Answers from the Health Educator (Most Recent)

These are the most recent answers to questions posed to our health educators (after July 1st, 2015). For archives of other Q&A, please visit the main Ask a Health Educator page and click on the ARCHIVE links…

Questions from November 14, 2017

If I got my last depo shot on August 30th is it okay that I got my next shot a little early on November 14th? This would be 2 days before suggested 11 weeks I think.  Is this okay? Most importantly, will this method be less effective because I got it too early? Will there be any side effects?

ANSWER: If your healthcare provider determined it was okay to give you your shot a little early then you are fine.  Receiving your shot early will not decrease the effectiveness of it and will not cause any additional side effects.

If my boyfriend cam inside me on the 10th of November and I get my implant removed on the 15th of Novemeber, can I still become pregnant?

ANSWER: Your implant provides you with birth control protection up until the day it is removed, so you are protected.  As soon as you get your implant removed you are no longer protected from getting pregnant.  Even if you start a new method the day you get your implant removed you will either want to practice abstinence or use condoms for the next 7 days until your new method of birth control becomes effective.

Question from November 12, 2017

I got the Nexplanon in August and I only got my period once since.  September I had sex and I haven’t got my period in October and November.  Should I be worried?  Should I take a pregnancy test? Did the Nexplanon affect my period?

ANSWER:  You were protected when you had sex in September as long as it was 7 days or more after you got your Nexplanon implant inserted to have sex OR as long as you were using a back up method of protection for those first 7 days (condoms or another form of birth control).  Having irregular periods, irregular bleeding, or having no periods at all are common side effects for the Nexplanon implant.  You can take a pregnancy test if you are worried and would like the peace of mind but your chances of being pregnant are very, very low.

Question from November 10, 2017

Hello, I had gotten my depo shot on November 2, 2017.  And had unprotected sex, today November 9th.  Am I protected.  I know there is a 7 day wait.  But I’m on the 7th day.  Am I protected?

ANSWER: Yes, you are protected.  Since you waited until the 7th day to have sex your chances of getting pregnant are very low.

Question from November 9, 2017

I had my first depo shot and my next shot is due on November 14.  I had unprotected sex 5 days before my next shot.  Is there a chance I could get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Each depo shot you receive provides you with 12 weeks of birth control protection.  So having unprotected sex before you are due for your next shot does not put you at an increased risk for getting pregnant.  And as long as you continue to get each depo shot on time you have continuous birth control protection and your chances of getting pregnant are very low.

Questions from November 5, 2017

I got birth control on the 18th of October and had unprotected sex the 26 of October.   I got my period the 26th and I’m worried I could become pregnant should I worry?

ANSWER: Since you waited more than 7 days after you started birth control to have sex your birth control method was effective, so the chances of you becoming pregnant are low.  If you are still concerned or feel as if you may be experiencing any signs or symptoms of pregnancy you can come in to your nearest clinic and take a pregnancy test.

Got my first depo shot on October 16 and had unprotected sex the same day and he cum in me. can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can still get pregnant.  It takes 7 days for your first depo shot to become effective so it is important to use a back up method of protection for the first 7 days (either condoms or abstinence).  Since it has been 2 weeks since you had unprotected sex it has been long enough for you to take a pregnancy test and get accurate results.  You can either purchase a pregnancy test from the store and take it at home or you can come in to your nearest clinic for a pregnancy test.

Question from November 1, 2017

Hello so I got my second depo shot on the 30th in the morning and I had unprotected sex on the 31st last night.  I got my 1st shot in July and missed it so I had blood I also had to reschedule it and it wasn’t on my period. I want to know if there’s a possibility I may have done it too soon and if I was supposed to wait 7 days.

ANSWER: It sounds like you think you got your second depo shot late and missed your two week window to get it on time.  If that is the case, then yes you were supposed to wait 7 days for your depo to become effective before having unprotected sex.  If you have concerns about becoming pregnant, you can wait until it has been two weeks and take a pregnancy test.

Question from October 31, 2017

Hello I just had some questions.  I recently lost my virginity about a month ago.  I had my period on the 13th of October and it ended on the 21st of October.  On the 23rd of October I had gotten the depo shot.  Now it has been a week and this is my second time having sex.  It was unprotected and he had cum inside me.  Can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Your first depo shot becomes fully effective after 7 days so since you waited 7 days since you got your depo shot your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  Just remember that the only form of birth control that is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy is abstinence.

Question from October 29, 2017

I had sex a week or more after my third Depo Provera shot, which was three days late.  I took Plan B because our condom broke, within two hours.  I had a week and a half of blood/spotting.  More than light spotting, less than a normal period. Also I’ve been spotting continually two/three weeks following.  Could I be pregnant, and what are the chances of it?

ANSWER: If it was 7 days or more after your Depo shot when you had sex then your Depo shot was fully effective and your chances of getting pregnant are very low.  If it was less than 7 days when you had sex and the condom broke you still took a Plan B so your chances of becoming pregnant are low.  The spotting and prolonged period may be the result of the hormones from the Plan B and Depo shot.  Since it has been 2 weeks since you had sex and the condom broke a pregnancy test will provide accurate results if you have concerns you may be pregnant.  If the bleeding does not go away and it is bothersome you can go back in to your Teen Matters or nearest health department and speak the nurse about the problem.

Question from October 24, 2017

I started depo around April 2013 was on it for over 2 years and I quit it cause I kept bleeding for 2-3 weeks straight so I got back on it been on it over a year or so and was supposed to go back between Aug 28-Sept 11 to get my next one but didn’t go back I have took 7-8 test they all come back negative what are the chances of becoming pregnant…

ANSWER: If you never went back for your shot between Aug 28th and Sept 11th and have had unprotected sex since then you are at risk for becoming pregnant.  There is no way of giving you a more specific breakdown of your chance of becoming pregnant because there a lot of other factors that can contribute to your chances of becoming pregnant.  If it has been 2 or more weeks since you had unprotected sex a pregnancy test will give you accurate results.  If it has not been two weeks, then wait until it has been and take another test.  You can take an at home pregnancy test or come in to Teen Matters or the health department for a pregnancy test.  If you do not wish to become pregnant you should return to the clinic to either restart depo or talk to a nurse about other birth control options.  In the mean time, make sure you are using condoms when you have sex if you do want to become pregnant.

Questions from October 21, 2017

Hello I was just wondering if I could be pregnant? I had the implant in on the 16th of October and today on the 21st he cummed in me?  It is possible?

ANSWER: Yes, it is a possibility that you have become pregnant since it had not been 7 days since you got your implant inserted.  If you come in to a Teen Matters or the health department as soon as possible (today or tomorrow) you can talk to a nurse and get a Plan B as emergency contraception.  There will be no way of knowing if you are pregnant until it has been 2 weeks from Oct. 21st.  In two weeks you can take a pregnancy test to get accurate results.

Ok I’ve been on depo since 2014.. If I had unprotected sex Sept 13, 2017 and was supposed to get my shot Sept 14, 2017 and never did now when I eat within minutes I’m hungry again and I drink more and after eating I’m immediately tired could I be pregnant?.. I have taken 3 pregnancy test but I was early in September 2017 and it said negative.

ANSWER: You were still protected since you had unprotected sex before your next depo shot was due (even if it was only a day), so the chances of you becoming pregnant are low.  If you have concerns that you may be pregnant you should follow up by taking another pregnancy test.  You can  take an at home pregnancy test (you can buy them at any pharmacy or grocery store) or you can come in to Teen Matters or the health department for a pregnancy test.  If you are not pregnant and are not ready to begin a family at this time you should consider getting back on birth control.

Question from October 20, 2017

If I had unprotected sex and 4 to 5 days later I go the implant birth control, can I still become pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, you can still become pregnant.  You had unprotected sex prior to getting on birth control so there was nothing to prevent you from possibly becoming pregnant.  Even after getting the implant inserted in your arm you need to use a backup method for protection (abstinence or condoms) for 7 days until the implant becomes effective.  To find out whether or not you are pregnant, wait two weeks from the date you had unprotected sex and take a pregnancy test (either an at home pregnancy test or come in to a Teen Matters or the health department) to get accurate results.

Question from October 18, 2017

I was one week late on getting my depo but i got it today and had sex that day. Could i get pregnant ?

ANSWER: Yes, if you got your depo one week late there is a chance you could get pregnant if you had unprotected sex.  If you are late on getting your depo shot it is important to use a back up method for birth control (abstinence or condoms) for 7 days.  If it has been less than 5 days since you got your depo shot and had unprotected sex you can get a Plan B pill if you do not wish to become pregnant.  You can get a Plan B at Teen Matters or the health department. If it has been more than 5 days since you got your depo shot and had unprotected sex wait until it has been 2 weeks and take a pregnancy test.

Question from October 16, 2017

I got my implant Novemver 18th 2015 , I got it removed October 4th 2017 and got my depo shot the same day , 2 days later on the 6th me and my boyfriend had sex is it possible you can still get pregnant after 2 years on implant then switch to depo ?

ANSWER:  As soon as you get your implant removed it is no longer effective so it was not providing you with any birth control protection when you and your boyfriend had sex on October 6th.  And even though you started depo that day, it takes any new birth control method 7 days to become effective.  So when you and your boyfriend had sex two days after getting your implant removed you were not protected.  You are welcome to come in to your nearest Teen Matters (if you are 19 or younger) or your nearest health department for a pregnancy test.  A pregnancy test needs two weeks to give accurate results, so if you come in Friday or next week the pregnancy test will be accurate.  You can also purchase a pregnancy test from a local pharmacy and take it at home.  

Questions from October 15, 2017

Hello, I had a brown discharge 10th day after my last period , could I be pregnant or it’s just hormonal?

ANSWER: It is likely the discharge was just a little left over blood from your period.  Older blood tends to come out as brownish colored discharge.  With the discharge occurring the 10th day after your last period it is unlikely that it was a sign of pregnancy and is more than likely just hormonal but without additional information (like knowing if you have had unprotected sex or not) I cannot give you a definitive answer.  The only way of knowing if you could be pregnant is taking a pregnancy test.  A pregnancy test will give accurate results 2 or more weeks after having unprotected sex.  If you are sexually active, there is always a chance for pregnancy, please make sure to use condoms when having sex or consider using a reliable form of birth control.  Birth control is always free for teens at any of our clinics and for adults 20 years old and older it is low-cost to free at the health department.

Hello! So I got the implant on October 4th and had unprotected sex on October 13th and he finished in me. I am very lightheaded and dizzy which has never happened before. Am I pregnant or could I be?

ANSWER: Since you got your Nexplanon on October 4th and waited over 7 days before having unprotected sex your implant was effective and the chances of you becoming pregnant while having the Nexplanon implant are 0.0005 (or 5 in 10,000).  Also you would not be experiencing pregnancy symptoms  within three days of having sex so being lightheaded and feeling dizzy is unrelated and you should follow up with your primary care doctor if these symptoms persist to discuss what could be causing them. 

