Answers from the Health Educator – Archive 2 (2014-June 2015)

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Question from June 29, 2015

Hello, My mom is wanting to put me on birth control specifically the Nexplanon implant. She wants me to be prepared for the just in case. Would it be required for me to get a Pelvic exam if i’m a virgin and have never done anything sexual? Or do i just come in provide my health information and then get put on it? please and thank you

ANSWER: Hi! You would not have to get pelvic exam unless you are having problems such as itching, burning, or a discharge. The nurse would perform an annual exam on you which includes checking your heart sounds, a breast exam and being tested for pregnancy, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia through a urine sample, as well as HIV. If she is able based on your test results and health history, she will insert the implant that day. The visit will last about an hour. You do need an appointment to have the Nexplanon inserted. Please call or text your nearest clinic to make an appointment.

Question from June 24, 2015

I’ve been on birth control for 8 days but had unprotected sex, should I still take plan b?

ANSWER: It takes 7 days for birth control to become effective. If you had unprotected sex on day 8, you are likely protected against pregnancy. If you had unprotected sex before 7 days, you may be at risk for pregnancy. Plan B must be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex. If it has been less than five days, please come in as soon as possible for Plan B. If it has been more than 5 days, wait 2 weeks and then take a pregnancy test. If you have more questions, please text or call your nearest clinic.

Question from June 23, 2015

A while ago I got the birth control implant and I know that it is 99.9% effective, my periods have always been irregular but I usually get my periods around the beginning or ending of a month. I haven’t had my period yet and i have been having sex using a condom. Is there any chance that i could possibly be pregnant?

ANSWER: One of the side effects of the implant is missed or irregular periods.  Many women experience no periods the entire time they are on the implant. Some may have light spotting or bleeding every few months. So, chances are you are not pregnant. You’re just experiencing missed periods due to the implant, which is normal. If you are really worried about pregnancy, you could take a pregnancy test just to be sure.

Question from June 19, 2015

My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex exactly one week after I got the nexplanon implant. How effective is it at that point at preventing pregnancy?

ANSWER: The implant is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy 7 days after insertion.  But remember that anytime a person has sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance pregnancy could happen. Since you have the implant the chances of you becoming pregnant are extremely small. If you are worried, take a pregnancy 2 weeks after this particular incident.

Question from June 3, 2015

I have history of irregular periods. Sept 3 2014 was the last period I had for that year. First period of 2015 was April 10 lasting the normal 5 days. Next was May 8 lasting normal 5 days. I have been sexually active unprotected. I had sex protected May 29. June 1 I started bleeding but was very light. June 2 even lighter and by end of day its gone. I am supposed to have my period June 5. What just happened?

ANSWER: It appears that you had a period in June, but it just happened to be a very light and short period. Since you have a history of irregular periods, it is likely that you may continue to have missed periods even though you had a regular cycles in April, May and June. Although your periods may be irregular, that does not mean that you cannot become pregnant. If you are not on a method of birth control, it would be best for you to start one to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. If you are on a method of birth control, such as the shot, the implant, or the IUD, irregular periods are a normal side effect. Teen Matters offers free pregnancy tests and birth control. Please feel free to stop by and visit us soon.

Question from June 2, 2015

Hi! Well my question is: my husband and I have been trying to conceive since june. I got the nexplanon removed in may. By January I went back to the dr and he put me on oral birth control to regulate my cycle, which they started coming on March 27th and April 17th. On April 17th, a friday, I got my period (lasted 6) but on the 21st, a tuesday, I found out my husband cheated so unfortunately I slept with someone else. I know two wrongs don’t make a right and I regret it. On the 22nd my husband decided to work things out and we agreed to try, he knew about what I did as well. My husband and I had sex on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th. On the 27th I ovulated, which is a monday. I ovulated on day 10 that cycle. On the 17th my period never came. And I got a positive pregnancy test. Could it be from that guy? If we had intercourse on a Tuesday and I ovulated on the following monday?

And I did have sex with my husband on the 27th, 28th and 29th..

I got my period March 17th and April 17th.

ANSWER: If you had sex with both your husband and the other man after your last period, then it may not be possible to tell who the father is. Unless you took an ovulation test, it is impossible to know exactly when you ovulated. Since sperm can live inside the body for a few days, if you ovulated a few days before or after the 21st, it is possible that sperm from both your husband and the other man could have been present in your body and either could have fertilized the egg. The only way to be sure who the father is would be to take a paternity test after the baby is born.

Question from May 28, 2015

Hi my last period was December 18 2014 and didn’t had sex until january 7 2015 when did I get pregnant

ANSWER: The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You are pregnant, you could have become pregnant on or around the 7th or any time after that if you continued to have sex.  If you are on a method of birth control like the Implant, Mirena, or Depo, missed or skipped periods are a normal side effect.   If you have more questions or think you might be pregnant, please contact your nearest clinic.

Question from May 22, 2015

If you’re to come in to get tested for a disease how long does it take to get the results back?

ANSWER: It typically takes about 2 weeks for test results to come back.

Question from May 22, 2015

Everything I’m finding on nexplonon shows nothing about contraindications about antibiotic use. Is nexplonon the same as the pill where antibiotics lowers the effectiveness of the nexplonon?

ANSWER: If a person is using an antibiotic, we always recommend they use a back up method, such as condoms or abstinence, in addition to their regular birth control method. If you have more specific questions, please contact a nurse at your local clinic.

Question from May 17, 2015

I was put on birthcontrol (depo) at the end of april. i have had my period for a while and then some days it would leave and then come back very little and it isn’t much, almost like spotting. i have had sharp pains in my uterus and sometimes on my hip ot side, also i have been feeling nauseous some days but it isn’t very bad. can you please tell me what i may be experiencing? is it pregnancy? a miscarriage? or is it just some side affects of the birth control?

ANSWER: Irregular periods and spotting are expected side effects of depo. The pain you are feeling is likely just cramping associated with the bleeding, even though it’s not very heavy. If you notice that this pain and bleeding happens during or after sex, you should come in for a check up. Otherwise, over time you will notice that the bleeding will continue to get lighter and you may stop having a period while using depo.

Question from May 13, 2015

Do u have to come with ur parents

ANSWER: No, you do not have to bring you parents with you. And we don’t contact parents for any reason.

Question from May 8, 2015

it was my first time, I had sex 1 week before I was supposed to start my period, could I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, it is possible that you could have gotten pregnant. Anytime a person has sex, especially sex without a condom, it is possible to start a pregnancy. Come in as soon as possible for a pregnancy test and to start a method of birth control, if the pregnancy test result is negative.

