the visit work? Could you help me pick the right kind for me?

ANSWER:  Hi!  This is a very good question.  It sounds like you and him have spent a lot of time talking about this and I think that is great!  It shows that you all have good communication which is important in any relationship.  But be sure you are making the decision for yourself and not because “he has convinced” you.   You also mentioned that you two were “on/off”; if there are other issues in your relationship that cause stress and break-ups, it would be best if you two worked through those issues BEFORE making the decision to have sex.

If you do make the decision to have sex, you are right on track with your thinking…you need to use birth control and condoms each and every time.  Being on a reliable method of birth control will give you protection against pregnancy and Teen Matters has many different kinds to choose from.  We also have free condoms available and we can even show you how to use them properly so they will have a less chance of breaking.  Remember, only abstinence and condoms can provide protection against STD’s.  It also helps to reduce the risk of STD’s if both people in the relationship are monogamous.  This means that both people have agreed to only have sex with each other.

A first time visit at Teen Matters is usually pretty stress-free.  You will spend some time watching a video and talking with a Health Educator about the different methods of birth control, how they should be taken, and which one will work best for you.  Afterwards, you will see the nurse.  You will give her a urine sample, which will be tested for pregnancy, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.  Once you and the nurse spend a little more time talking she will give you the birth control you decided on (usually a 3 month supply)…and that’s it!  We will allow you to decide for yourself which birth control you would like to try, but we can help you with that decision.  And if at any time you would like to change your birth control, you can do that as well.

I am extremely proud of you for really thinking this decision through and making responsible choices to protect yourself from pregnancy and STD’s!  And remember…there is no rush to have sex.  If you’re not ready, tell him.  I hope this answers your questions and we hope to see you soon!

Question from September 12, 2013

Are there volunteer opportunities at any of the Athens offices? I’m 24 years old, would like to eventually go to school for health care, and would be happy for any volunteer experience that helps people directly.  Thank you!

ANSWER:  This another great question!  Teen Matters does have volunteer and internship opportunities available. Anyone interested should visit the Northeast Health District webpage and click the “Internships” link in the top right corner.  Once the form is completed and submitted, you will be contact by someone who may be able to accommodate you.  Be sure to mention that you would like to be placed with Teen Matters.  Good luck and we hope to hear from you soon!

Question from August 22, 2013

Are y’all Std test accurate ? & would they tell if I had Pid ?

ANSWER:  An STD Test at Teen Matters includes testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, and HIV.  During this exam, the nurse will also be able to detect other infections, such as yeast and  Bacterial Vaginosis.  PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease is a set of symptoms that typically happens when Chlamydia or Gonorrhea is left untreated in women.  There are no particular bacteria or germs that cause PID so there is no specific test for it. If a young woman has symptoms of PID (usually severe abdominal pain) and she tests positive for Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, then the nurse may be able to diagnose her as having PID and provide her with treatment.  Our nurses are highly skilled at performing these exams and the laboratory testing is highly accurate.  If you think you have PID or any other type of infection, come into Teen Matters for an exam.  It is very important that anyone with an STD be treated as soon as possible to prevent permanent damage like infertility or not being able to have children.  Hope to see you soon!

Question from August 4, 2013

If a girl is upset because she thinks no one loves her but if one of her male friends says she loves her, what would happen?

ANSWER:  Many people, especially those going through puberty, have a tendency to experience loneliness.  Even adults from time to time may feel lonely; this can a painful experience for some one of any age.  If she feels that no one loves her, it is important for the friends and family in her life to express how much they do care for her.  If a male friend wants to express his love for her, he should be sure to send the right message as to not confuse her.  He should be sure to differentiate between conveying that he “loves her” (as a friend) which may not mean that he’s “in love with her” (in a romantic way).  But most importantly, he should express his love to her by being a support system as she deals with her emotions.  It is also possible that she may suffer from depression or another mental illness.  He should help her find resources that may be able to help her work through the emotions she’s experiencing.  Perhaps speaking with a school counselor or therapist would be a good place to start.

It’s hard to predict “what would happen”, but her knowing that someone cares for her and wants her to get the help she may need, could be a step towards her feeling more loved.

