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Question of the Week (9/30/12)

Q: As is it's my first month on birth control i'm done with my 28 days and i still haven't got my period do i take the sugar pills even without my period?

A: Yes, you should continue taking the pills as prescribed by your physician. It may take a couple days after you take the last of the hormone pills to actually get your period. Since you are new on the pills, sometimes it takes several months for a person body to get used to a hormonal method.  

Also keep in mind that birth control pills are very effective in preventing but do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections, so condoms should be used during any sexual activity.

Question of the Week (9/23/12)

Q: I'm trying to determine whether or not I need plan b. I'm taking Junel. I usually start the week on Sunday. The week of June 3rd, I had missed a couple of pills and my period started 6/9. I decided to skip my satuday pill and let my period continue. I resumed taking the pill on Thursday, June 14th. Would I be protected on June 19th, or would it be a good idea to take a plan b?

A: Since you missed several pills I would recommend taking the morning after pill to be safe. If you are age 17 or older you can obtain the pill at a local pharmacy, or you could give us a call and come into one of our health centers and receive it there.

Please remember that even though the pill protects against pregnancy it does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections, so it is always best to use condoms during sexual activity as well.

If you would like to come into any of our health centers, please give us a call at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (9/16/12)

Q: How do I login to get my std test results?

A: To check your results online just go to our website http://www.planned.org/ and then click on the icon that says check lab results online. It will then ask you for the following information:

  • customer id#
  • PIN: date of birth (in 6-digit form )
  • Another ID which should have been given to you by the clinic.

If you donít remember what that was feel free to give us a call at 1-888-743-7526 and they can get that for you.

Question of the Week (9/9/12)

Q: I've had a cold sore for 4 days now it's in it's the healing stage. It totally skipped my mind in the heat of the moment and I gave my bf oral sex. We then went on to have sex. How possible is it that I have now given us both genital herpes? I'm very scared and paranoid I am unsure of what to do.

A: Herpes Simplex Virus is very contagious and can be passed through oral, anal, and vaginal sex. The best thing would be for you to give us a call and make an appointment to see one of our Clinicians. In the meantime if you do engage in any sexual activity it is very important to use condoms or dental dams.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (9/2/12)

Q: I am 19 years old and it is my first month on the Ortho Tri-Cyclen birth control pill. I accidentally took the last blue pill (I went counterclockwise instead of clockwise, I took the 21st pill). What should I do? Also, my boyfriend is visiting tomorrow, can I start a new pack to avoid my period?

A: Please continue taking your pills as normal, the pill you took (21st pill) will still provide you protection against pregnancy, but not against sexually transmitted infections, so it is always best to also use condoms.

As far as skipping your period, it is best to first talk with your medical provider. Many providers choose specific birth control methods based on the individual's medical history and need.

If you would like to talk to one of our Clinicians, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (8/26/12)

Q: I had unprotected sex on the last day of my period, and then again the day after my period ended. Two days after my period ended, I began bleeding again. The bleeding has been light and steady and has continued for the past 10 days. It is relatively the same color and consistency as my normal period blood. What could be causing this bleeding?

A: A female can have spotting and bleeding between her periods for many reasons. Since you are having unprotected sex I would recommend you coming into one of our health centers for a pregnancy test, information about birth control, and testing for sexually transmitted infections.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (8/19/12)

Q: If ur girl friend gives u a bj and u ejaculate in her mouth and she gets red dots at the back of her throat and they r both virgin and they haven't fooled around with other people either what does it mean and what should they do?

A: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be spread through oral sex, so it is always important to use some type of protection (condom, dental dam) when involved in any type of sexual activity.

STIs are spread through sexual contact, so if neither your partner or you have been sexually active (vaginal, oral, or anal) with any partners before, then there would be no exposure to STIs.

Since you are involved in sexual activity (oral sex), I would recommend that you visit your doctor or one of our health centers to get more information on birth control, condoms, and STIs. To make an appointment, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (8/12/12)

Q: My boyfriend and I had sex today. I'm on my period and he nutted a little bit in me. Am I going to get pregnant?

A: Sperm can live in the vagina for several hours and once in the uterus, sperm can live for 5-7 days. So depending on a female's cycle and when she is ovulating, it is possible for a female to get pregnant when she is on her period.

If you would like to come into one of our health centers for a pregnancy test or for information about birth control, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (8/5/12)

Q: My penis has many small white bumps, that when squeezed, give out a white discharge. These seem to be pimples to me. I am otherwise completely healthy and functional. I have not been tested for STIs, and have had vaginal sex several times, with a condom, and once without, during the past 12 months, with only one sexual partner. Is this normal and not an STI?