Question from May 5, 2015

I took plan b the beggining of April and had a normal period in march its now may and I still haven’t had my period was spose to start april 27 or 28 I have a normal 28 day cycle. I had unprotected sex the 25th of April and the begging of may could I be pregnant or is it the plan b messing with my cycle

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex, you could become pregnant. The only way to know for sure would be to take a pregnancy test. Since you took Plan B to prevent pregnancy in the past, it sounds like you are not ready to be a parent. In that case, it would be best for you to start a reliable method of birth control. Plan B should be used for emergency situations only and not as regular means of preventing pregnancy. Please come in as soon as possible for a pregnancy test and if the results are negative, we can also start you on a method of birth control. We hope to see you soon.

Question from May 4, 2015

My boyfriend abuses me, but he doesn’t say sorry or anything the next day. What should I do?

ANSWER: Abuse is NEVER ok. Even if the person does apologize, they have NO RIGHT to ever abuse you. Project Safe is a local group that works with teens in abusive relationships. Text them at 706-765-8019 to talk to someone about what you can do to keep yourself safe.  You can also visit www.loveisrespect.org to learn more about the warning signs of unhealthy and abusive relationships.

Question from April 25, 2015

My periods have never been normal so I never know when they are coming. I had episodes of spotting and cramping monthly about 6 months ago and my Dr recently sent me. For an ultra sound and internal. Scope to check for pcos and everything came back normal. I had unprotected sex within the last few days of March and roughly 10-14 days later (I really wasn’t keeping track of dates) I had light pink discharge when I wiped.. This was a week ago now and I never got my period or anything since.. I’ve been really tired for the last two weeks.. Especially when it’s time to wake up I usually can’t get out of bed till noon. Any suggestions?

ANSWER: Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant. The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. My suggestion to you would be to first come in for a pregnancy test. If it is negative, we can start you on a method of birth control so that you won’t become pregnant before you are ready. Just because your periods are irregular, that does not mean you cannot get pregnant. We hope to see you soon!

Question from April 15, 2015

Hi.., i’m 16 and iv been sexually active. My last period was on feb 4. I had sex feb 21 2x that day first time was not protective sex but the second time it was and I haven’t had my period in 2 months. Went to a a pregnancy center and toke 2 test and came out Negative. What could be wrong ?

ANSWER: There are many reasons why you may have missed your period, but it doesn’t sound like pregnancy is one of them. If you are on a method of birth control like the depo shot or the implant, one of the common side effects is missed or irregular periods. From time to time, some women will miss periods due to hormonal changes the body. There are also some women who will have irregular periods throughout their lives. If you have more questions about why you may be missing periods, see a gynecologist.

Question from April 8, 2015

If u haven’t had ur period yet and you’ve had sex can u get chlamydia ?

ANSWER: Yes. If you have had sex, especially sex without a condom, there is a chance you could get Chlamydia or any other STD. Whether or not you have had a period has nothing to do with getting an STD. You can get one whether you have had your period or not. Although, if you have missed your period and are not on a method of birth control, there is a chance you could be pregnant. Teen Matters offers FREE birth control and STD services. Please come see us as soon as possible.

Question from April 1, 2015

in February i had a extremely light 3 day period, in march i had no period. i took an at-home pregnancy test and it came back negative. i also took STD test at the health department, they all came back negative. if i am not pregnant and i do not have any STD’s why have i not had my period?

ANSWER: There are many different reasons why a person may miss or have irregular periods. Sometimes hormone changes, especially common in teens, can cause missed periods. If you are on a method of birth control, like the implant or the depo shot, a common side effect is missed or irregular periods. Some women will also experience irregular periods throughout their lives; that just how their body works. If you are sexually active, it is still important for you to use a method of birth control even if your periods continue to be irregular. You could still become pregnant. If you continue to have irregular or missed periods, and would like to know why, you would need to visit a gynecologist for additional testing and information.

Question from March 21, 2015

If I did my period on the 19 February 2015 and I had unprotected sex on the 1 march 2015 can I get pregnant

ANSWER: Yes. Anytime a person has sex, they could become pregnant, especially if they are not on a method of birth control. Come in to your nearest clinic for a pregnancy test and to start a method of birth control so that you will be protected against pregnancy. We hope to see you soon!

Question from March 10, 2015

Seen my period on 02/10/2015 haven’t came yet and I’m not getting any menstrual signs can I be pregnant

ANSWER: Since today is March 10, your period will probably be starting soon. If you have been having sex, especially sex without a condom and you are not on a method of birth control, it is possible you could be pregnant. The only way to know for sure would be to take a pregnancy test. If you are on a method of birth control such as the shot or the Implant, missed or skipped periods are a common and normal side effect. If you are not on birth control and if your period does not start within the next week, come to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test.

Question from February 27, 2015

Do you have to have insurance to come to teen matters

ANSWER: No, you do not have to have insurance to come to Teen Matters. All services are FREE and we don’t bill insurance.

Question from February 10, 2015

if you started your period on January 18, 2015 and then had unprotected sex on February 7, 2015 and my boyfriend came in me. can i get pregnant from that

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant, especially if you are not on a method of birth control. Plan B can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. Come to Teen Matters ASAP for Plan B and to start a method birth control.

Question from February 8, 2015

We have done sex for 3 time on 8 th nov , though i have used precautions and used condoms bt i also inserted fingure into her vagina which i have touched on my penis before and have not washed my hand before entering my fingure into her. we have also done oral sex. bt we are not sure so she have taken i-pill. after 1 week of that she started bleeding and continued for 3,4 dyas. her last normal periods has came near 2 nov. we again had sex on 27 dec for 3 time and after sex and the situation is same as last time(about fingure wnd oral sex) , bt this time she had no taken i-pill. so near 2 dec which is to be her normal date of periods she bleeded bt vry vry little. again her periods come on 4 jan with heavy bleeding and pain. bt now its 9 feb and her periods has not come. so i want to know is der any chance of pregnancy .

ANSWER: The only way to know for sure if she is pregnant is for her to take a pregnancy test. Anytime a person has sex, there is a chance of pregnancy. If your girlfriend is not on a method of birth control, she should come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test and to start birth control so that she can be protected against pregnancy. We hope to see you soon.

Question from February 5, 2015

I Wanted To Know Could Yall Have ­­­­­­____________ Birth Certificate Ready Today I’m Going To Come And Pick It Up ..

ANSWER: Teen Matters does not provide birth certificates. If you live in Clarke, Morgan or Walton County, you can obtain a birth certificate IN PERSON at your local Health Department. If you live in a different county, contact your local probate court for more information or visit the State Vital Records website to order one online.

Question from February 2, 2015

Ive been reading about Nexolanon and the side effects listed are worryying me. It says that it could have to be surgically removed or cause an infection … or even come out by itself. How can i be sure this is safe?