Question from October 11, 2017

I got my first Depo injection on July 18th of this year. 12 weeks exactly from that date would have been yesterday, but my appointment for my next injection is not for another three days. So I am like 24 hours past my “12 weeks coverage” and I just had unprotected sex. I am paranoid… Am I protected? Should I take a Plan B pill? Would Plan B affect my next depo injection?

ANSWER: There are different types of the Depo injection.  If you receive your Depo shot through us (meaning Teen Matters or the Health Department) you are receiving the Sub-Q Depo shot and you have a two week window of when you can return to the clinic for your next shot before you are no longer protected.  So if you received your shot on July 18th, then your two week window to receive your next shot on time would fall between Oct. 10th and Oct. 24th.  As long as you receive your shot between those dates you are covered and do not have to worry about a lapse in birth control coverage.  And although a Plan B would not effect the effectiveness of your next Depo shot you do not need to take one since you are still covered from your Depo shot.

Question from October 10, 2017

I’ve been taking the depo shot every 3 months like I’m supposed to for a year and some months now but my last shot I was a day late on. The night before, I had unprotected sex and my boyfriend came inside me. I know sperm can last 3-5 days and so I’m worried I might get pregnant. What are the chances?

ANSWER:  With the depo shot you have a two week window of when you should come back in to get your next shot on time.  So as long as you got your last shot within that window you are protected. For example, if you got your shot today, Oct. 11th.  You would be given a window between Jan. 3rd and Jan 17th for your next shot, which gives you a two week window when you can get your next shot and not have to worry about a lapse in birth control protection.  If you did not receive your shot in that two week window you can take a Plan B up to 5 days after you have had unprotected sex, if it is too late for a Plan B to be effective you can take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex to find out if you are pregnant or not.  If you are unsure of whether or not you were still in that two week window you can call your clinic and ask to speak with the nurse to find out.

Question from October 8, 2017

I’m on Depo Provera, I got my shot three days late, and I had sex and the condom broke. I took plan b within the two hours having known, what are my chances of pregnancy?

ANSWER: There are a few details missing that make this question difficult to answer.  You should follow up directly with the Teen Matters that you use and speak to the nurse to be sure.  But if you took the Plan B within 24 hours of having sex when the condom broke you should be protected and your chances of getting pregnant would be pretty low.  To be certain, you can take a pregnancy test in 2-3 weeks to confirm whether or not you are pregnant.

Question from October 5, 2017

I haven’t had a period since august 23rd of 2017 I tested negative for pregnancy but I took the test at night && my urine could have possibly been diluted im not having any signs of pregnancy other then my breast feel sore but I’m not sure if it’s due to my period coming any time soon because I do get periods monthly I have another pregnancy test which I will take in the morning a week from now
ANSWER: Pregnancy tests will be most accurate if taken after your missed period or two weeks from when you had unprotected sex.  We offer pregnancy tests at the health department as well as at any of our Teen Matters locations.  You can come in for a pregnancy test and if the test is negative and you do not want to get pregnant at this time you can although discuss birth control options with the nurse as well.  If you are under the age of 20 these services will be free for you.

Question from October 4, 2017

Hi I am a 17 year old girl taking the Depo Vera shot my last shot I got on August 18th 2017 normally when I start my period which is near the end of the shot I would go and get a refill on it and take it again but it is October 4th 2017 got my period is it safe to take the Depo shot this early or should I wait?
ANSWER: You should not get your Depo shot early.  When you receive your shot, you should get a card or information from your nurse/doctor letting you know when you can return for your next shot.  They often give you a two week window when you should return to the clinic or office for your next dose so you cannot get your next dose until you are in that two week window.  Each shot you receive consists of 3 months of the Progesterone hormone to help you protect against pregnancy. Breakthrough bleeding and irregular bleeding is a common side effect for women during their first year or so of getting the Depo shot, as your body is still adjusting to the hormones.  Not having a period on Depo can also be a common side effect but is not guaranteed.  If you have been on Depo for a year or more and this is the first time you have gotten your period early and the bleeding does not stop or you have concerns regarding the bleeding you can always call your clinic/office to speak with a nurse.  If you use one of our Teen Matters clinics you can stop by at your convenience to speak directly with a nurse. You can also just make sure to return to the clinic at the very beginning of that two week window to receive your next shot and speak with the nurse/doctor then to discuss any concerns.

Question from October 3, 2017

Ok I got my shot around i would say November 2016 and I was due for my second depo shot in January but I did not go. I read that it can take some women up to 4-8 months before their periods come back regular , I started spotting around End of July beginning of August. & then I got my regular period around August 20-25 around that time & was wondering is it possible for me to get pregnant now??

ANSWER: There is no straight forward answer to this question without you going to see a doctor, preferably a Gynecologist, to discuss this matter.  Technically speaking, as soon as you did not receive your depo shot in January you became susceptible to becoming pregnant since you were no longer on birth control.  The issue at hand is that with depo, for many women it can take several months for their periods to return to normal and for their fertility to return as well.  Having a normal period does not necessarily mean that you will be able to immediately get pregnant but it is a good sign and can be an indicator that you will be ovulating soon.  The only way to know for sure is to see a doctor and discuss this with your doctor.  If you are trying to become pregnant there are many things that a doctor and a Gynecologist may want to go over with you before you begin trying to get pregnant.

Question from September 29, 2017

Hello good day… my period was last august 23,2017… since my husband is ofw i am not on pills since he is not around but surprisingly he announce to me that he was coming home so immediately after i heard the news i automatically take a pill three days before he came home to get me protected… now i havent have my period is it possible for me to get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes birth control pills 7 days to become effective so it is possible that you may be pregnant but there is no way of knowing without taking a pregnancy test.  You can either take an at home pregnancy test (any brand from a local pharmacy) or you can come in to your nearest health department or Teen Matters and request a pregnancy test.

Question from September 27, 2017

I’m 17 I’ve been on the depo shot for over a year and I maybe had 1 period that lasted a week during that time. A month ago I was 2 weeks late on the shot (I still got the shot even though it was late) and since the shot (3weeks) I’ve been non stop bleeding, is that something bad? Or is there anyway I can make it stop bleeding without getting off the shot?

ANSWER:  Call or visit the clinic and let them know you have been bleeding for 3 weeks.  They may be able to give you something to help stop the bleeding.

Question from September 26, 2017

Hello i had a quick question for u. I got my first depo shot on day 6 of my period my doctor told me it should be effective immediately because i got it before day 7. I had unprotected sex 3 days after i got my shot. What is the likelyhood of me being pregnant.

ANSWER:  If this was your first depo shot, it takes 7 days for the shot to become effective.  If you had sex on day 3, then there is a chance you could become pregnant.  It is hard to say how large or small that chance is.  If this was not your first depo shot and you were not late for this shot, then you were protected from pregnancy and the chances of you becoming pregnant are less than 1%.

Question from September 24, 2017

The day after I got the Nexplanon inserted, I had unprotected sex and it was only after then that I was informed that I was supposed to wait 7 days after insertion. The doctor that inserted it never told me that I was supposed to wait a week. 4 hours after I had sex, I took the Take Action pill. My question is, how do I know the pill worked if the Nexplanon already causes side effects. How do I know if it’s the pill is working or if it is the Nexplanon that is causing these effects in me? I’m supposed to get my period before the month ends so if I don’t get my period is it because the pill didn’t work or is it because of the Nexplanon?

ANSWER:    The only way to know if the pill worked or if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. If you don’t get your period, take a pregnancy test.  If it is negative, then you have missed your period due to the side effects of the Nexnplanon.

Question from September 23, 2017

I took the depo shot on June 23rd 2017. I still haven’t had my period and I’m worried . I haven’t had any unprotected sex . My last sex was on August 17th .
Should I just wait for my menses to come?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed periods.  This is likely the reason you have not had a period.  It is possible you will not have a period while on depo and this is not harmful to the body in any way.

Question from September 21, 2017

Hi I had unprotected sex on September 4 my boyfriend came inside me I should expected my period to start September 20 or 21 am starting to worry what shall I do

ANSWER:  Hi.  You will need to take a pregnancy test to find out if you are pregnant or not.  If you are not on birth control, it is very possible that you become pregnant.

Question from September 20, 2017

Had my first depo last Thursday had unprotected sex this morning am I protected ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin working.  You would likely have had protection by Wednesday.  If you are worried about pregnancy, you can take a pregnancy test in two week to be sure you are not pregnant

Question from September 19, 2017

Hi, I’m having my 3rd Depo Injection on 27th September am I still protected from getting pregnant as having unprotected sex with my boyfriend. Had my last Depo injection on 4th July

ANSWER:  Hi. You will still be protected as long as you are not late for your shot.

Question from September 16, 2017

I got my firat depo shot on September 6 and i had unprotected sex last night and he ejaculated inside me and im worried i might be pregnant and i also got the shot about two days after my period had ended if that helps i just want to know asap cause im only a teen and i cant get pregnant

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since you had unprotected sex more than 7 days after your first shot, you were protected from pregnancy and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  But keep in mind that birth control is not 100% effective.  This means that anytime you have sex, there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from September 14, 2017

Hey . I was locked up for 5 months I just started taking my depo shot may 31st And my next deposit shot was Aug31st I missed it so I was spotting n brown discharge and spotting then it stopped . Sep 6 I got out of jail and Sep 7 I had unprotected sex 3 times

ANSWER:  Since you were late for your shot on Sept 7 there is a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best to start using another method of birth control.  If you having trouble getting your depo shot on time, you may want to consider using a longer acting method such IUD or implant.

Question from September 12, 2017

So I had sex a couple weeks ago I’m on the nexplanon (I’ve been on it for 4 years )and we didn’t use a condom and he did ejaculate inside of me. Now I’m bloated and feel nauseated, could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  There is always a chance a pregnancy could happen when you have unprotected sex, but that chance is very small if your Nexplanon is up to date.  If you have had the same Nexplanon in for 4 years, it is no longer effective because it only works for 3 years.  If this is a new Nexpalnon, then the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from September 12, 2017

I started taking the MonoNessa pill on Sept. 3rd and I’ve been taking them everyday at the same time. My app says I’m in my fertile window but I want to have unprotected sex. Is it safe?

ANSWER:  Taking birth control will greatly reduce the chances of you becoming pregnant because you are likely not going to ovulate while using pills.  But this is not always 100% effective.  So while your chances of becoming pregnant are very small, there is always a chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from September 11, 2017

The first date im supposed to take my next dose of depo sub q is in three days and i had unprotected sex yesterday. Are my chances of getting pregnant still low?

ANSWER:  Yes.  Since you are not late for your shot, the chances are you getting pregnant are still very low.

Question from September 10, 2017

My periods come on2nd sep nd i start contrCeptic pill on its day my periods stop after 4days then I stop pill now m again bleeded why ND tell me solution to get rid of this

ANSWER: If you stopped taking your birth control pills, the change in hormone levels could have caused your period to start.  If you want the bleeding to stop, you should begin taking your birth control pills again.  If you do not want to continue taking pills or use another method of birth control, wait a few months and your periods should return to normal.  Keep in mind that if you are not using birth control and are having sex, you could become pregnant.

