Seeing weird things down there?

If you notice any of these issues going on around your genitals, make an appointment to get checked out - it could be an STD. (And don’t forget, some STDs give off no symptoms, so you’ll never know until you visit a doc.)                                                                         

  • soreness
  • swelling
  • unusual bumps, sores, or rashes
  • itching and/or burning
  • pain when urinating
  • discharge that’s different than normal
  • bleeding from the genitals (that isn’t your period)

If you need to find a clinic for free and confidential testing, we can help! Click here to find a clinic near you:

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Unprotected Sex and The Implant

"Dear Experts, I am currently on birth control - the kind that goes in your arm. Lately I have a lot of unprotected sex. How would I know if I’m pregnant or not?"

If you are using Nexplanon, then you are protected against pregnancy for 3 years. If you are getting Depo Provera injections, then you are protected against pregnancy for 3 months. As long as you have not delayed getting an injection (over 3 months) or getting the implant replaced (over 3 years) you should be protected against pregnancy. A urine pregnancy test will give you reassurance, if you feel you need that test.

Another issues is having unprotected sex puts you at an increased risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). Latex condoms can protect against STIs and will offer additional protection against an unintended pregnancy. Most health departments will give free condoms along with instructions on the proper care and use of condoms.

Hope this helps.

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Could I be pregnant if I got my period?

"Dear FNF Experts: Me and my boyfriend had sex on the 3rd week of the month. Is it possible to get pregnant even if my period came?"

If you have already had your menstrual cycle, and it was normal, then you most likely are not pregnant. There are times when a woman may be pregnant and still have her cycle, but that is not very common. A urine pregnancy test can be taken if you are still concerned.

Now, if you are not trying to get pregnant, you should see your health care provider for information on birth control. Natural family planning, where you time sex around your time of ovulation can be effective but is a bit more complicated than just choosing to have sex around your menstrual cycle.

Hope this helps.

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It was dark and I gave my boyfriend a handjob then he fingered me. I just want to know if I'm safe from pregnancy.

If fresh semen gets in someone’s vagina pregnancy is possible, no matter how it got there. Most of the time, pregnancy is caused by vaginal sex, but fingering can also cause pregnancy if there’s semen on the hand that’s touching the vulva.  So if you’ve got semen on your hands, wash them before touching a vulva or vagina to prevent pregnancy.

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Is there any way to become pregnant from oral?

No - you cannot become pregnant from oral sex; however STDs, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, HPV, herpes, hepatitis B and syphilis can be spread by giving or receiving oral sex if your partner is infected.There is a small risk for getting and giving HIV through oral sex, too.

Using a latex barrier is your best chance of avoiding most STDs during oral sex. A condom can be used on a penis to protect a guy and his partner from STDs.

A dental dam—a thin sheet of latex—can be used for oral sex on a vagina or anus. You can get dental dams at a clinic. Sexual partners can also cut a condom lengthwise to create a sheet that works like a dental dam to use as a barrier.


Double-Bagging, Not for Condoms

You should double bag your groceries, or maybe wear two pair of socks if your feet are cold, but never double bag your condoms.

Wearing two condoms at once can actually cause them to break. Just use one.

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"Dear Experts: Can you tell me more about Hepatitis?"

Hepatitis is a group of viruses that affect the liver. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

Hepatitis A is caused by infection with the Hepatitis A virus (HAV) and does not result in chronic infection or chronic liver disease. HAV infection is primarily transmitted by  either person-to-person contact or by eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Hepatitis B is caused by infection with the Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and can be self-limiting or chronic. HBV is spread when exposed to infected blood or body fluids that contain the HBV virus. Risk factors for getting this virus are: unprotected sex with an infected partner, babies born to an infected mother, unprotected sex with more than one partner, men who have sex with other men (MSM), history of other STIs, and illegal injection drug use.

Hope this helps.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the United States. Although the HCV virus can be transmitted through sexual intercourse, the most common infection is through a blood transfusion from unscreened donors or through use of contaminated needles, such as injecting drugs.

There is more information on the CDC website at:

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"Can I get pregnant if I’ve had sex 9 times with no contraception?"

Not only do you run the risk of an unintended pregnancy, you are at risk for getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI). I encourage you to consider talking with your health care provider about contraceptive options. Additionally, your provider can give you information on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI). Condoms offer excellent protection against STIs and will provide some protection against an unintended pregnancy. Most health departments will give free condoms along with instructions on the proper care and use of condoms.

You don’t say how old you but let me offer that health care visits are confidential and if you are over 13 years of age, you can see a heath care provider for birth control, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment. Seeing a health care provider is important for your health and well-being.

Hope this helps.

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