ANSWER: Anytime a person uses a new medication or device of any kind, there is always some risk. The side effects that you may have read about are extremely rare. We have highly trained Nurse Practitioners who insert the Nexplanons, so the chances of you having any complications are very small. If you feel uncomfortable using the Nexplanon, we have many other birth control options that may be a better fit for you. Feel free to call, text or stop by anytime if you have more questions and would like to speak with a nurse or Health Educator directly.

Question from February 2, 2015

Im 16 and in need of birth control. What types of birth control do you offer, and how do I go abouy getting it? Do I need an appointment?

ANSWER: We have many birth control options available at Teen Matters. They include birth control pills, the depo shot, the Implant and the IUD. If you are interested in starting birth control, all you have to do is visit your nearest clinic; you don’t need an appointment.

Question from January 27, 2015

Yo I’ve got these skin colored bumps on my penis. They don’t itch or burn but they’re like little pimples. Are these fordyce spots or something else?

ANSWER: If these bumps have been there since you were a young child, they could be Fordyce spots, penile papules, skin tags or some other natural occurrence. If they are recent appearances, especially if you have had sex before, you need to come in for STD testing. Teens are able to receive FREE testing and treatment at Teen Matters.

Question from January 15, 2015

Can my son get birth control for his girlfriend?

ANSWER: No. She needs to come in person to get birth control, but he can come with her for moral support. All services are FREE and Confidential at Teen Matters.

Question from January 12, 2015

do we need to bring anything for tests

ANSWER:  No, you do not need to bring anything with you for testing.  All services at Teen Matters are FREE and no ID or Insurance information is necessary.

Question from January 7, 2015

Hello if I’m having a tingle sinsation in my vigina wwhen I go to pee what does that mean? And also some or little irradiated

ANSWER: Hi! There are many things that could cause the symptoms you are having such as yeast or bacterial infections or an STD. It would best for you to contact your nearest clinic to see a nurse. We hope to see you soon!

Question from December 10, 2014

Do you offer abortions?

ANSWER: No. Teen Matters and the Health Departments to not offer any services related to abortion. If someone is interested in this procedure, they should research and contact the nearest abortion clinic.

Question from December 6, 2014

If i had sex november 24,2014 could i be pregnant? And if so when did i concieve?

ANSWER: Anytime a person has unprotected sex, especially if they are not on a method of birth control, they could become pregnant. The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. It is impossible tell exactly when conception happens. It can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days after sex. If you are worried about being pregnant, visit your nearest clinic for a pregnancy test and to start a method of birth control. He hope to see you soon!

Question from December 5, 2014

Hi, my girlfriend just came off of the depo. She started bleeding the day it wore off, and continued to bleed (clotty blood) for eleven days. Is this normal? Should we be concerned?

ANSWER: Yes, this is normal and there is no need for concern. She may have irregular bleeding for several months after stopping her depo. If you are having sex, she needs to be sure to use another method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Although she may not have regular periods for some time, she could become pregnant at any time now if she’s not on birth control.

Question from December 3, 2014

I am sexually active, but use protection everytime. I am tired all the time, and often times it burns when I pee. My period is 13 days late, but I have taken 2 pregnancy test and both have come back negative. I’m not sure what is wrong with me, but I can’t go to the doctor because my parents will know I’ve been sexually active

ANSWER: There could be a number of issues that could cause the symptoms you are having. It would be best for you to visit your nearest teen clinic  for a check-up. Our services are completely FREE, confidential and we won’t contact your parents for any reason. Call or text us today for information. We hope to see you soon!

Question from November 24, 2014

How long does it take to have sex if you got the nexplanon

ANSWER: A person should wait 2 weeks after getting the Nexplanon before they start having sex.  This ensures that the birth control is working effectively and that they are protected from pregnancy.

Question from November 11, 2014

can I the cramps in my lower abdomen be a sign of pregnant if I had sex 10 days ago? (unprotected).

ANSWER: Anytime a person has unprotected sex, there is a chance they could become pregnant. The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. Please come in to Teen Matters for a FREE pregnancy test and birth control (if you are not pregnant) to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. We hope to see you soon!

Question from November 9, 2014

Hello I got on nexplanon on October 10th and everything has been going good. My fiancé and I recently had sex and he did not use protection. This is the first time I’m on any type of bc and I just want to make sure there are no complications.. What are the increased chances that I could get pregnant??

ANSWER: There is a less than 1% chance of a person becoming pregnant while on Nexplanon. Since you have already had your implant for a month now, you have protection from pregnancy even if you and your boyfriend do not use condoms. But keep in mind, the only 100% sure way to not get pregnant is to be abstinent (not have sex) and not using condoms also puts you at risk for contacting STDs.

Question from November 8, 2014

I’m 13 days late on my period but im on nexplanon. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: One of the side effects of being on Nexplanon is missed or irregular periods. You being late is likely just a side effect of the implant. If you waited at least 2 weeks before having sex again after getting your implant, you are likely not pregnant. If you did not wait 2 weeks, come in for a pregnancy test.

Question from October 28, 2014

My period came on last month, n me n my boyfriend had sex the 1st and 3rd of this month. and it usually comes on the last week of the month n it haven’t came on yet could it be possible that my period can still come on this week?

ANSWER: Yes, it is possible that your period could still come on at some point. If you are not on a method of birth control, and your period has still not come on by next week, come to Teen Matters. We will give you a pregnancy test and if it is negative, you should start a method of birth control to prevent pregnancy in the future.

Question from October 26, 2014

What are the different types of birth control offered here and what is the length each of them lasts and everything. Also how long does it take after you start birth control before you can have sex?

ANSWER: At Teen Matters we have several different types of birth control. We have birth control pills that must be taken every day, the shot that is given once every 3 months, the Implant that lasts 3 years, IUDs that lasts from 5 -12 years. These are all free for teens. Because most of these take about week to starting working, we recommend that people either not have sex for a week or use condoms. If you need more information, please visit or text your nearest clinic.

Question from October 24, 2014

Hi,my friend has been having a tough time at school becuase everyone keeps on reminding her of how thin she is and I really wanna help her, so do you maybe know anything that can help her gain weight

ANSWER: Hi. Thanks for your question. Some people are just naturally thin, and there may not be anything that you or she can do to help her gain weight. If you think that her low weight could be due to poor eating habits, you are welcomed to visit Teen Matters to gather more information on proper nutrition. If you are worried that she may have an eating disorder, you need to tell an adult that you trust and that would be able to get her the help she needs. A good people to keep in mind may be her parents, your parents, the school nurse or the school counselor.  You can also click here to learn more about eating disorders, warning signs, and how you can help.