Question from September 9, 2017

I missed the last two active pills of my birth control last pack. I did not start a new pack right away and bled during the placebo week (which was 9 days instead of 7). I started a new pack on the next Sunday/on time. I had unprotected sex on day 2 and day 5 of the new pack, so I did not have a full 7 days of active pills after the extended placebo week. What’s the risk of pregnancy here? I’m a little confused as to when ovulation would occur, if it would at all.

ANSWER:  There is a risk of pregnancy since it had not been 7 days, but it is hard to say how large or small that risk is.  It is also hard to say when ovulation would occur, especially since birth control usually prevents ovulation.  Take a pregnancy test in two weeks to find out if you are pregnant. If you are having trouble remembering to take your pills on time, you may want to consider a longer acting method such as the shot, implant or IUD.  All of these methods are available FREE for teens at Teen Matters and your local Health Department.

Question from September 6, 2017

Hi I am 17 I have had nexplanon for almost two years and since I have had nexplanon my periods have been a week and a half to two weeks long and then it stops for 2 weeks and then comes back on and it’s been like that for most of the 2 year. So I started my period on July 31st and I had protected sex on august 2nd and my period stopped around the 9th or 10th. Yesterday which was September 5th I figured why not take a pregnancy test because I was feeling guilty and it was keeping me from sleeping at night and keep in mind I haven’t had any symptoms of pregnancy so I took 2 tests and they both came out to be negative but my period hasn’t started yet and I’ve had cramping and spotting a little but I’m getting worried please reply quickly

ANSWER:  The Nexplanon is very effective at preventing pregnancy so the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  Since the two pregnancy tests you have already taken are negative, then you are likely not pregnant.  Irregular periods are a common side effect of the Nexplanon, so you may find that your periods may start at different times than you normally expect.

Question from September 5, 2017

I had gotten my deposit shot in may and was due July to take 2nd shot. Haven’t had a period in August or September

ANSWER:  It can sometimes take up to a year for your period to return to normal after stopping depo.  Also, keep in mind that since you are now late for your shot, there is a possibility that you could become pregnant if you are having sex.  This could also be the reason why you have not had a period.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from September 2, 2017

My periods have been lasting for a month for every other month since I’ve had my implant. Should I be concerned? I’ve had it since I was a sophomore in high school I’m a freshman in college now ( I have the five year implant) should I be concerned. I’m not sexually active but it kind of concerns me. Thanks so much!

ANSWER:  Irregular periods are one of the most common side effects of the implant.  This does not cause any harm to the body so there is no need to worry.  If you find it inconvenient, you can try another method of birth control or visit the clinic to see if they can help in anyway.

Question from August 29, 2017

my menstrual came june 15th left on june 19th started spotting july 6th then after spotted july 29th to august 1st and im a week late for my period what does this mean

ANSWER:  If you are on a method of birth control such as the depo shot, IUD or implant, missed or irregular periods are a common side effect.  If you are using one of these types of birth control, there is no need to be concerned if you miss one or more periods; this is an expected side effect for many people.  If you are not a method of birth control, many factors such as  hormonal changes and pregnancy could cause you to have irregular periods.  In this case, in order to find out what could be causing you to miss periods, you would need to visit a doctor.

Question from August 28, 2017

Hey me and my partner have been having sex for the past week I’ve been on the deposit shot for almost 4/5 months I have a up coming appointment on Thursday August 31 but he cam in me all last week and Sunday August 27. Is there a chance I can get pregnant by the time I go to my next appointment on August 31st.

ANSWER:  Hi.  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. If you are not late for your next shot, then the chances of a pregnancy happening are very small (less than 1%).

Question from August 27, 2017

I had my period on August 7 2017 and I also had unprotected sex on August 12, 2017.I have had pink discharge a few times and including on August 26, 2017 and then I started bleeding. So what do I do is that still a possibility I could be pregnant

ANSWER:  If you are not on a method of birth control, then there is a possibility that you could become pregnant at any time.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.   If you are on birth control, then the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, you may want to consider starting a method soon. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.

Question from August 26, 2017

Hi …. I was late on my shot which was due July 28th .. I’ve been having unprotected sex within those days but I had my period .. I got my shot on the 3rd of august is there a possibility I might be pregnant ?

ANSWER:  Hi.  If you were late for your shot, then here is a chance you could have become pregnant. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having trouble getting your shot on time, you may want to consider starting a long acting birth control such as the implant or IUD.  These options are FREE for teens at Teen Matters and your local Health Department.

Question from August 22, 2017

will i get pregnant if we have sex on the same day that i got my depo shot?

ANSWER: If this was your first shot or if you were late for this shot, it will take 7 days for the shot to become effective and you may be at risk for getting pregnant.  If you were not late for this shot, then you have protection against pregnancy and are unlikely to get pregnant.

Question from August 20, 2017

Hey , is it possible you can get periods while your pregnant ? I’m not for sure if I’m having a misscarriage or a period it’s really painful & have lots of clots , but the pregnancy tests keep coming up negative I’m only 17 could I be infertile

ANSWER:  It is possible to have periods while you are pregnant, but if the pregnancy tests are negative, then you are likely not pregnant.  If you are worried about miscarriages or infertility, you would have to visit a OB/GYN for further testing and evaluation.

Question from August 20, 2017

if you was late on your depo a week then you went and got it then waited about a day and had sex are you safe

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to start working again if you are late.  If you waited less than 7 days before having sex, then you are at risk for getting pregnant. The only way to know if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from August 20, 2017

I been on control pills for months already i switch to the implant one the next day i had unprotected sex he didnt cum in me and im still taking the pill because my doctor told me

ANSWER:  If you are still taking your pills, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.

Question from August 18, 2017

I’ll give as much detail as possible..

Last pill packet, I missed the last 3 active pills and went a total of 10 days without anything. I started a new pack per usual. I missed the last pill of the first week and the first pill of the second week. I had unprotected sex on the third day and took the two pills I missed right after. The next day, I forgot to take the next two pills, per the instructions. I am now currently back on track.

But, my question is: what is my risk of getting pregnant with having sex that one time? Thanks in advance!

ANSWER:  There is an increased risk of pregnancy, but it is impossible to say exactly how much greater that risk is.  Take a pregnancy 2 weeks after the last time you had sex during that pill cycle to see if you became pregnant.  Pills will only be effective if you take them every day, without missing any.  If you are having trouble remembering to take your pills, you may want to try a longer acting option like the depo shot, implant or IUD.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers all of the these options FREE for teens.

Question from August 12, 2017

Hi!
I have been on the Depo shot for about a year I believe. I was in turn to take the fifth shot but the day before I went and switch to the implant. I had unprotected sex with my husband 3 days after. Should I get a plan B pill? What are the chances of pregnancy? Thank you!

ANSWER: Hi! It takes 7 day before the Implant becomes effective.  If you had at least 7 days left before the last day of your depo, then you were protected.  If the last day for your depo shot was less than 7 days away, you will need to take Plan B to help prevent a pregnancy.

Question from August 9, 2017

I just had the nexplanon put in yesterday, but I just had unprotected sex. Should I take Plan B???
I just had my baby 6 weeks ago!

ANSWER:  Yes, you should take Plan B.  It will take 7 days for the Nexplanon to begin protecting against pregnancy.

Question from August 8, 2017

So I had my baby July 22nd, before leaving the hospital July 24th i received the Depo shot,
If I had sex August 5th or late night to to be August 6th with no protection, could I had got pregnant or was my Depo shot already effective?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to become effective which means your protection began on July 29th.  So you were protected by August 5th.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on depo, that chance is very small.

Question from August 3, 2017

Ok so I been on the depo for about a year and a half ish and I stopped it on July 28 that was the day I was suppose to get it again but I never went I had unprotected sex that day and every day until august 2 I noticed on the second and the 3 (today) that I couldn’t keep any food down and I’m constantly tired and moody and tender breasts I don’t know if I’m pregnant or that’s my body trying to get back to normal…..HELP ME

ANSWER: The symptoms you are having are likely due to your body adjusting to not having the depo, but it is also possible you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 31, 2017

Hello. Am 2 months late on depo had unproctective. Sex he cam inside me. 3 times. Is thier a chance of pregnacy

ANSWER:  Hi.  Yes, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know if you became pregnancy is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using birth control again soon.

Question from July 27, 2017

What is the percent chance of me being pregnant I got my first depo shot yesterday and I had unprotected sex today ?

It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since you had sex the next day there is chance a pregnancy could happen, but it is impossible to say how large or small that chance is.  Take a pregnancy in two weeks to see if you became pregnant.

Question from July 27, 2017

I got my first depo shot on July 17th. Then yesterday I had unprotected sex with my ex and now I’m bleeding what does this mean?

ANSWER:  Bleeding during sex could be caused by a couple of things.  It is possible that you starting spotting or having a light period during sex.  Irregular bleeding or spotting is a common side effect of the depo shot.  Bleeding during sex could also be a symptom of an STD.  You may want to get an STD test to rule out this possibility.

Question from July 25, 2017

My depo is due July 25 – Aug 8 I had sex on the 24 and 25 can I still get pregnant ?

ANSWER: There is always a chance a pregnancy could happen if you are having sex, but you still had pregnancy protection on the 24th and 25th so that chance is very small.

Question from July 24, 2017

I had sex a couple weeks before my shot I been on it for 2 years never had no symptoms and never had a problems I was sexually active for the 2 years of being on depo but now I get symptoms Idk why I’m getting them now but I had unprotected sex and he came in me I was late a day on my depo but I have really bad headache and bad pain and bad bloating

ANSWER:  The symptoms you are having could be from many different things.  Since you were one day late, there is a chance of pregnancy.  Take a pregnancy test to find out if you became pregnant or not.

Question from July 23, 2017

My depo shot ran out in April I had unprotected sex numerous times since then spotted June and July what could that mean.

ANSWER:  The spotting could be from several factors. It could be from your body re-adjusting to not having depo in your system any longer.  But you are also risk for pregnancy if you are not on another method of birth control.  If you do not want to be pregnant, you should consider starting another method of birth control as soon as possible.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control for teens.

Question from July 21, 2017

My daughter received her first injection of Depo and had a drastic mood change for the worst for the first two weeks, now that the medication as leveled out in her body, her mood is almost back to normal. Now her MD wants to place her on Nexplanon and explained that there should be no drastic mood change because of her already having Depo in her system. Is this correct? Any one else have a drastic mood reaction? Should I not do the Nexplanon

ANSWER:  People who switch from the depo shot to the Nexplanon tend to have less drastic side effects, but it cannot be guaranteed that will be the case with your daughter.  Nexplanon has significantly less hormones than the depo shot and that is why the side effects are generally not as drastic.

Question from July 20, 2017

I was on the nexplanon method for 2 years due to medical reasons I got it removed on May 17 on the same day I got on depo I only had received the shot once and me and my partner had unprotected sex since then and he came inside of me… could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  If you waited 7 days after getting the shot before having sex, then you are likley not pregnant.  It you had sex before 7 days, there is a chance.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 20, 2017

Got my depo shot at 13 weeks (I have been on it since November 2015) and had unprotected sex a day before and 3 days after my shot. I took plan B today. Is it likely I could get pregnant.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. Since you took Plan B, those chances are reduced.  Take a pregnancy test in 2 weeks to make sure you did not get pregnant.