Question from July 24, 2013

i need answer to my questions about ovulation

ANSWER:  Ovulation is the point in a female’s menstrual cycle when she releases an egg (or eggs) from her ovary.  For most females, an egg is released about once a month, but the exact day of the release will vary from person to person.  If a young woman has unprotected sex around the time of her ovulation and she is not on a form of birth control, she runs the risks of becoming pregnant.  If she does not become pregnant, the egg will be absorbed and leaves the body during menstruation (her period).  I hope that this answers your question about ovulation.  If it does not, please ask another question or contact a Health Educator at one of our Teen Matters locations.

Question from July 11, 2013

Hello,
I was wondering about what would happen during my visit to Teen Matters if I were to get birth control. Would I have to take a pregnancy test? And if so, would it be the blood test or the regular HPT? I would like to come in sometime soon to talk about getting birth control.

ANSWER:   Hi!  This is a great question, because many people wonder what will happen during their first visit to Teen Matters.  When a young lady comes in to start birth control, we try to keep her visit fairly short; it only takes about 30 minutes.  First, she will meet with a clerk or Health Educator that will go over some basic information and have her complete a few forms.  If a Health Educator is available, she will then answer any questions the patient may have about the different types of birth control available to help her decide which method will work best.  There may be watch a short video on the different methods to help with this decision as well.  Then, the nurse will call the patient back to her room.  Every patient that starts birth control will be tested for pregnancy, gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.  All of these tests are performed through a urine sample.  This makes the first visit much easier because there is NO EXAM, meaning, the patient does not have to get undressed during her first visit (unless she his having symptoms of an infection).  The pregnancy test results are available within a few minutes and if the results are negative, the patient will be given the birth control that she and nurse decided on.  The gonorrhea and Chlamydia test results take about two weeks and the patient would have to come back into the clinic to obtain them.    If either of those results is positive, the patient can return for additional testing and treatment.  Most patients return in 3 months for their birth control refill and at that time they will receive a full exam where they will be tested for gonorrhea, Chlamydia, HIV, receive a breast exam, and get more birth control.  Although this visit does require the patient to get undressed, it is only performed once a year!  All of these exams, tests, and birth control are FREE!  We can even text patients a reminder when it’s time for their next appointment!  We hope to see you soon!

Question from July 10, 2013

My girl friend and I had sex the condom broke and I ejaculated as soon as it broke I’m terrified she just missed her period for a week now and pregnancy test says no but we had sex again and once again it broke We are wanting to get plan b and birth control but we have limited money please help us!

ANSWER:  Condoms are very good at protecting against pregnancies and STD’s when used correctly and I am so happy to hear that you and your girlfriend were trying to be responsible by using them!  But, unfortunately, many people do have the experience of having condoms break during sex.  This is usually because they are not put on correctly.  Be sure to read the instructions included in the condom package to learn how to use it correctly or stop by Teen Matters for a demonstration.

Plan B is available for purchase at your local pharmacy, but it is also available for FREE at Teen Matters.  In order for it to work most effectively, it must be taken within 3 days (72 hours) of unprotected sex.  If she took the pregnancy test less than 2 weeks after the condom broke, the results will likely not be accurate.  If she still has not started her period, she should take another pregnancy test.   I am happy to hear that you and your girlfriend have discussed starting a method of birth control.  This tells me that you two really want to avoid being pregnant and have great communication in your relationship.   When she takes another pregnancy test, and if the results are still negative, she should visit Teen Matters as soon as possible to get started on a FREE method of birth control.  One of the great things about young ladies being on a method of birth control is that in the event unprotected sex happens, there is no need to worry about pregnancy!  I hope to see both of you soon!

Question from July 4, 2013

I didn’t get my period last month. I took a pregnancy test last week, it said that I wasn’t pregnant. But I still haven’t got my period yet. I’m worried that I might be pregnant. I don’t feel like I might be. What should I do?