Question from October 23, 2014

I have some bumps on the skin of my vagina not around the hole. Ive had this problem for a while and sometimes it’ll go away and come back. When I pop it only thing that comes out is pus and a lot of blood. It doesn’t itch and im not a virgin. What could this be?

ANSWER: It’s hard to say exactly what it could be without an exam. If you shave your pubic hair, it’s possible that what you see are ingrown hairs that cause bumps and irritation. If this is case, it would be best for you to stop shaving. If you are worried that it could be an STD, come into Teen Matters for testing.

Question from October 23, 2014

Hy.im 20yrs of age n i have a son.i would like to ask if would i be able to get nexplanon and how much wil it cost? Thank u.

Answer: Yes, you are able to get the Nexplanon at your local Health Department. The price of birth control depends on how much income you have, but should be very low cost. Visit or call your local Health Department to ask more questions about pricing and to set up an appointment.

Question from October 21, 2014

How much is it to get a athletic physical.what are the requirements

ANSWER: Teen Matters and the Health Departments do not offer athletic or sports physicals. You would need to contact your nearest community clinic or Doctor’s office.

Question from October 15, 2014

Can you get a nexplanon while your a virgin and what could be the affects?

ANSWER: Yes, a person can get the Nexpalnon even if they have never had sex before. The Nexplanon is very safe and works very well at preventing pregnancy. The most common side effect is missed or irregular periods. If you have more questions, stop by or text your nearest clinic.

Question from October 15, 2014

i am a few days late for my period. i have no sympotms for my period yet I’ve been abstinent and got my period after the last time i had sex

ANSWER: If you have not had sex since your last period, you are likely not pregnant. If you are not on a method of birth control, come to Teen Matters to start one so that you won’t have to worry about pregnancy in the future. At that time we will test you for pregnancy, Chlamydia & Gonorrhea.

Question from October 7, 2014

I’m on Nexplanon but my boyfriend insists on getting the morning after pill just in case we don’t use a condom in the future. Will this cause any issues with my body?

ANSWER: Nexplanon is very effective at preventing pregnancy. In fact, it works better than a woman getting their tubes tied! The purpose of being on birth control is so that you have protection against pregnancy in case you don’t use a condom. Therefore, you don’t need the morning after pill. If you were to take it, it wouldn’t cause any harm to your body, but it is unnecessary. It would best for you and your boyfriend to make sure you always have condoms on hand, so that you won’t have to worry. If you need condoms, they are FREE at Teen Matters.

Question from October 4, 2014

Do y’all give free abortions

ANSWER:  No, Teen Matters does not provide any services related to abortions.

Question from October 3, 2014

I know this guy that says he had Chlamydia and he got treated with Antibiotics. I am safe around him or is he still contagious? Or could this stuff come back?

ANSWER:  Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics. If he got treated and hasn’t had oral, anal or vaginal sex with another infected person, he is still cured.  It won’t come back unless he has sex with another infected person. You can only get Chlamydia from having sex, especially unprotected sex, with an infected person. Simply being around him won’t infect you.  If you are thinking about having sex with him, it would be best for both of you to come in to Teen Matters for STD Testing, just be sure that everyone is healthy.  We hope to see both of you soon!

Question from October 1, 2014

do teen matters still provide vitamins for they’re patients?

ANSWER:  Yes, Teen Matters can provide vitamins for some patients if they are needed.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from September 16, 2014

Ever since I started birth control, my periods have been a really dark brown color. Is this normal? I’m on my fourth pack and each period has been the same. Very short and dark.

ANSWER: Shorter and lighter periods are some of the side effects of using birth control pills. The reason the blood is a darker color is because there is not a lot of blood flowing. When it takes the blood a while to come out, it may turn a dark or brownish color. This is normal and there is no need to worry.

Question from September 16, 2014

Is there a difference in Orsythia and Aviane birth control?

ANSWER: There is no difference between the two. They are just different brand names for the same birth control pill and they will work the same.

Question from September 12, 2014

Is it safe to just use the depo?

ANSWER:  Yes, using the depo shot is very safe and effective at preventing pregnancy.  Our nurses also get a medical history before giving anyone any form of birth control to make sure that it won’t harm them.

Question from September 10, 2014

Is it bad to be having sex with two people? I’m not in a relationship with either of them we’re just friends with benefits. Both of them always use a condom. Is it bad to have two partners?

ANSWER: Having multiple sex partners is a personal choice. But keep in mind that the more sex partners you have, the more risk you run of contracting an STD. It is awesome that you all are using condoms because it greatly reduces your risk of contracting some STDs, but others that are transmitted through skin to skin contact, you may still be at risk for. It’s very important that you talk with your partners about if they have other partners, because that could put you at even more risk. I would also suggest all three of you come in for STD testing, just to be sure that everyone is healthy. If you are female and not on birth control, you might consider starting a method soon to help prevent pregnancy. We hope to see you soon!

Question from September 4, 2014

I’m 18, but I just started college. Is this for high school students only or anyone who’s under 19?

ANSWER: Teen Matters is for middle and high school students. But, your local Health Department will still be able to provide you with low-cost birth control.  Call your nearest clinic to schedule an appointment.

Question from September 4, 2014

Hi. My girlfriend and I have been having sex for a while now (protected). Last Saturday we were safe, but then accidentally put it in without a condom on after already have had sex once. Her period is now late by four days. When should she take a test, and what do we do if it’s positive

ANSWER: Hi! Most pregnancies can be detected after about 2 weeks. So wait two weeks from the date of unprotected sex and have your girlfriend come in to Teen Matters for a pregnancy test. If it is negative, she should start a method of birth control to help prevent pregnancy in the case that unprotected sex happens again. If the result is positive, you have 3 choices: parenting, adoption or abortion. You, your girlfriend, and your families will have to decide what the best decision will be. The nurse will also have a list of local resources that may be able to help. In the meantime, if your girlfriend starts her period, she should still come in ASAP to start a method a birth control. Also, if unprotected sex happens, Plan B can be taken within 5 days to help prevent pregnancy. Plan B, birth control and pregnancy tests are FREE at Teen Matters. We hope to see you both soon!

Question from August 18, 2014

Hello iam a teen looking to get tests doen I havten been felling good and iam sexually active active with my panter and she said she has chlamydia so I was wondering can I just get tested on that

ANSWER: Hi!  Teen Matters does provide free STD testing for anyone ages 11-19. If your girlfriend has told you she has Chlamydia, it is very important for you to get tested and both of you to get treated. Teen Matters will test for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and HIV during an STD Test. We also provide treatment.  Please come in as soon as possible for testing. We hope to see you soon!