Question from July 16, 2017

I put on my patch my changing day the week after my period and the next day my boyfriend and I had unprotected intercourse. He pulled out but doesn’t know if some got in me. The next day I noticed my patch wasn’t on I don’t know when it fell off could I end up pregnant? What are the chances?

ANSWER:  Since your patch has not been on and we’re not sure how long it has been off, there is a possibility that a pregnancy could happen.  If it has been less than 5 days since you had sex, you can take Plan B. If it has been more than 5 days, wait two weeks, then take a pregnancy test.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department has free pregnancy tests and Plan B for teens and other methods of birth control if you are interested in trying something different.

Question from July 12, 2017

I had got my iud removal and depo shot for the first time on May 2nd … 2 days after that me and my boyfriend had unprotected intercourse , about a week or two later I started having preganacy symptoms I took a test , one was positive then like 2 weeks later I took another one it was negative . The symptoms im having says it could be from the depo but I’m also having frequeant urination and gas with conspation , I be having twitching at the bottom of my stomach and I used a app to help me figure out how far I could be since that day and its 10 weeks , but I’m not sure . I also took another test today and it came up negative . My bleeding had been light and on and off . I also bleed after intercourse . I just really need help and advice to see if I’m preganant since I only got one depo shot

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to being working.  Since you had sex only 2 days after getting the depo, it is possible that you have become pregnant.  Since your most recent pregnancy test is negative then you are likely not pregnant.  You may experience some irregular bleeding for the first few months after starting the depo shot while your body adjusts.  If you are still concerned about being pregnant, you could visit a doctor for a blood test.

Question from July 11, 2017

I and my bf had unprotected sex on 28th of June and then I took I pill and had unprotected sex again on the same day. Now on 9th of July my body started showing some weird symptoms which I never felt earlier like nausea fatigue stomach cramp feeling of vomit faints headache backache heaviness in my legs and on next day on 10th i got my perioda but its unusual uncomfortable periods followed by brown blood and clotted bloods and its lighter the bleeding is very mild. Its my 2nd day of periods though my bleeding is very lighter and still i have stomach cramp and nausea. I get emotional and irriated easily. It’s being 3 days my body is showing such symptoms. I’m really scared. Should I be pregnant. Should I take a pregnancy test.??

There are many things that could be causing your symptoms.  You may be having some hormonal changes that are affecting your mood and your period.  There is also a chance you could be pregnant if you are having unprotected sex, especially if you are not on birth control.  The only way to know for sure would be to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 4, 2017

Hello ! I got the nexplanon inserted the 26th of June and had sex today ( July 4th ), would I need to take plan b or is the implant working already?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the implant to start working.  Since it was more than 7 days, you had pregnancy protection.  But keep in mind that the implant is not 100% effective and there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen.

Question from July 2, 2017

my implant was supposed to get removed on the 3rd of June I been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend my cycle was supposed to start on the 30th but it haven’t came yet…could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since your implant is past its date for removal, it is no longer working and there is a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from July 1, 2017

Hi, I had my first deposit shot on March and the told me to get back at may. I forgot and my boyfriend came in me so is there a chance of pregnancy?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is chance a pregnancy could happen since you missed your shot.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Please come back in as soon as possible for a pregnancy test and to restart your birth control.

Question from June 30, 2017

I have something to ask because last may 15 me and my girlfriend had protected sex and this month her period is not yet arrive but she took pregnancy test , is she pregnant ?

ANSWER:  If you had unprotected sex in May, have not had sex since then, and the pregnancy test is negative, then she is likely not pregnant.

Question from June 30, 2017

Hi, I had sex on may 3rd. I have problems with my period. They come and go when they please. I can’t keep track of it at all. Anyway I have had the Mirena for two years but I am wondering if I could be pregnant. My nipples are sore and I’m bloated and I have a uti. I have taken 7 hpts and they were all negative.

ANSWER: Hi.  The Mirena is 99% effective so the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  If the last time you had sex was May 3rd, the home pregnancy tests should be giving you accurate results.  The symptoms you are having could just be from natural hormonal changes.  If you believe the tests are wrong, you can visit an obstetrician for further testing.

Question from June 30, 2017

I had my periods on june 6th til June 10th and unprotected sex on june 21st,24th and 28th and my next periods due date s july 5th regularly but now I got my periods on june 30th itself . Is there chance of pregnancy ?

ANSWER:  There is a chance a pregnancy could happen since you had unprotected sex, but since your period has started that is unlikely.  It sounds like your period just came a few days early this month, which happens to many people from time to time.  If you are on a method of birth control, it is even less likely that you are pregnant.  If you are not on a birth control, you want to consider starting one to help prevent pregnancy.  If you are still concerned about being pregnant, you could take a pregnancy test to be sure.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy tests and birth control for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hi, I’ve been given the implant 8 days today and through out that time I have taken the pill to prevent pregnancy during 7 days but, I have been having sex unprotected 3 times during that 7 day period and I missed my pill on the 7th day when we had sex the 3rd time also he came in me all 3 times is it possible I’m pregnant?

ANSWER: Hi. The chances of you being likely are very small, but there is a chance. Take a pregnancy in 2 weeks to be sure you’re not pregnant.

Question from June 28, 2017

Okay so I had unprotected sex saturday but my shots due tomorrow for depo is there a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you had sex before your depo shot was due, the chances of you being pregnant are very small; less than 1%.  Be sure to get your shot on time, so that you will continue to be protected from pregnancy.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hi , so I recently started the pill , I toOK pill 7 yesterday, but I had sex about 2 hours later and the condom ripped , I just want to know of im at risk of getting pregnant or if I am safe
Note : I’ve been taking the pill daily at the same time. I havent missed a single day
Please let me know Asap I’m really worried , thank you so much

ANSWER:  Hi.  It takes about 7 days for the pills to become effective, so you are probably safe.  But to be sure you can take Plan B to reduce the chance of a pregnancy happening.  You also have 5 days to take Plan B, but it works best if taken within 3 days.  Your local Health Department and Teen Matters has FREE Plan B for teens.

Question from June 28, 2017

12 years old got my first period on the 2nd of May for 4 days.
Had unprotected sex five times after my period i got my period again after that.
Took a home pregnancy test came out negative.

Can i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you had your period after the last time you had sex, you are likely not pregnant.  But if you continue to have sex, especially if you are not on a method of birth control, then you are likely to get pregnant at some point.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, consider starting a method. Also, keep in mind that having sex without a condom puts you at risk for STDs and HIV. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 28, 2017

Hello, I had my last periods on june 6 til.Jun 10 and I had unprotected sex on 21st June and on 24th June , and my next periods Wil b on July 5 th r 6th I always have my periods regular . Is there chance of getting. Pregnancy?’

ANSWER:  Hi.  Yes, there is a chance you could be pregnant since you had unprotected sex.  If you are on birth control, that chance is small, but if you are not on birth control, that chance is higher. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  The pregnancy test will not be accurate until 2 weeks after conception.  So, it may be best to wait until it’s time for your period to start.  If your period starts, then you are likely not pregnant.  If it does not start, then you may want to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant and are not on birth control, consider starting a method.  Also, keep in mind that having sex without a condom puts you at risk for STDs and HIV. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 26, 2017

Hi I had been on depo since April 18 2017 but I been having unprotected sex I had unprotected sex 3 weeks before getting second shot could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi.  As long you are not late for your shot, you will have pregnancy protection and will likely not get pregnant.  Keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen. But since you were on time for your shot, the chances are less than 1%. Using condoms will help further reduce the chance of you getting pregnant while also protecting you from STDs and HIV.

Question from June 22, 2017

hi, I got my first depo shot in early December of 2016 my period came in January it lasted for two weeks straight normally my periods last only 4 to 5 days so I thought it had to be the depo shot but was still concern because it lasted that long, I was supposed to go back for my second shot between feb 20 and 23 of march of 2017 but I didnt go back for the second shot because I didnt like the fact that I was bleeding that long so its now june 22nd almost into July and still no period I went to my doctor last month and she did pregnant test and other tests on me they all came back negative.I have had the breast soreness alot feeling nausea sometimes in the morning even when I take my medicine I’m taking metformin , lisinopril and aspirin sometimes I just take my metformin and I dont feel sick or with headaches only when I take the other two pills. my stomach is big and hard at the top and middle but not at the bottom.could I be pregnant and it just didnt show on my Dr pregnancy test she gave me and why hasn’t my period started yet my Dr said it could be from the depo shot . what advice can you give me ? Please Help

ANSWER: Hi.  One of the side effects of the depo shot is irregular bleeding. Some people have prolonged bleeding like you experienced, but it usually stops after the 2nd shot.  Although you are no longer taking the shot, it could still take up to a year for your periods to return to normal.  If you are having unprotected sex it is possible for you to become pregnant anytime.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start another method of birth control as soon as possible.

Question from June 22, 2017

I got my first depo shot on May 15th just before my period should have started, I did not bleed when I was supposed to get my period I then had unprotected sex 2-3 weeks after. I started bleeding on 22 June. What’s happening?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depot shot is irregular bleeding, so you may notice that your periods may come at different times that usual or you may skip some period.  This is a normal side effect of the shot and is not cause for alarm.

Question from June 21, 2017

Hi,I had a baby January 7th and I got my very first shot before I left the hospital January 10th I was supposed to got my shot April 7th but I missed it I spotted brown discharge for 5 days been having sore breast and some dizziness could I be pregnant

ANSWER: Hi. It is possible you could be pregnant if you have had sex after April 7th.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are not pregnant, you may want to consider starting a long term method of birth control like the IUD or the implant. This would give you more time to bond with your baby without having to worry about coming back in for a refill or shot.

Question from June 19, 2017

Hi, I had unprotected sex with my girlfriend from May 31st to June 3rd almost everyday (quickies) and I used the pullout method and didn’t cum either way but precum may have happened and then on June 5th we went and bought a Plan B pill. How likely is it that she may be pregnant? She’s been having spotting and light bleeding this week for the past 4 days and she’s a week early from her period. Could that be the Plan B?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is chance a pregnancy could happen.  Taking Plan B will help prevent a pregnancy for anything within 5 days before taking the pill, so it may have worked for those dates.  But the only way to know if she is pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you two are not ready to be parents, it would be best for her to start using a method of birth control to help prevent pregnancies. Using condoms will also add more protection.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy test, birth control and condoms for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 17, 2017

I got my first depo on my 5th day of my cycle. 6 days later, my boyfriend came in me. Am i protected?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for depo to begin working.  If you had sex 6 days later, you were not protected.  It would be best to take a pregnancy test to be sure you are not pregnant.

Question from June 17, 2017

i got my last shot february 22, i was due may 22 but missed it . me and my partner been having unprotected sex everynight. could i be pregnant due to me being late? 