ANSWER:  Pregnancy tests can take about 2 weeks after unprotected sex before they give an accurate result.  Some symptoms of pregnancy may include nausea, breast tenderness, and fatigue or being tired, but not everyone will experience these symptoms.   If you took the pregnancy at least 2 weeks after having unprotected sex, then the negative result likely means you are not pregnant.   If you took the pregnancy test less than 2 weeks after unprotected sex,  you will need to take another one for a more accurate result.

Some forms of birth control can also cause someone to not have a period.  If you are on a method such as the Depo-Provera shot, Nexplanon, or an IUD, not having a period is common and there is no need to worry.  One of the great things about using birth control correctly is that even if unprotected sex happens, the person is protected against pregnancy, although they are still at risk for STD’s.   If someone is not on birth control and they have unprotected sex, they should take Plan B (also known as the morning after pill) within 72 hours (3 days) to prevent pregnancy.  Plan B is available at Teen Matters for FREE as well as your local pharmacy for purchase.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you should come into Teen Matters to discuss your options to prevent pregnancy.  Birth control is also FREE at Teen Matters.

There could also be other medical reasons as to why a person may have irregular periods.  If you continue to not have a period, you may need to make an appointment with a gynecologist to determine what is going on with your body.

Question from July 1, 2013

I have very irregular periods. They come like every 6 to 8 months. Im not on any type of birth control. And im just now started having sex.  I had sex about 2 weeks ago with protection of course but the condom broke. I took a pregnacy test a couple days ago and i wanted to know  if i could be pregnant

ANSWER:  If a young woman is not on a form of birth control and a condom breaks or unprotected sex happens, Plan B (the morning after pill) is available to help prevent pregnancy. But in order for it to work best, it must be taken within the first 72 hours (3 days).  Plan B is NOT the same as the abortion pill; if someone is already pregnant and they take Plan B, the pregnancy WILL NOT be aborted.  It can take about 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to be “positive” or “negative” after unprotected sex, so it is likely that the test you took a couple of days ago was accurate.  If it was negative, you are likely not pregnant; if it was positive, you are likely pregnant.

It is great that you and your partner attempted you use a condom!  It shows that you both take your health and safety seriously.  One of the most common reasons that condoms break is because they were used incorrectly.  In every condom box there are instructions on how to use a condom properly; you and your partner should read this together.  If you are still unsure of how to properly use a condom, visit Teen Matters for a demonstration.

Since you are now sexually active, it is very important for you to continue to use condoms to prevent STD’s  AND be on a method of birth control to prevent pregnancy.  Because you have irregular periods, you may need to visit a Gynecologists’ Office.  Teen Matters has many FREE birth control options and Plan B available as well.  Plan B is also available for purchase at your local pharmacy. Now people of ANY age can purchase Plan B.  Stop by one of our clinics for a tour or more information!

Question from July 1, 2013

Im a female and i started having sex but im not sure on what i suppose to feel?

ANSWER:  Sexual experiences are different for everyone.  There is no way to describe what or how a person should feel; it varies from person to person.  If a person ever feels afraid or forced into a sexual experience, it could mean they are not in a safe situation and need to tell someone.  If someone is uncomfortable or unsure about their sexual experience, it could mean they are not ready for that type of relationship and may need to wait before having sex again.  The most important part of any relationship is communication.  It is very important for you to talk with your partner so that you both can agree on the type of relationship you will have.

Now that you are sexually active, you and your partner both have the responsibility of protecting yourselves and each other from STD’s and pregnancy (pregnancy only if your partner is male).  Using condoms correctly EVERYTIME you have sex, is one of the best ways to prevent STD’s and you being on a method of birth control is one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy.  Using BOTH at the same time is even BETTER!  Both partners being monogamous (only having sex with each other) is also a good way to prevent STD’s.  Teen Matters has both FREE condoms and birth control available.  Feel free come into any of our locations for FREE and Confidential services!

Question from June 20, 2013:

I think I have a yeast infection, can I go get check to make sure?

ANSWER: Yes!  Yeast Infections are very common in women and can be caused by a variety of things.  And because it is something that occurs naturally there is no need to be worried.  In fact, there are many medications available at local pharmacies to treat yeast infections.  But, many of the common symptoms of yeast infections are also common symptoms of STD’s.  This is why it is important to visit a doctor or nurse if someone notices unusual changes in their body, especially if they are sexually active.  If someone thinks they have a yeast infection, or any other type of infection, they can visit Teen Matters where they may be able receive a FREE exam and treatment.