Question from August 18, 2014

My period was due Sunday (28 days after my last one started), and it didn’t come. Mine usually comes on time or early. In the past year and a half the most it’s ever been late was by 2 days, and that was only on 2 occasions. Anyways, Wednesday (3 days after I was due) I took an at home pregnancy test, and it came out positive. I wanted to have that result confirmed, so I went to my local health department, and their urine test was negative. They gave me birth control pills, but I haven’t taken them out of concern that their test may have be wrong. I took another at home test Friday, and it was positive too. I plan to take another test tomorrow morning (Sunday), and I have a feeling that it will be positive too. I have had several dizzy spells, and I still haven’t started my period. My breasts seem slightly larger and also slightly sensitive too. I think I’m pregnant, but the health department negative has me confused. If my third at home test I take tomorrow is positive, what do you recommend I do?

ANSWER: Thanks for your question. If your next at home test is positive, come back to the Health Department for another test. When a person is very early in their pregnancy, sometimes the level of hormones that the test is looking for can be lower at certain times of the day, which could give a negative result. It would be best to take the test first thing in the morning.

Question from July 29, 2014

Hey, i am 20 years old, im currently unemployed and im gonna return to school pretty soon but i was wondering how much would it be to start the process for implanon or the birth control shot? M

Thank you for your question.  Teen Matters only serves people age 11-19, but your local Health Department is able to offer Free or Low Cost Birth Control Services for adults, including the Nexplanon Implant.  Click here to locate your nearest Health Department.

Question from July 27, 2014

Do you guys provide antibiotics for uti?

We do not provide any testing or antibiotics for UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections).  If someone thinks they have a UTI, they should see a doctor.  Thanks for your question.

Question from July 24, 2014:

Do y’all have birth control?

ANSWER: Yes, Teen Matters provides birth control, and like all Teen Matters services, family planning/birth control services are FREE. There are several options available for birth control, including long-acting methods (such as implants and IUDs)  that allow for 3 or more years of worry-free protection. We also have birth control pills, and depo shots. Please visit the nearest Teen Matters location to talk to a nurse or health educator about the method that is the most appropriate for you.

Question from July 19, 2014:

What is a dental dam?

ANSWER: A dental dam is a thin, square piece of latex (rubber) which is placed over the vaginal area or anus for oral sex. A dental dam can help reduce the risk of HIV and STD transmission. Dental dams are typically held in place by one or both partners during sexual activity to ensure the dam covers the genital or rectal area. Dental dams are not intend to go inside the vagina or anus and they are not design to prevent pregnancy.

Question from July 16, 2014

At the age 14 what can ovary pain mean

ANSWER:  Pain in the lower abdomen could be caused by many things.  If you notice the pain usually happens a couple of weeks before your period, you could be experiencing some ovulation (when they egg is released from the ovary) pain.  If this pain is closer to or during your period, it could be menstrual cramping.  It is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the pain is coming from without a doctor’s help.  If you are experiencing severe abdominal pain, you should visit a doctor.  Thanks for your question!

Question from July 13, 2014

I started my first package of birth control about 2 weeks after my last period. Should I get my next period on time or will it be late?

ANSWER: Thank you for your question. With birth control pills, your period will usually start some time during the last row of pills which may be different from your usual start date. Because you are just starting to use birth control, it may take some time for your body to get used to the hormones. While your body is adjusting, your period may come on at different times, but continue to take your pills everyday at the same time. Over time, your period will become more regular and come on some time during the last row of pills.

Question from July 10, 2014

Is it okay for my period to start before I reach the last row of my pills?

ANSWER:  Thank you for your question. There may be times when your period comes on before you reach the last row of your pack, especially if you just started using birth control. It can take a few months for your body to get used to the new hormones. An irregular period could also be due to missing pills, medications that could affect the way the pills work or other changes within your body. Just continue to take your pills at the same time everyday and hopefully by the end of the next pack your period will be back on schedule. If your periods continue to be irregular, come in to Teen Matters to talk with nurse about changing your birth control method.

Question from July 10, 2014

Would you prescribe mistoprosol to a patient who is pregnant, but doesn’t have the bodily abilities to actually have a child due to health risk?

ANSWER: Neither Teen Matters nor the Health Department provides any abortive or pregnancy termination services. If someone needs more information about this, they should research local abortion clinics or speak with a doctor. Thanks for your question.

Question from July 8, 2014

Period was 9 days late and only last 4 days . Should I take a test

ANSWER: Many things could cause a person’s period to be late or irregular, but the fact that you had a period is a good sign that you are NOT pregnant. If you want more reassurance, you could take a pregnancy test. If you are sexually active and not using a method of birth control, you should come to Teen Matters to speak with a Nurse or Health Educator. Using a method of birth control will help prevent pregnancy and put your mind at ease about being pregnant. Teen Matters has many birth control options that are FREE! We hope to see you soon!

Question from July 2, 2014

do give plan b pills

ANSWER:  Yes, we have FREE Plan B.  In order for it to be effective, it must be taken withing 5 days of unprotected sex or the condom breaking.  Plan B is also available at your local pharmacy for purchase.

 Question from June 30, 2014

What types of pregnancy tests are offered here? Are they highly sensitive?

ANSWER:  Teen Matters offers a urine pregnancy test. These tests are accurate and able to detect a pregnancy about two weeks after conception. The results are available in about 5 minutes. We do not offer blood pregnancy tests at Teen Matters. Thanks for your questions!

Question from June 29, 2014

Where can i get plan b pill for free

ANSWER: Plan B is available for FREE at Teen Matters. In order for it to be effective, it must be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex or the condom breaking. If you need Plan B, call or text the nearest teen clinic for more information. We hope to hear from you soon!

Question from June 29, 2014

Is it okay to switch the time I take my birth control by a couple of hours? For example if I’m taking them at 10 PM now can I switch to taking them at 8 PM?

ANSWER: Yes, it is ok to change the time you take your pill. If it is only a couple of hours difference, you can start taking them at the new time immediately. If it is more than 3 hours difference, you want to gradually start taking them an hour later or earlier every day until you reach your new time. If you have more questions, please call or text your nearest teen clinic.

Question from June 23, 2014

i am 28 years old and have been on birth control for almost a year now and ran out of pills for 3 days. I remained abstinant while i did not have pills. When after I start taking them again, will I be protected from getting pregnant?

ANSWER: Thanks for your question. After you restart your pills, you be protected from pregnancy AFTER 7 days. So this means for the first 7 days of taking your pills, you must either remain abstinent or use condoms in order to prevent pregnancy. It is always a good idea to get your refill when you start your last pack so that you won’t run out. You may also consider a more long acting birth control, like the Implant or IUD. These methods last anywhere from 3-12 years and doesn’t require you to have to remember to take a pill every day. Your local Health Department has these methods and many more for FREE or Low Cost. We hope to see you soon!