ANSWER:  Yes. Since your shot is late, there is a possibility of pregnancy.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.  If you are having trouble getting your shot on time, you may want to consider starting a long term method such as the implant or IUD.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy test, birth control and condoms for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 16, 2017

Hey I never received a call back from anyone does thT mean I’m good and don’t have any std

ANSWER:  Not necessarily.  It would be best to visit the clinic to find out your results.

Question from June 15, 2017

If I had unprotected sex, 2 weeks before getting the nexplonon inserted. Can that affect the fetus in any way?

ANSWER: No, it should not cause any harm to the fetus.  Nexplanon has a chemical that is similar to progesterone, which is the same hormone that your body would release if you were pregnant.  But if you are pregnant, it is best to have the Nexplanon removed.

Question from June 15, 2017

I got my first depo shot on my 3rd day of menstruation. After that i had unprotected sex regularly . My menstruation used to be 2 -3 days late and Now its almost 12 days past my missed period. Could i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of depo is missed or irregular periods.  So it is likely that your period is late because that’s just one of the effects of the shot.  It is still possible to get pregnant but that chance less than 1% while on depo.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from June 11, 2017

Does having a withdrawal bleed after taking Plan B mean that it worked and pregnancy did not occur?

ANSWER:  Bleeding after Plan B is effective is common, but the only way to know for sure if Plan B worked it to take a pregnancy test.

Question from June 4, 2017

Hi. I’ve been on the Xulane patch since July of last year. I use it correctly. I got off my period last Monday and had sex the following night and my bf ejactulated in me. I took plan b 7 hours later. Well today he also ejactulated in me. Am I safe? Does the Xulane patch actually stop ovulation?

ANSWER:  The Xulane patch does help prevent ovulation, so the chances of you being pregnant are very small. But keep in mind that birth control is not 100% percent effective, so there is always a small chance a pregnancy could happen especially if condoms are not being used.

Question from June 4, 2017

I had sex 2 days before the start of my period. I am on birth control, we used a condom, and I took Plan B about 6 hours after the intercourse. What are the chances of being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you are already on birth control and you used a condom, the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.  In this case, it does not sound like you needed to take Plan B.  Plan B is for emergencies and  only needed if you were not on birth control and you thought the condom broke or a condom was not used.  If you continue to use condoms and birth control, Plan B is not needed; this is not a medication you take after every sexual encounter.

Question from June 4, 2017

How likely is it to get pregnant if you have sex 2 days before the start of your period?

ANSWER:  Since it is impossible to know when ovulation happens, there is no way to tell how likely you are to get pregnant, but there is chance.  If you started you period after sex, then you are likely not pregnant.

Question from June 1, 2017

I had unprotected sex on Sat May 27,2017 and it is now June 1,2017 I have been having some cramp like pains on my left side I need to know if there is a chance that I will become pregnant my last menstrual was May 20,2017

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  For an accurate result, take the test 2 weeks after this incident; around June 10th.  If you are on a method of birth control, you are likely not pregnant.  If you are not on a method of birth control and do not want to be pregnant, you may want to think about starting birth control.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from June 1, 2017

I had my birth control (implant) removed Tuesday may 30th, the next day may 31st I had unprotected sex and he came inside me. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Yes, there is a possibility you could be pregnant. It is possible to get pregnant immediately after the implant is removed.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test in 2 week.s

Question from June 1, 2017

How accurate is a HPT 12 weeks after sex?

ANSWER:  Home pregnancy tests are usually accurate 2 weeks after conception.  If the last time you had sex was 12 weeks ago, an HPT should be giving you an accurate result. If you are still unsure, you should see an OB/GYN for further testing.

Question from May 31, 2017

I’m on the depo an I had sex with my ex on 22 of may 2017 , who came in me I was wondering if I could be pregnant my next shot is June 9

ANSWER:  Since your depo shot isn’t due until June 9, you still had pregnancy protection in May.  This means you are likely not pregnant.  But keep in mind, anytime you have sex there is a chance you could become pregnant. While on depo, that chance is less than 1%.

Question from May 28, 2017

My last depo shot was feb 22 and I believe I’m good until May 24, but I haven’t token it. I’ve only gotten 3 doses injectioned into me. my partner and I have been having unprotected sex and he’s came in me every single time. My question is what are the chances of me getting pregnant after me missing my shot?

ANSWER: There is a chance of you getting pregnant, especially if you had sex after the last day of your shot.  I cannot not tell you how likely you are to get pregnant, but you are much more likely to get pregnant if your shot is late.

Question from May 28, 2017

I had a depo shot on March 25- 2017 when is the next one due ?

ANSWER:  Your shot will be due between June 10 and June 24.  Call the clinic to double check the dates.

Question from May 27, 2017

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I had sex on 26 may my gf had baby on 13 march due date now she says im the dad. Can I be dad

ANSWER:  It is possible. The only way to know if you are the dad is to take a paternity test.

Question from May 25, 2017

Is a pregnancy test effective two weeks after unprotected sex

ANSWER:  Yes, most pregnancy test are effective after 2 weeks of unprotected sex.

Question from May 25, 2017

I’m in my 19th week of pregnancy right now. My due date was given as October 16, 2017. My first blood test on 2/2 my hcg levels were 58. All of January my home pregnancy tests came out negative.

Is there any way I got pregnant in December 2016?
I had unprotected sex on December 23, 2016 but I took plan b the day after.

All of January I had unprotected sex. It’s a little confusing as I didn’t get a period December and January. I only experienced one day of bleeding on December 30, 2016. (I have a history of irregular periods)

ANSWER:  Based on your due to date, it seems that you became pregnant in early January, but this is only an estimate.  There is no way to pinpoint exactly when you became pregnant.  And since you have irregular periods, that make is even harder to pinpoint when the pregnancy may have happened.

Question from May 24, 2017

I was on Mirena for 8 month got it taken out I had unprotected sex an he said he finished inside but pulled out before he injected inside of me. I took the plan b pill a few hours after sex an also took another plan b pill the next day. I suppose to start my period in one day what are my chances of being pregnant? Please help

ANSWER:  Since you had unprotected sex and are not on birth control there is a chance you could be pregnant. Since you took Plan B those chances are much smaller, but it is still possible.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after this incident.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start another method of birth control if you are not pregnant.  Teen Matters and the Health Department offers FREE pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 22, 2017

Hello, I Been on the Depo- shot for about Two months , So I was due on the 13 up to May 15 for my Depo -Shot. I didn’t get the shot And then I had unprotected sex on the 22nd He came for sure. Could I Be pregnant ??

ANSWER:  Hi.  If the last date for your depo shot was May 15, then there is possibility that you could be pregnant because you were not covered on May 22.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having trouble getting you depo shot on time you may want to consider an long term option such as the IUD or Implant.   Teen Matters and your local Health Department has free pregnancy tests and birth control, including the IUD an Implant, for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 22, 2017

I got my shot on February 18th 2017. I was due for my shot on May 13,2017 and I’ll be consider past due on the 27th of May which it would be 15 weeks. My question is, normally is advice to get a depo no later than 12weeks, I’m on my 14 week having unprotected sex, I haven’t gotten a period and my body is experiencing different symptoms of period, is there a possibility I could be pregnant ? Am I still covered until the 27th?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If the nurse told you the past due date is May 27th, then you are still covered until then and your chances of pregnancy are less than 1%.  Some types of depo last longer than 12 weeks. The symptoms you are experiencing could be occurring because you are getting closer to your past due date.

Question from May 19, 2017

I got an abortion April 19 2017 and got the depo shot right after is that the reason I’m still bleeding and it’s may 19 2017

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is abnormal bleeding, so that is likely the reason you are still experiencing bleeding.  If you are concerned, call the doctor that gave you the shot.  They may be able to give you something to help with the bleeding.

Question from May 19, 2017

hi i got the depo shot on May 11th , i had unprotected sex on May 18th late in the night, am i protected by the shot ?? or can i be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi.  It takes 7 days for the shot to begin protecting from pregnancy, so on May 18th you were protected and are likely not pregnant.  But keep in mind, that anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, a pregnancy could happen.

Question from May 18, 2017

I had unprotected sex on April 6 when should I take a pregnancy test?

ANSWER:  A pregnancy test would be accurate 2 weeks after unprotected sex.  So you could take it anytime after April 20 for an accurate result.  If you are worried about pregnancy and not on birth control, you may want to consider starting a method of brith control to help prevent pregnancy.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers FREE birth control for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from May 17, 2017

I got my first depo shot on Thursday May 11 . Can I have unprotected sex on Friday May 19 at 12 am midnight? Or even on Thursday May 18 , since it’s been a week ?

ANSWER:  You will begin to have protection from pregnancy on May 18th, but keep in mind that anytime you have sex a pregnancy could happen.  Although that chance will be less than 1% it is still possible, especially if you are not using a condom.

Question from May 17, 2017

If I had my shot march 13th 2017 , is my next shot pass due?

ANSWER:  Your shot is likely due between May 29 and June 11, but call your clinic to get the exact dates.

Question from May 16, 2017

I had sex 7 days before my next depo shot was due on May 13th. I took a pregnancy test May 11th. It was negative, but could I still possibly be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you had sex before your depo shot was due,  you had had protection from pregnancy so the chances of you being pregnancy are less than 1%.

Question from May 14, 2017

Can depo shot be used as an emergency contraceptives?

ANSWER:  No. the depo shot cannot be used as emergency contraception.

Question from May 14, 2017

Will taking a second depo shot be useless since am already late for it by four weeks and in the fourth week I had unprotected sex but later took the depo shot after an hour.can the depo shot be an emergency contraceptive at this point or will I have high chances of getting pregnant?

ANSWER:  The deop shot is not a form of emergency contraception and there is a higher change you could be come pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are having troubling getting your shots on time, you may want to consider a long-acting method like the implant or IUD.

Question from May 14, 2017

I had my first depo shot on Dec. 23, 2016 and that was the day I started bleeding. I stopped bleeding about 3 hrs after I had the shot and I had unprotected sex a few hours later. I started back bleeding the next day for a week. My second shot was due March 2017 and I haven’t received it yet. My breasts been hurting, I’ve thrown up, nausea, headaches, back pain. I’ve taken a pregnancy test last week and it came back negative. What should I do?

ANSWER:  If you have had sex within the last 2 weeks it would be best for you to stop having sex for two weeks and then take a pregnancy test.  If the test is negative, you should come back in to start another method of birth control. If you are having troubling getting your shots on time, you may want to consider a long-acting method like the implant or IUD.

Question from May 12, 2017

if i had unprotected sex may 1st 2017 and my next depo shot is due may 19th 2017 am i pregnant??

Any time you have unprotected sex there is chance they could become pregnant.  Since you are not late for your shot, you have protection and the chances of you being pregnant are less than 1%.  If you are still unsure, you can take a pregnancy test.