Question from April 8, 2013:

What if you want to know if you’re pregnant and say you are, but you have no other choice but to go through an abortion. Do you need parental consent?

ANSWER: Parental consent for an abortion is an issue that is best addressed by a clinic that provides those services. I would suggest that you do an Internet search or look in the yellow pages for a facility in your area that provides abortion services, give them a call and ask what the requirements are in order to have the procedure, if that is the decision that you have made.

Question from March 22, 2013:

How much does it cost for a pregnancy test

ANSWER: Pregnancy testing is provided at no charge when medically necessary and as part of starting a method of birth control.

Question from June 13, 2012:

Do yall do abortions?

Answer:

Teen Matters clinics provide confidential health services for youth ages 11 to 19 in a teen-friendly environment. We have five locations in four counties (two in Athens, one in Danielsville, one in Jefferson, one in Elberton), plus a related clinic called ACES in Monroe, Georgia.

Services provided include: access to free condoms and other forms of birth control (birth control pills, Depo-Provera shot, Nuva ring, Plan B emergency contraception), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV tests, pregnancy tests, pap smears, immunizations (including the HPV/cervical cancer prevention shot), relationship advice, nutrition and exercise advice, help with decision-making, and abstinence education.

If you have additional questions please ask. Thank you.

Question from June 14, 2012:

Hello! I wanted to come to teen matters to get birth control pills for my menstrual cycle, and I wanted to know if I would be asked if I were sexually active or not. Thank you!

Answer:

As a part of the sexual health history, patients are typically asked about their sexual activity. However, all conversations and services at Teen Matters are confidential.

A lot of young people worry that we will tell their parents that they have visited Teen Matters or used our services. It is against state law for us to inform parents that you’ve visited Teen Matters or used our services unless you give us written permission.
Although parents are welcome at our clinics and we encourage parental involvement, we know that not every young person feels safe or comfortable talking to his or her parents. We always respect the privacy of our patients, and we don’t share your information with anyone without your permission.

We hope to see you in our clinic soon!

Question from June 27, 2012:

I had my period two weeks ago, but i have thrown up a lot the past day, i’ve been crying, I can’t keep any food down, my breasts are sore and I’m super exhausted. I am wondering if these could be early pregnancy symptoms.

Answer:

The symptoms that you have described can be the early signs of pregnancy. However, these signs and symptoms are not unique to pregnancy. Some can indicate that you’re getting sick or can be attributed to some other reason. Likewise, you can be pregnant without experiencing any of these signs and symptoms. The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is with a pregnancy test. You may choose to take an at home pregnancy test or come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test and also discuss birth control options. No appointment is necessary – hope to see you soon!

Question from July 5, 2012:

I’m scared I might be pregnant and I don’t know if it is too soon to test. I had sex 2 weeks ago and the condom broke. And i have been having weird cramps but they are not period cramps.. so when should I test?

Answer:

Generally, a pregnancy test should be done 7 to 10 days after your missed period. Pregnancy tests are designed to tell if your body contains a hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) that is produced right after a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. This usually happens — but not always — about six days after fertilization. If you’re pregnant, levels of hCG continue to increase rapidly, doubling every two or three days. You may choose to take an at home pregnancy test or come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test and also discuss birth control options.

In good health,
The Health Educator

Question from July 12, 2012:

Does plan b cause your period to be late?

Answer:

A more common side effect of taking plan B is irregular menstrual bleeding. Some women may experience spotting after taking plan B. The majority of women will have their next menstrual period at the expected time or early. When plan B is used repeatedly (more than once within a menstrual cycle, or more than occasional once-a-month use), menstrual changes may occur, including a shorter or longer cycle and a heavier or lighter period. However, if your period is over a week late, or you haven’t had a period within three weeks of taking plan B, it is possible that you are pregnant and you should come in to Teen Matters to have a pregnancy test done and to also discuss birth control options.

In good health,
The Health Educator

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