Question from June 19, 2014

Do I need to make an appointment to get other kinds of birth control?

ANSWER: Thank you for your question. It would be best to call or text the clinic you would like to visit. Most of the time you don’t need any appointment, but it is better to call or text ahead to make sure there won’t be a very long wait. We hope to see you soon!

Question from June 16, 2014

So my gf is using nexplanon and has been since January and has had very irregular periods since. We had intercouse on April 17 with me using a condom which didn’t break but it did roll up about halfway but never came off and she hasn’t had her period since and its now June 16, I’m very scared that she is pregnant but we have taken around 6 tests and all are negative…is the sudden missed/stopped period because of birth control or is there a threat of pregnancy? I’m very very scared because if she is there is almost nothing we can do and neither of us are ready for a child. Please help because I’m not sure whether or not I should trust the tests. We took them around 1 month after her missed period except hers were very irregular. Should I be scared she is pregnant and that the tests aren’t working or not picking up the hormone or are they trustable?

ANSWER: Thanks for your questions. One of the side effects of Nexplanon is irregular or missed periods. So, what your girlfriend is experiencing is completely normal. Although abstinence is the only 100% sure way to prevent pregnancy, birth control is also very good at preventing pregnancy. Only about 5 out of every 10,000 women become pregnant using while Nexplanon. And since you two have been using condoms, that provides even more protection. Pregnancy tests are usually accurate and can detect pregnancy about 2 weeks after conception.  Since it has been about 2 months since the last time you two had sex, the negative result that she is getting can be trusted. If you two want to be 100% sure she doesn’t become pregnant, you have to be abstinent. But, using birth control and condoms does provide very good protection against pregnancy and the chances of her getting pregnant are very small. I hope this helps!

Question from June 10, 2014

My boyfriend and I both lost our virginitys together, and he wants to experience “rimming” to me. I know this I quite odd but can he get any diseases from it? And can I as well? I know I have to be clean and other stuff but I just wantes to be safe thanks.

ANSWER: Rimming (a form of oral sex) can have some risks. Because it involves the anal area where lots of bacteria live, it is possible for some of that bacteria to get into your boyfriend’s mouth which could cause nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. It is also possible to spread viral infections, such as Hepatitis, if a person is infected. If a person is infected with an STD, it is also possible these infections could be spread as well. It would be best if you used a dental dam to help protect you and your boyfriend from the spread of any infections. We have FREE dental dams available at Teen Matters.   Also, to protect yourself from pregnancy, be sure to start a method of birth control soon.  We have FREE birth control at Teen Matters too!  Thanks for your question!

Question from June 10, 2014

Can I get herpes, syphilis, and gonorrhea from my boyfriend from oral? we both are virgins.

ANSWER: It is possible to spread STD’s from oral sex, but a person has to already be infected with the disease or infection to spread it. If you and your boyfriend have never had any kind of sex before (oral, vaginal, or anal) with anyone else, then neither of you should have been exposed to an STD and therefore cannot give it one another. But if one or both of you has had some form of sex before and were exposed to an STD, it could be passed from one person to another. The only way to know for sure if someone has an STD is to get tested. Using dental dams or condoms during oral sex can help prevent the spread of disease. We offer FREE STD testing and treatment, condoms, and dental dams at Teen Matters. Thanks for your question!

Question from June 10, 2014

Can I receive the HPV shot while on birth control?

ANSWER: Yes, you can receive the HPV or Gardasil Vaccine while on birth control. It is available FREE at Teen Matters. We hope to see you soon!

Question from June 9, 2014

I would like to come into your clinic to receive birth control. Would I be able to receive the birth control my first visit?

ANSWER:  Thanks for your question.  Most people are able to receive birth control on their first visit IF the nurse can be sure they are not pregnant.   A first time patient will be given a pregnancy test and if the nurse believes the negative result is accurate, then they will receive the FREE birth control of their choice.  If the nurse believes the test may not be accurate, the patient will come back in 1-2 weeks for a repeat pregnancy test and then receive their birth control.  We hope to see you soon!

Question from June 4, 2014

My girlfriend and I want to start having sex, but we want her to be on birth control first. We have decided to come to your clinic to do this, but I want to know if I’m allowed to be with her during the appointment. I know that you guys will do a urine test, and then do a discussion about other health stuff to determine the best option. I’d just like to be there with her the whole time, if that makes sense. Is that allowed?

ANSWER: Thank you for your question. You and your girlfriend are making a great decision to start using birth control before having sex and we hope to see both of you soon. Because your girlfriend will have to share a lot of personal information, the nurse will have to speak with her alone. But it is the nurse’s decision about whether or not you can come into the room at some point. If you are not allowed in the exam room, we have a waiting room you are more than welcomed to wait in.

Question from June 4, 2014

Hi. Me and my boyfriend have been together awhile now and we both want to have sex. We’re both virgins and have had great communication so far. We both agree that I should be on birth control before we have sex. I’ve done research on the different types and I’m very interested in the implant or Nexplanon (i think). Do you offer this at Teen Matters and if so how much would it cost? Also ignition were to come in to receive this birth control would I be able to ask a doctor or nurse my questions and concerns before receiving the birth control? Thank you.

ANSWER: Thanks for your question. You and your boyfriend are making a very mature decision to start using birth control before you start having sex. We do offer the Nexplanon implant at Teen Matters, and it is free! And yes, all of your questions and concerns about birth control will be answered by a Health Educator or nurse before you make your final decision.  You can also text one of our clinics to get answers to your questions now.  Click here to locate you nearest clinic’s text line.

Question from May 20, 2014

Hi I’m a 16 year-old girl and I’m curious about my belly button. Last week I was at the pool with my younger sister and she got to staring and asked me why my belly button sticks out so far. I wondered that myself. Funny part is my sister has an outie too but hers looks like a marble is inside. Mine doesn’t go in at all. It’s like a pointy mushroom on my tummy and being skinny makes it poke out further too. It seems someone asks me about it anytime I’m at the pool. Will it ever go in more or will it always stick out this far?

ANSWER: Hi! Thanks for your question. Our belly buttons are actually scars from our umbilical cords. Depending on how our bodies heal, we may have an “innie” or an “outie.”  An outie is usually caused by extra scar tissue that was left from the umbilical cord. But just how everyone’s body is different, everyone’s belly button is different. They all have a different a size, shape, depth, length, and overall appearance. Because it is scar tissue, it probably will not change very much in the way it looks and you will likely always have an outie. If people ask you why it looks that way, just tell them that’s the way your body is made and you are comfortable with how you look at the pool.