Question from May 11, 2017

I got off my depot shot in February 17th 2017. I spotted around February 25th (brown discharge) and again in March, April 2017 I got my period for 7 days. This month May 2017 I am 8 days late on my period, I’ve take at home pregnancy test and they have all been negative. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is possible you could be pregnant if you are not using another method of birth control.  It takes 2 weeks for most pregnancy tests to give an accurate result.  This means that if you are having unprotected sex on a regular basis, you could become pregnant at any time, but the test may not give a positive result for another 2 weeks. If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to stop having sex until you find out if you are pregnant or not and then start another method of birth control.

Question from May 10, 2017

Can a depo shot prevent me from getting pregnant if I was three weeks late for my second shot and had unprotected sexx one day before I went for the shot? Will I get pregnant despite the late depo shot or should take an emergency pill?

Since you were late for your depo shot and it takes 7 days for the second shot to become effective, you do have a risk for pregnancy and it would be best to take Plan B.

Question from May 10, 2017

Hey, I missed my depo shot April 14 had unprotected the day after, three- four weeks later (May 8) went back to get the shot , had unprotected sex that same day and the day after as well , is there a chance of pregnancy ?

Hi.  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  It takes 7 days for depo to become effective and since you were late for your shot, you do have a higher chance of getting pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test two weeks after unprotected sex.

Question from May 9, 2017

Hi, I got nexplanon on May 1st. This past Monday made 7 days but that night I had unprotected sex. Is it possible that I could be pregnant ? I’m really worried

ANSWER:  Hi. Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since it was 7 days after getting the Nexplanon, you had pregnancy protection and the chances of you getting pregnant are less than 1%.  If you are still worried, you can take a pregnancy two weeks after that Monday to be sure.

Question from May 9, 2017

I was late for my second depo shot for three weeks and then in the fourth week I went to get the shot but an hour before I had unprotected sex could I get pregnant? Will the depo prevent me from getting pregnant?

ANSWER:  If you were late for your depo shot there was a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from May 8, 2017

I had unprotected sex, one hour after I took a depo shot could I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If this was your first depo shot, then yes, you run the risk of getting pregnant because the shot takes 7 days to begin protecting from pregnancy.  You can take Plan B within 5 days of unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy.  If this was not your first shot and you were not late for this shot, then you are likely not pregnant. The Health Department and Teen Matters has free Plan B.

Question from May 7, 2017

Hi,I had sex on August 16,2016 and on April 27,2017 she gave birth and claims that i’m the father,could it be mine?

ANSWER:  Hi. Because you had sex with her, there is a possibility that you could be the father.  The only way to know for sure would be to take a paternity test.

Question from May 6, 2017

What is a jockstrap, what does it do, and when should a guy wear them? I think I heard someone say about wearing one for gym class.

ANSWER:  A jockstrap is a type of underwear males may choose to wear to protect their genitalia (penis and testicles) during sports or other athletic activities.

Question from May 6, 2017

My girlfriend got the depo shot on April 26 and we had sex on May 3rd, so that is 7 days. She has been on depo for about 2 years now. Should we have waited until after the 7th day and could she be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  If she was not late for her last shot, then she had protection from pregnancy on May 3rd and is likely not pregnant. If she was late for her shot, since you all waited 7 days, the chances of her being pregnancy are very small.

Question from May 5, 2017

Okay so, I got the depo shot on March 27 ,2017. And my next appointment is on June 19 ,2017. Am I able to get the implant before June 12th?

ANSWER:  Yes, you can get the implant as soon you want it.  Call or text your nearest clinic to set up an appointment.

Question from May 5, 2017

hi i have a concern i got my implanon took out on april 28th . i had unprotected sex may 2 . but i took plan b the next day could i be pregnant ? im asking because i dont know how long it takes for the implanon to get out of my system …help please im worring to death …

ANSWER:  Hi.  The implant stops working as soon as it is taken out.  Since you took Plan B, your chances of getting pregnant are reduced, but it is still possible. The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after May 2.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.

Question from May 1, 2017

I’m on depo shot and I had unprotected sex April 30 2017 around 1am and my next depo appointment is may 23 2017 if I miss my appointment can I get pregnant and I still bleeding little bit it come and go

ANSWER:  If you miss your appointment on May 23, you are at risk for pregnancy is you have sex after that date.  The chances of you getting pregnant from the sex on April 30th are very small since you have pregnancy protection from depo.

Question from April 30, 2017

So I’m 4 days pass my missed period and I’m on the depo shot should I be worried about a pregnancy test.

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed or irregular periods.  This is a normal side effect and there is no need to worry.  You could take a pregnancy test to be sure, but the chances of you being pregnant are very small.

Question from  April 30, 2017

Hey I Was Tested With Chlamydia And Got Treated. 2 week later I was waiting on my period and it’s the 5th day I missed it and been having stomach and back pain

ANSWER: Hi.  It would be best for you to come back in to speak with a nurse about what could be causing your period to be late.

Question from April 30, 2017

I took the drop shot on April 20th and had unprotected sex on the 30 of April and he comes inside me . Is there a possibility I might get pregnant?

ANSWER: It takes the depo shot 7 days to become effective, so on April 30th you had pregnancy protection.  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance a pregnancy could happen, but since your birth control was effective the chances to you becoming pregnant are very small.

Question from April 27, 2017

I got the nexplanon on April 26 2017 the next morning had unprotected sex and he did his business in me , could I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the Nexplanon to become effective. If you had unprotected sex the next day, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from April 26, 2017

Hey. I got the nexplanon implant on April 13th. Today April 26th my boyfriend came in me and I was set to ovulate on the 25th. Do I need to take a plan be just to be clear of pregnancy??

ANSWER:  Hi. It takes 7 days for the Nexplanon to begin working so on April 26th you had protection from pregnancy and do not need to take Plan B.  But keep in mind that even with birth control, there is still a chance a pregnancy could happen; that chance is just very small.

Question from April 26, 2017

Hello, I am currently on depo shot. I always get my shot around the first day or two that I am told to get the follow up shot. My last shot was ob February 2nd and I was told to call for another appointment on April 26th which I did today. The earliest appointment I was able to schedule isn’t until Monday, May 1st. Will I still be “covered” if I were to have sex with my boyfriend before my appointment?

ANSWER:  Hi.  There is a two week period of time that you are covered after the first day that your shot is due.  If your last shot was on February 2nd, then you will be covered until May 4th.  So the chances of you coming pregnant are very small.

Question from April 25, 2017

Hi me and my parter had unprotected sex 4 days after depo shot and it was off her period is there a chance she’s pregnant

ANSWER:  Hi.If this was her first depo shot, it takes 7 days for it to become effective.  Therefore there is a chance she could have become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  If this was not her first depo shot, and she was not late for this shot, then the chances or her being pregnant are less than 1%.

Question from April 22, 2017

Hello! I had my 4th day of my menstruation and in that day we had sex. We don’t know if his semen got out and his condom slowly running out. We dont have any idea what it was, however it didnt gone to my vagina. Can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Hi!  Anytime you have sex, even with a condom, there is chance pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Pregnancy tests are most accurate 2 weeks after conception.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you may want to consider starting one to add more protection from pregnancy. Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free pregnancy tests and birth control for teens. Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from April 20, 2017

In fourth grade I started experiencing really bad stomach pain that sometimes led me to vomiting every morning, or being in so much pain I couldn’t even stand up. I had this pain steadily until 7th grade, when I got my period. Now, I get the same exact pain when I’m about to start my period. (I’m a senior in high school) Is it possible that I started experiencing period cramps in fourth grade but didn’t actually get my period until 7th? It still really hurts the first morning every time its my time of the month.

ANSWER:  It is hard to say what is causing the pain. It would be best for you to see a doctor to examine you to find out the cause for your pain. If you have not mentioned this pain to an adult that can help you make a Doctor’s appointment, you may want to tell them.

Question from April 12, 2017

I’ve been on depo for two years and in my most recent 3 month range of going to get the other shot on my second month I got nexoplanon but I had unprotected sex the next day of getting my nexoplanon does my shot still cover me from getting pregnant

ANSWER:  Since you still had one month left on your depo after getting your nexplanon, you were still covered by the depo when you had unprotected sex.

Question from April 10, 2017

I had my normal period March 24 – March 28. I had unprotected sex April 5th around 4:30-5pm and took the plan B pill March 7th around 8pm. Is that after the 72 hours? Is there a chance of me being pregnant?

ANSWER:  It was after 72hrs when it is most effective, but you actually can take it up to 5 days later and it may still provide some protection.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy 2 weeks from April 5th.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you should consider starting one.  Plan B should be for emergency use only.  If you are going to sexually active, you need a reliable method of birth control to prevent pregnancy on a regular basis.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offer FREE birth control and pregnancy tests for teens.  Call or text your nearest clinic for more information.

Question from April 8, 2017

Hello, I plan on getting the depo shot for the first time and was wondering how fast can it work?

ANSWER: Hi.  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  But keep in mind, there is always a small chance (less than 1%) that a pregnancy still could happen, because only abstinence (not having sex) is 100% effective.

Question from April 5, 2017

I got the depo shot on march 21 of this year, but yesterday my boyfriend came. Should I take plan B?

ANSWER:  The depo shot takes 7 days to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since this happened more than 7 days after your shot, you are protected from pregnancy and do not need to take Plan B.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is chance a pregnancy could happen.  But since you are on the depo shot, those chances are less than 1%.

Question from March 30, 2017

Hello! I was on the depo shot for about a year and a half. During that time frame I did not have a menstrual cycle at all andI gained 40+ lbs. Seeing the increase in my weight I decided to cease the depo shot. I received my last depo injection July 5th 2016, and it is now March 30th 2017 and my cycle has not returned. Is this normal?

ANSWER:  Hi.  It can sometimes take up to a year for periods to become normal again after stopping the depo shot.  If you are using another method of birth control like the Implant or IUD, then you may continue to not have periods while using these.  If you are not using a method of birth control, but are having sex,  it is possible you could have become pregnant.  If you have been having sex and not using another method of birth control, it would be best for you to take a pregnancy test.  If the test is negative and  you are not on the IUD or Implant and your periods have not returned by July of this year, you may want to see a doctor.

Question from March 27, 2017

had a abortion march 2nd & my depo march 10th what are the chances of getting pregnant if i had unprotected sex march 25th

ANSWER:  It takes depo 7 days to being protecting against pregnancy, so the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.

Question from March 26, 2017

I am on Mononessa as my birth control and on Doxycycline antI biotic for acne. I had unprotected sex on March 8 and he ejaculated on my stomach. I took my last pill today before I start the sugar pills and I’m supposed to get my period tomorrow but I’m not spotting. Am I pregnant?

ANSWER:  Doxycycline may decrease the effectiveness of your pill and since you had unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  If your period does not start before you begin taking your next pack of pills, you need to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 26, 2017

I’ve been on the 1 month norigynon shot for the past 8 months but I’ve started spotting everyday and wasn’t even sure when my period came or not because they had gotten lighter. My gyno decided it would be best to discontinue the shot and wait for a month before I started a different contraceptive method. I was supposed to get my follow up shot on march 24 and didn’t because of the month break but me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on the 25. I’m worried. would I still be safe or am I no longer covered since I’m not getting the follow up shot that I was supposed to get yesterday?

ANSWER:  If your shot was due on March 24, you were no longer covered on March 25 and are at risk for pregnancy.  You could take Plan B before March 30 and that may help protect you from pregnancy.  You should also take a pregnancy test in to two weeks just to be sure you did not become pregnant.

Question from March 22, 2017

I just had unprotected sex last night, he pulled out. This morning I made an appointment to get the birth control implant. My appointment is tomorrow I read that you aren’t supposed to have unprotected sex for 2 weeks before getting the implant. Why is that? Should I tell them? Will it still work that same?

ANSWER:  Yes, you should be honest and tell them you had sex.  They may be able to give you Plan B and also give you the birth control.  We want you to not have sex for 2 week so that we can be sure you are not pregnant before we give you the birth control.

Question from March 22, 2017

Hi my name is A____ I’m 18 years old and sexually active because I am sexual active I went to go get nexplanon the implant and I was on my period but the day after I got it I was off but the doctor told me to wait a week before I have unprotected sex so I did and on the 7th day I had sex and my boyfriend ejaculated in me 4 or 5 weeks later I started experiencing random light bleeding but not enough to fill a pad so my question is am I pregnant? Cause I’m so worried

ANSWER:  Since you are having unprotected sex, there is always a chance you could become pregnant, but that chance is very small since you are on the Nexplanon.  If you are worried about pregnancy, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test. One of the side effects of Nexplanon is missed or irregular periods.  This means that some months your bleeding may be heavy, light or you may have no bleeding at all and it may come at irregular times.   It sounds like you just have a very light period at an abnormal time of the month because of the new birth control.

Question from March 21, 2017

Does starting birth control pills throw your cycle off track?

ANSWER:  Using birth control will likely change the time that your period would normally start.  Now you periods will start at some point during the last row of your pills.  It may not necessarily start on the first day of the last row, but it should start before you begin your next pack of pills.

Question from March 19, 2017

I have three questions.. I got the deop shot December 21st 2016 and I am supposed to go for my second one March 20th 2017 (Tomorrow) (I get my period 21st of each month) But I has unprotected sex with my boyfriend about two weeks ago (March 3rd) and he ejaculated in me twice within that day and about a week after I noticed I’ve been getting white discharge on my underwear for about two days then after I spotted for a few more days along with random nose bleeding and wakin up in the night to my saliva all over my pillow, my stomach is bloated and cramping, I’ve already been having the dizziness and headaches but I’ve noticed it being worse. Also using the restroom more frequently. I took a home pregnancy test on the 17th of March (about 4 days before my period) It came out negative but is it possible I texted too early? Could I be pregnant because I am only on one shot ? When is the best time to test again ?

ANSWER:  The chances of you becoming pregnant are very low since you are on the depo shot.  But pregnancy is always possible especially if you are having unprotected sex.  It takes about 14 days for a pregnancy test to be accurate.  If you last had sex on March 3 and took the test on March 17, then the results were accurate and you are not pregnant.  One of the common side effects of the depo shot are missed or irregular periods.  So you may miss your period while taking depo, but this does not necessarily mean you are pregnant.  There is no need to repeat the pregnancy test, unless you want to.

Question from March 18, 2017

I was due to have my depo shot on February 21 and I had unprotected sex the 17. I chose the to get the Implanon on the 20. I started spotting two weeks later. Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER: Anytime a person has unprotected sex, a pregnancy could happen.  Since you were still covered by your depo shot on February 17th, the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The spotting you noticed was likely because you changed birth control methods and your body was adjusting.  If you are worried, you could take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 15, 2017

I have been on Nexplanon since August 2015 and have had unprotected sex twice in the last month. I’m not sure if he came. I haven’t gotten my period since September 2015 so I don’t have that normal sign but should I be worried about pregnancy?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on the Nexplanon, the chances of you being pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 13, 2017

Hey I’m having swollen bumps on my vigina I went too the doctor and they only give me antibiotics and yet it still don’t work but i looks it up they sayed have them take the fluid out

ANSWER:  If they are not getting better after finishing your medication, you may need to go back for a follow-up appointment.

Question from March 13, 2017

What’s the proper way too wash my vigina soap summer eve ? I was but still smell

ANSWER:  The vagina has a natural smell; it is not odorless.  To use the soap, follow the directions on the back of the bottle.  If you feel that your vagina has an abnormal smell, come in for a check up.

Question from March 12, 2017

Hi, I was on depo shot for a little over a year. My last shot was due on March 3rd, 2017 at the latest, however, I never got the shot again until the March 8th, 2017.
Four days later(today), I had unprotected sex twice in a row and my significant other did not pull out. And my period ended on March 11th, 2017 (yesterday).
Is there a possibility I could become pregnant?!?

ANSWER: Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you were only one day late for your shot, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test..

Question from March 11, 2017

Hi, i got my first depo shot on the 23 of febuary and had unprotected sex march 10 & my boyfriend came inside me, am i at risk pf being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you are on the depo shot, you have pregnancy protection and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  If you are worried about being pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 11, 2017

I had unprotected sex on my period but am depo could I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a risk of becoming pregnant.  Since you are on the depo shot, you have pregnancy protection and the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  If you are worried about being pregnant, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 9, 2017

Hi, I received my depo shot on February 28th and just had unprotected sex yesterday on March 8th. What are my chances of being pregnant? Should I get a plan B just in case?

ANSWER:  Anytime a person has sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since this encounter took place more than 7 days after you got the shot, you had protection from pregnancy and your chances of becoming pregnancy are very small.   Since you are on birth control already, there is no need take Plan B.

Question from March 9, 2017

I had my first depo shot on Jan 26 when next should I get the second one?

Your next shot will be due sometime in mid-April.  Call the office you got your first shot from to get the exact dates.

Question from March 9, 2017

I was on the shot for a year and i switched my birth control to the nexplanon implant I’ve had it for 3 months i recently got my period but i been on it for about 3 weeks is this normal

ANSWER:  One of the side effects of the Nexplanon is irregular periods.  This means that you may notice your periods are longer, shorter or you may miss them.  Bleeding for a few weeks is not abnormal when someone first starts using Nexplanon, but the nurse may be able to give you something to help the bleeding stop.  Call or come in to your nearest clinic to speak with a nurse.

Question from March 8, 2017

Hi I’m 15 and I try to make my vagina smell good for my boyfriend and when I take showers I scrub and scrub so it can be clean but sometimes it still smells weird. Should I go to the doctor for it ?

ANSWER:  The vagina is not an odorless part of the body.  It will have a natural smell that is normal.  There is nothing you can do to make it smell any differently.  If you are concerned about the smell, you could see a doctor, but chances are this is your normal, natural odor and it is ok.

Question from March 7, 2017

It is a day after a week of being in depo provera birth control & my boyfriend came inside me, does this mean I’m pregnant ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting from pregnancy.  Since it has been 8 days, the chances of you getting pregnant are very small.  But keep in mind that anytime a person has sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 6, 2017

I got my depo shot on the 24th of February I had unprotected sex last night can you get pregnant if your bleeding and he ejaculates in you?

ANSWER:  Anytime a person has unprotected sex, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Since you are on the depo shot, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 5, 2017

Hi I was late for my depo shot about 2 or a week and I just recently got my shot March 1st but had unprotected sex with my boyfriend March 4th and he cum in me so I took plan B which is what my doctor gave me because I didn’t wait the 7 days so I took it 2 hours after will the plan b work ? And is it safe ?

ANSWER:  Plan B is safe and effective at preventing a pregnancy, but it does not work 100% of the time.  Since you took it so soon after sex, the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small.  The only way to know if you became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from March 3, 2017

Hi I got off my depo shot last year before nov I didn’t have my period for about 4 months I started eating better and exercising and my period came back it was a normal cycle then it went away. I recently had sex with someone and after I started bleeding I thought it had stoped but then I sad sex again and I was bleeding during sex meaning it was not done. After that I got a bad yeast infection and everything went away I wasn’t due for a period again and I had sex but it was kinda rough and after I started bleeding. I don’t know what is wrong two out of three times was protected

ANSWER:  It is possible that you are having some very light bleeding that becomes more apparent when you have sex.  It is also possible that you have some sort of infection that is causing bleeding during sex.  It would be best for you to come in for STD testing to find out what the cause could be.

Question from March 3, 2017

Hello I was due to get my birth control depo shot Feb 14 but didn’t go and I had unprotected sex March 1 . I startes spotting today March 3 . My question is can the depo still be in my system and what are the chances of me possibly being pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you had sex after your depo shot was due, you no longer had pregnancy protection and there is a chance you could have become pregnant.  The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you are not ready to become a parent, it would be best for you to start using birth control again.  Teen Matters offers free birth control and pregnancy tests.

Question from March 2, 2017

I’ve been having swelling bumps on my vagina I went too the doctor I don’t have a thing I got them from shaven what can I use ? They gave me antibiotics but it didn’t work and some time it smells

ANSWER:  If the bumps you are getting are from shaving, then the best thing to do would be to stop shaving.  There is no actual reason that the area needs to be shaved.

Question from February 27, 2017

I’ve got my depo on October 22 and it is February 27 and I’ve been having unprotected sex but he pulls out

ANSWER:  If you got your depo in October, your pregnancy protection ended around January 22.  Since you are not protected, you are at a high risk of becoming pregnant, even if he pulls out.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would  be best for you to start using a method of birth control again.

Question from February 22, 2017

Hello,i got my first depo shot on 26th Jan 2017 and I was on the 6 th day of my period ,I then had unprotected sex on 27th Jan ,now my period is 4 days late and today on 22nd Feb I had dark brown discharge could I be pregnant I took a urine pregnancy test week ago and it came out negative

ANSWER: Hi.  Since the pregnancy test you took was negative, you are likely not pregnant.  One of the side effects of the depo shot is missed or irregular periods.  You may notice that your periods are heavier, lighter, longer or shorter than usual.

Question from February 22, 2017

I’ve been on DEPO since February 2015 my last day was September 2016. It now been 168 days since my last DEPO. Been having unprotected sex since last September until now. Monday night 2/20/2017 my nipples are feeling sore but my breast isn’t and been feeling cramps a couple of times before my nipples started. What chances am I’m facing? Hormones, period bout to start, or possible pregnancy?????

ANSWER:  It could be any of those 3 options.  It can take several months for your body to readjust to not having the depo anymore.  Those changes in your hormones could cause the symptoms you are having.  But, since you have been having unprotected sex, there is also a chance you could be pregnant.  The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.  If you do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using another method of birth control.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free birth control for teens.

Question from February 21, 2017

I had protected intercorse on November 26th, 2016. Experienced a normal, scheduled period from December 7th-13th. Experienced a normal period from January 7th-12th Took a pregnancy test on January 4th and the results were negative. Took a pregnancy test on January 25th and the results were negative. Am i pregnant from this encounter three months ago?

ANSWER: Since you have had 2 periods and all of the tests have been negative, you are likely not pregnant from that encounter.  If you are not on a method of birth control, you may want to think about starting one to help protect against pregnancy.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offers free birth control for teens.