Question from May 20, 2014

Do you do blood tests if the pregnancy is really early? My sister in law thinks she’s pregnant it doesn’t show on a test right now. Do you get results back the same day if you do?

ANSWER: We do not provide blood pregnancy tests. We only provide the urine test. Most urine tests can detect pregnancy about 2 weeks after conception, and those results are available the same day.  Thanks for your question.

Question from May 15, 2014

When me and my boyfriend try to have sex it hurts when he barely goes in , he doesn’t even put it all the way in because it hurts.

ANSWER: Thanks for your question. The first few times a young lady has sex, there may be some pain.   Communication is very important during sex and if you are experiencing pain, talk to your partner about what could be done to make it less painful. Also, be sure that you are comfortable with what is happening during sex. If you are tense or nervous, it could be a sign that you are not ready for sex. If you are not ready, tell your boyfriend and find other ways to have fun or show affection. Pain during sex could also be a sign of infection. Anyone that is sexually active should be tested regularly for STDs. If you would like to get tested, call, stop by or text one of our clinics.

Question from May 13, 2014

I got raped and i took the morning after pill. Im worried i might have an std. How do i know which test to take if i know nothing about the infections. What if i have to take more than one, is it still free or do i have to submit my insurance? Thank you

ANSWER:  At Teen Matters our STD Testing includes testing for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, Syphilis, and Trichomonasis.  If someone has a sore, bump, blister, or wart, we can also test for Genital Warts and Herpes.  All of these tests (and treatment for most) are FREE and you don’t have to submit your insurance information.

Rape and Sexual Assault is NEVER ok!  If you are in need of someone to talk to about what happened, The Cottage is a local Sexual Assault and Teen Advocacy Group that is able to help.  Someone is available to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1.877.363.1912.  It is important to take care of yourself both physically, mentally, and emotionally after your experience.

Please call or text us if you would like to come in for testing.  Thank you for your question and we hope to see you soon.

Question from May 6, 2014

I think I have an yeast infection but I am not sure. Can i come and get checked out? Do you offer the oral pill or anything?

ANSWER:  Thanks for your question!  Yes, we can provide testing for yeast infections.  We also have treatment available in both the cream and pill form.  If you cannot make it into the clinic and are pretty sure you have a yeast infection, you can also purchase the 7 day vaginal yeast infection treatment creams from your local pharmacy.  We hope see you soon!

Question from April 24, 2014

Is 13 to young to data

ANSWER: The age a person begins to date depends on their family’s beliefs and values. If a person is interested in dating they should talk with a trusted adult in their family about what is an acceptable dating age.

Question from April 23, 2014

Okay do y’all offer pregnancy test to 13 year olds i think I might be

ANSWER: Teen Matters offers FREE & CONFIDENTIAL services to anyone age 11 to 19. This includes free pregnancy tests. If you think you are pregnant, please visit one of our clinics.

Question from April 21, 2014

Can I catch gonorrhea from wearing someones clothes?

ANSWER:  Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is transmitted by unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.  It is not possible to catch gonorrhea from wearing someone else’s clothes.  And as a general precaution, always wash clothes that have been worn by someone else before wearing them and avoid sharing underwear.  Thank you for your question!

Question from April 14, 2014.

Today I am one week late for my period. I took a test three days ago and it came back negative. I am going to take another hpt tomorrow morning, but I was just wondering…if it comes back negative as well, do you guys to blood test to see if it would be positive that way?

ANSWER:  We do not offer blood pregnancy tests at Teen Matters or the Health Department.  It can take about 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to come back positive, so wait another week and retake the test.  There could be many other reasons why your period is late.  It could be caused by changes in your body’s hormones or the type of birth control you use.  If you use the Depo Shot or Nexplanon Implant for birth control, one of the side effects is irregular or missed periods.  If you have recently started to use pills, your period may begin at a different time than usual.  With pills, your period should typically start during the last row of pills.  If you continue to have irregular periods and are concerned, make an appointment to see a doctor.

Question from April 7, 2014

i had a period last week with a very brown substance. what could it be? Now its back this week but its light blood.

ANSWER:  Thanks for your question.  It sounds like what you experienced last week was spotting and this week could be more spotting or your actual menstrual period starting.  Teens typically experience abnormal bleeding and periods as their bodies continue to adjust to hormones and mature.  As people get older, their periods tend to become more regular, although some women will experience irregular periods throughout their lives.  If you are on a method of birth control, like the depo shot or Nexplanon implant, you may also experience irregular bleeding.  If you take birth control pills, missing any pills could also cause your period to be irregular.  If you continue to have irregular periods and are concerned, you could make an appointment with a doctor for more information.  I hope this helps!

Question from March 22, 2014

Alight so I got the Implanon impacted September of 2012, I did not have any periods since by body was already used to being on the Depo Shot for so long. February of 2014 I started my period which was unusual to me since I never had a period while I’ve have the Implanon for a year and a half already. For the rest of february I had irregular light periods, a week on a week off consistently went on until March. I then went into Planned Parenthood, they were the ones that implanted the Implanon, I was concerned I was pregnant or something else was wrong, both of which I wanted to take care of. I went it took a pregnancy test, all the doctor told me was stress could cause this and to take Ibuprofen 3 times a day for a week and if it persists he also gave me a months worth of birth control pills and told me to take those if the Ibuprofen wasn’t working. So I took the Ibuprofen, it stopped the bleeding after three days. But then after maybe another week I started to bleed again, i then hopped on the birth control pills hoping for this to bring me back to regularity. I have been taking the pills, after the second day of taking them it stopped the bleeding, this is now my forth day on them and while I was having intercourse with my boyfriend of a year, I started to bleed again and this is the second time that I have started to bleed while having sex with him. I do not think that he is causing me to bleed since we’ve been having sex for a year and sex isn’t painful. Planned Parenthood quick “fix” isn’t seeming so reliable, it just seems like its masking a problem I have been sexually active since I was 13, I am now 19, so I’m not a virgin. What could be going on??? Help

ANSWER:  Hi!  Thank you for your questions.  While many people may not have a period while on the Implanon, one of the side effects is irregular bleeding.  So, although you may not have had a period for several years, that does not mean that you won’t ever have some bleeding while on the Implanon.   Although the bleeding may be inconvenient, it is not harmful and there is no need to worry.  The Implanon if very effective a preventing pregnancy, so you are most likely not pregnant.  There may not be a way to “fix” the bleeding you are having.  It may be something you have to tolerate for a while.  You did mention that you noticed bleeding during sex with your boyfriend.  Bleeding during sex can be a sign of infection.  You should make an appointment for your yearly physical exam or an STD check up if you haven’t had one recently.  At Teen Matters we provide free physical exams and STD check-ups.  Call or text us to make an appointment.  I hope this answered your questions!

Question from March 13, 2014

I don’t know if you can help me, but I might as well ask. I’m a virgin and I have been with my boyfriend for a little over a year and we found out he has an STD. The thing is I want to be with him. I’ve been trying to find information about it and can’t seem to get an honest answer about things. All websites say different things. Is this dumb of me to want to stay and be with him? We are both adults so I think that maybe if we went and learned more about it that it could help me decide what is best. I guess the overall question is what do you think I should do?

ANSWER:  Hi!  Thanks for your question.  Many STD’s such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis, Scabies, and Pubic Lice (Crabs) are all curable.  So if your boyfriend has one of these and gets treated, you will not become infected.  If he has an incurable STD like HIV/AIDS, Herpes, Genital Warts (HPV), or, Hepatitis, there is a chance that you will become infected.

Whether or not you choose to continue a relationship with him is your decision.  Many people are in relationships with people who have an incurable STD. Honestly and good communication are important in any relationship, especially when one partner may have a medical condition.  If seems like the two of you have good communication skills and should continue to talk with each other about what decision would be best for both of you.

I agree that both of you should spend more time talking with his doctor about exactly what STD he has and how you can best protect yourself if you decide to become sexually active.  If you would like to do more research online first, the CDC (www.cdc.gov) and StayTeen (www.stayteen.org/stis) have very good, factual information on many STD’s and health conditions.  You could also stop by, call, or text one of our Teen Matters Clinics for more information as well.

I hope this answers you questions!

Question from March 3, 2014

what are the birth control/contraceptives you have?

ANSWER:  Thank you for your question.  Teen Matters offers several different types of FREE birth control options. They include the Implant, Hormonal IUD, Copper IUD, the Shot, Pills, and the Vaginal Ring.  All of these methods are SAFE to use and very EFFECTIVE.  The Implant and IUD’s are considered long term methods of birth control that last anywhere from 3 years (Implant) to 5-12 years (IUD’s).  We recommend these options because they are the most effective at preventing pregnancy.  Visit or text a Teen Matters location to speak with a Health Educator or Nurse about which option may work best for you.  StayTeen.org is another great website that has more information on different birth control options that could also help you decide which method may work best for you.  We hope to see you soon!

Question from February 25, 2014

Do you guys give the 4x a year period birth control?

ANSWER:  Thank you for your question.  Teen Matters does not offer this birth control option, although we have many other safe, effective, and FREE options available.  If someone is interested in this method of birth control, they should see a doctor.

Question from January 7, 2014

i need to know if something is normal. I have been taking the nexplanon implant since October 29, 2013 it has now been almost three months. I have only had one period it was on the 19th of November and it was 11 days long which is long for me. previously was on depo which also stopped my bleeding and for about two months in between switching from depo to nexplanon I was on the pill I didn’t have a period then either I only spotted once or twice. I have had pregnancy test in this three month time period and it came up negative I do not think I am pregnant I just want to know if this is normal and if there is anyway to make myself have a period I do not feel comfortable not having a period because I am sexually active and birth control or not I am bothered by this. I do not necessarily want to remove my nexplanon however I am open to it if that is the only thing that can be done. Please help me
signed miss period problems

ANSWER:  Hi Miss Period Problems.  What you are describing is COMPLETELY NORMAL for someone who is using Nexplanon as a form of birth control.  Many people on Nexplanon do not have a period for months or even years at a time.  Although many people see having a period as a reassuring sign that their body is operating “normally”, not having a period is NOT harmful to the body and there is no medically necessary reason for a person to have a period.  When a female has a period, it is her body shedding the lining of the uterus that as accumulated blood over the past month or so.  While on Nexplanon, no blood is accumulating in the uterus so there is nothing to shed.  Having a period is not needed to “clean” the body; the uterus does not need cleaning and vagina cleans itself continuously on its own.  And you are right in your thinking that you are not pregnant; Nexplanon is VERY effective at preventing pregnancy, especially while using condoms.  But just keep in mind that abstinence is the only 100% sure way to not get pregnant.  While on Nexplanon, you may still experience a period or spotting from time to time, but removing the Nexplanon would only way to have a regular period.  Right now you are getting the BEST protection against pregnancy and we would strongly recommend you NOT remove it.  I want to reassure you again that not having a period is NOT harmful to you and there is no medically necessary reason to have one.  If you have more questions, please call, text or stop by Teen Matters to speak with a Health Educator or Nurse.  I hope this answers you questions!

Question from January 6, 2014

Could a girl come in there if she is 20 & try to get birth control or would she have to do something else.

ANSWER:  A 20 year old could not visit Teen Matters. Teen Matters only serves people aged 11-19.  If a person 20 years old or older is interested in starting birth control, they should visit their local Health Department.  All of the birth control methods available at Teen Matters are also available at your local Health Department.  The cost for birth control for adults is income-based and for many patients it is low or no cost.  We may also be able to bill Medicaid or Insurance to cover the cost.  Click here to find the Health Department nearest you.  Call ahead to schedule an appointment and to learn if you need to bring anything with you for your visit.  Also, if a teen (11-19 years old) does not have a Teen Matters Clinic near them, they could also visit their local Health Department.

Question from January 5, 2014

What would a teen girl have to have if she wanted to come in to get birth control & is there an age limit & what time is your hours she could come vist & what would she have to go threw while she v was there?

ANSWER:  Teen Matters serves people aged 11-19 years old; as long as the person falls within this age range, they can come to our clinics.  No parental permission is required to visit and we DO NOT contact parents for ANY reason.  Our hours vary by location.  Click here to find the location nearest you.   Call ahead to make sure you don’t need an appointment.

A first time visit for birth control is very easy and only takes about 30 minutes.  A new patient would first talk with a Health Educator about the different methods of birth control we have available, get answers to any questions she may have, and complete some brief paperwork.  Once finished, she will see the nurse who will ask for a urine sample.  This will be used to test for pregnancy, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia.  Then, the nurse will spend more time learning about the patient’s health and help her make the best decision about the type of birth control she should use.  Once they have decided, the nurse will give her the birth control and that’s it!  She does not have to get undressed or undergo an exam during the first visit.  If you have more questions, call or text the location nearest you!

Question from January 3, 2014

can you come in for birth control if your on your period?

ANSWER:  Yes, a person can come in to start birth control or get a refill even if their period is on.  If a person is starting birth control for the first time, being on their period is a GREAT time to start because it’s a very good indication that she is not pregnant.

 

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  1. i had period twice on december 2014 and once on 5th jan 2015 can you please advice me on how to become pregnant?

    • Neither Teen Matters nor your local Health Department can give any advice on how to become pregnant. If you have questions about fertility, contact your nearest OB/GYN for more information.

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