Question from February 21, 2017

I found out I was pregnant on October 28th but had slept with a different guy that’s not my boyfriend on October 13th. I took a pregnancy test on October 28th and a weeks estimator that determined I was five weeks. I scheduled an appointment with my obgyn on December 6th. They determined i was 11 weeks. My boyfriend of two years always ejaculated inside me but I had been off my pills for two months. Can u tell me if my unborn baby is for my boyfriend or the other guy

ANSWER:  The only way to know for sure who the father is would be to take a paternity test after the baby is born.

Question from February 19, 2017

I’ve have had my nexplanon removed November 28 and I’ve had have sexual contact with my partner. But I haven’t had a period since I was on the nexplanon only twice in January & February. So I called my doctor and he had told me that it would take me awhile for me to have a period since it’s been over 4 years with out one 🙁 I’m worried and right now I’ve been feeling nauseous and I’ve had taken pregnancy test but they all come out negative.

ANSWER:  Your doctor is right.  It can sometimes takes up to a year for your periods to return to normal.  But since you are not on birth control there is still a chance you could become pregnant.  If you continue to take pregnancy tests and they are negative, there is no need to worry.  This just means you body is re-adjusting to not having the birth control in your system anymore.  Some of the nausea could also be a result of your body adjusting.  If you still have not had a period by November 2017, let your doctor know.

Question from February 18, 2017

I have gotten 2 depo shots. I missed my shot by 3 days and had to wait 2 weeks to get it again. So I waited and I had sex the same day I got the third one can I get pregnant ??

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to start working again since you were late, so there is chance you could have become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from February 17, 2017

Ive been on Nexplanon since September 12, 2014 it comes out in September 12,2017 but last acouple days my nipples been feeling really sore and now im feeling nauseous i have been having unprotected sex last few weeks is it possible i might be pregnant?

ANSWER:  It is always possible that a pregnancy could happen, but that chance is very small.  It is likely that since it is getting close to the time for your Nexplanon to be removed, you may be having more side effects.   Take a pregnancy test to be sure you are not pregnant.  If it is negative and you feel the symptoms are unbearable, call your nearest Health Department to speak with a nurse.

Question from February 15, 2017

If i got my last depo shot in October 2016 and was on it since February 2016 when can i become pregnant?

ANSWER:  The depo shot only lasts for 3 months.  If you got your shot in October your pregnancy protection ended in January.  But it is impossible to say when you will become pregnant.

Question from February 14, 2017

I started spotted five days before my period pink and brown the first day a medium flow second just a little on pad third only when I wipe four day same and today I suppose to start nothing not even when I wipe

ANSWER:  It sounds like your period may have started a little early and was lighter than usual.  This happens to many women from time to time and is not generally a reason to worry.

Question from February 11, 2017

If I had sex with one guy on the oct 16 and the second guy the 17 th and 18 th and my due date is July 10 th and my calculations shows I possibly conceive on the 17th or the 18 th who would be the father.

ANSWER:  Because the dates are so close together and sperm can live inside the body for a few days, it is impossible to tell who the father is without a paternity test.

Question from February 11, 2017

My gf started her period on a Monday and took her first Depo shot on that Thursday. Now it’s a week later and a day (Friday) and had unprotected sex and I came in her. What are the chances of her becoming pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex there is a chance she could become pregnant.  Because she was on depo and it was more than 7 days after her first shot, the chances of her becoming pregnant are very small. The only way to know if she became pregnant is to take a pregnancy test.

Question from February 8, 2017

I had an abortion on sept 24 and got the depo shot the same day and then had unprotected sex a week later, is it possible that I can be pregnant

ANSWER:  If you waited 7 days after getting the depo, then it is unlikely you became pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Also, if you have not received your next depo shot or another method of birth control, but have had sex, you could have become pregnant later.  In order to prevent another pregnancy, it would be best for you to keep using birth control regularly. Teen Matters offers pregnancy tests and birth control free for teens.  We hope to see you soon.

Question from February 8, 2017

Hello my name is Be___ and I wanted to ask my boyfriend had’nt had sex since Aug.2016 and myself for a year 1/2. My Cycle are 29 day and ovlation says on 26 Jan.2017 we had sex what are my Chances of being pregnant I missed Period Jan.5 but lgt spotting reddish Only when I wipe not on pads And past 2wks very bad headaches Gas.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex, especially unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know if a pregnancy happened is to take a pregnancy test.  Teen Matters and your local Health Department offer pregnancy tests and birth control free for teens.  Please visit us soon.

Question from February 8, 2017

Hi my name is Br_______ and my question is that I have missed my period for three months and I have took two pregnancy test and they came back negative and I took my HIV and my STD test and they was negative I’m out of options plz help…

ANSWER:  Hi.  If you are on a method of birth control like the implant, shot or IUD, missed or irregular periods are a common side effect.  If you are not on one of those methods and are not having a period, you would need to see a gynecologist for further advice.

Question from February 7, 2017

Hello, I had sex December 30, 2016, I took the plan b pill the following day Dec 31, 2016. I then started bleeding January 5, 2017 that lasted january 8, 2017. I had unprotected sex January 9, 2017 and started bleeding the 21st. Can I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant.  The only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test.  Since you took Plan B, it sounds like you are not ready to be a parent.  If you are having unprotected sex and do not want to be pregnant, it would be best for you to start using a method of birth control.   Visit Teen Matters or you local Health Department for FREE birth control.

Question from February 2, 2017

Hello,i got my first depo shot on 26th Jan 2017 and I was on the 6 th day of my period ,I then had unprotected sex on 28th Jan ,can I get pregnant?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo shot to begin protecting against pregnancy.  Since you had sex on the 2nd day after getting the shot, there is a chance a pregnancy could happen.  Take a pregnancy test 2 weeks from January 26th to find out if you became pregnant.

Question from January 28, 2017

If I just got the implanon applicator put in my arm on Jan. 20th and just had unprotected sex where he came in me exactly 7 days later the 27th is my birth control kicked in and highly unlikely for me to get pregnant or should I be considered ?

ANSWER:  Since you waited the 7 days, it is unlikely that you will become pregnant.  But anytime you have sex, pregnancy should always be considered because there is a chance it could happen. Although, with the implant, that chance is very small.

Question from January 25, 2017

Hi, I got my birth control implant in my arm last week Wednesday ( 1/18 )and the doctor told me that i could have sex after one week and today Wednesday ( 1/25 ) is a week and I had sex and my bf cummed in me and then few mins later “discharge” came out on my underwear… What does this means??

ANSWER:  Hi.  This discharge you noticed was likely his ejaculate (cum) coming back out of your vagina.  That is common after sex and generally is not a cause for concern.  But keep in mind that although your birth control provides you protection from pregnancy, you will not have protection from STDs and HIV if you do not use condoms.

Question from January 21, 2017

Hi, I’ve been taking birth control for over 6 months now and I had unprotected sex and got cum on my butt. Will that effect me ?

ANSWER:  Hi.  Using birth control provides protection from pregnancy.  If you are using birth control, your chances of becoming pregnant are less than 1%.  If the ejaculate (cum) only was on your butt area, then it likely did not enter your vagina, which would be the only way a pregnancy could happen.

 

Question from January 19, 2017

Hi,
I got my first depo shot December 29, 2016 and had unprotected sex the 7th day after my shot (January 5th). I was supposed to get my period that Monday (January 9th) and missed it. It is now 11 days late. I took a pregnancy test and it came out negative. Is it just the depo shot making my period late? Or is there still a chance I could be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Hi. Missed periods is one of the common side effects of the depo shot, so it is likely that you have missed your period due to the shot.  But keep in mind that anytime you have sex, there is a chance that you could become pregnant.  Although, that chance is very small (less than 1%).  Repeat the pregnancy test 14 days after January 5th. If it is still negative, then you likely did not become pregnant.

Question from January 16, 2017

Hi.  I just gotten my depo on the 11th of this month, haven’t missed any shots. me & my boyfriend had sex on the 14th. Any chance that I may become pregnant then somehow?.

ANSWER:  Anytime you have sex there is a chance you could become pregnant.  Since you are on depo and have not missed any shots the chances of you becoming pregnant are very small; less than 1%.

Question from January 15, 2017

Hi, I am on the Depo shot and on October 9th I had my 3rd Depo shot, It had been 11 weeks since my last shot and I was spotting for a few days up until I had my most recent shot – I had unprotected sex 25 hours later.. could I be pregnant?  please text me with your answer

ANSWER:  Hi.  I apologize for not being able to text you.  The number listed was not a working number.  Anytime you have sex, there is a chance you could become pregnant. If you were not late for your shot, then your chances of becoming pregnant are very small; less than 1%.  Since you got your shot on the 11th week, you should not have been late and had pregnancy protection.

Question from January 13, 2017

hi, is it safe to take advil when i have a nexplanon implant?Will it decrease the effectiveness? if so, how much doses?thanks

ANSWER: Hi. Yes, it is save to take Advil. It will not have any effect on the implant’s effectiveness.  Just following the dosing directions on the Advil bottle if you need to take it.

Question from January 13, 2017

If I Was Supposed To Have My Last Depo Shot In September 2016 But didnt Get Back On Til January 4, 2017 And had unprotected sex January 8th & 9th , Was I Protected ? Or could i be pregnant ?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo to start working again.  So were not protected and there is a chance you could have become pregnant.  Take a pregnancy test 2 weeks after the 9th (January 23rd) to see if you are pregnant.

Question from January 7, 2017

I’ve been on the depo shot for almost a year. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex 3-5 days before my next shot was due but I was late for my shot by 3 days, was I protected? Could I be pregnant?

ANSWER:  Since you and your boyfriend had sex before your shot was due, the chances of you becoming pregnant are small.  But there is always a change a pregnancy could happen.  If you are worried, it would be best to take a pregnancy test to be sure.

Question from January 7, 2017

I got my first depo shot on January 5th. My period started on December 30th and went off on January 2nd. Is my depo shot working yet?

ANSWER:  It takes 7 days for the depo to start working.  That means you will not have pregnancy protection until January12.  If you have unprotected sex before the 12, you may become pregnant

Question from January 6, 2017

I got my tubes tied n I’m on depo shots n I’m still bleeding what’s wrong u

ANSWER:  If your tubes are tied, you do not need to be on depo.  Your tubes being tied will provide you with pregnancy prevention.  Depo does not guarantee a person will not have bleeding.  Depo also can have the side effect of irregular or prolonged bleeding. So you are likely experiencing the side effect of the depo shot.

Question from January 6, 2017

Okay well I’ve been on the nexplanon implant for about 1 year already and I feel my implant is broken , I searched up that the implant take out by doctor cost about $230. I don’t have that money at this time , but if it is broken , how long will the medicine in the implant finish ? And how will it affect my body ?

Just curious until I actually have time to get it checked out

ANSWER:  If you think you implant is broken, you need to come in to get it checked as soon as possible.  If it is broken, it will not harm you, but it will be releasing more hormones in your body than it normally would.  If it is truly broken, it will need to be taken out.  It will be free of charge and we replace it with a new one.