A: These bumps could be symptoms of several things including a sexually transmitted infection. Condoms do a great job protecting against STIs, but they are not 100% effective and only protect the area they are covering.

I think it would be best for you to schedule an appointment and be seen by one of our Clinicians.

To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (7/29/12)

Q: Do I have to make an appointment with planned parenthood in order to get birth control?

A: Yes, to receive birth control or any other services at Planned Parenthood you will need to make an appointment. 

To find the closest health center to you and to schedule an appointment please call 1-888-743-7526 or schedule online at http://www.planned.org/

Question of the Week (7/22/12)

Q: Do planned parenthood locations do freezing for genital warts or moloscum?

A: Planned Parenthood health centers do offer treatment for many sexually transmitted infections, including genital warts and moloscum.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (7/15/12)

Q: Hello, I recently just got back on the patch because I took it off a few days before my patch change day. But I had unprotected sex today, so I took a plan b pill and immediately got back on the patch as soon as I swallowed the pill. Is this safe? Is there still a chance of me getting pregnant?

A: Because you were not protected by the Patch at the time of unprotected sex, there is a chance that pregnancy could occur. Plan B if about 88% effective in preventing pregnancy and the sooner you take it the better. 

I would recommend abstaining from sexual activity for two weeks and then taking a pregnancy test. Also note that if you are not pregnant your period may be a little different this month because of taking Plan B and that the Patch is only offering protection against pregnancy, but not against any sexually transmitted infections.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers for a pregnancy test, please call 1-888-743-7526

Question of the Week (7/8/12)

Q: Last month I started taking birth control. I only took about 5 because it made me feel sick so I stopped. My scheduled period was suppose to be on the 30th so I took a pregnancy test and it said negative. Now it's the 8th and I still haven't got my period. What does that mean? Should I take another pregnancy test?

A: Starting and stopping a hormonal birth control method can impact your menstrual cycle; it could come earlier, be lighter, heavier, or come later. If you are having unprotected sex, I do recommend you take another pregnancy test, then abstain from sex for two weeks and retest. If that test is negative, it would be best to wait for your next period or to make an appointment for a consultation with a Clinician.

Please keep in mind that there are many options of birth control available. If this one didn't work, you can always try another method that will best fit your needs. Also remember that birth control is very effective for preventing pregnancy but does not protect against any sexually transmitted infections, so condoms should always be used.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (7/1/12)

Q: I am currently 22 and I have been taking Ortho tri-cyclen 28 for the past year. I have been taking it every day around the same time, but last week I forgot to take one and I took two the following day. Yesterday I experienced light brown discharge once and today in the morning it happened again. Would it be possible that it is implantation bleeding or just the effect of me taking two birth control pills?

A: Yes, when using a hormonal method, it is possible by doubling a dose to have some minor spotting. If this spotting continues or becomes heavier, I would recommend seeing a Clinician for a consultation.

Please keep in mind that even though birth control pills are effective for preventing pregnancy they do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections, so condoms should be used with every sexual act.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (6/24/12)

Q: How much is a doctor's appointment for a check up? I have never been to planned parenthood before, but they told me it was free... is it true?

A: In the state of California, we have a program called Family PACT. If a person qualifies for this program, the majority of their reproductive health cost is covered by the state and at no charge to them. These services include birth control, pap smears, testing and treatment for sexually infections, and more. If a person if pregnant or over a certain age they will not qualify for this program. Other qualifications are income level, lack or barriers to insurance, and confidentiality concerns.

To make an appointment or find out if you qualify for this program, please give us a call at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (6/17/12)

Q: I'm currently taking jolessa birth control and I'm on my second pack, I've been taking it everyday at the same time for 6-7 months. I've never missed a pill. My boyfriend and I had sex without a condom while I was on my sixth of the seven white pills. He pulled out. I'd already had a period, and was still slightly bleeding. Should I take a plan b pill?

A: If you have been taking your pill every day at around the same time each day, without skipping any pills, your chances of preventing pregnancy are 97%.  Besides sexual abstinence, no method, including taking a morning after pill, is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. Since you have already have had your menstrual cycle I do not see the need for you to take the morning after pill, also known as emergency contraception. Emergency Contraception is about 88% effective and gradually declines in effectiveness as time goes on.

If you would like to make an appointment at any of our health centers for more information about emergency contraception, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (6/10/12)

Q: I got the iud like 3 or 4 months ago and i have been getting my period normaly every month. Is it normal for me to have a late or missed period once in a while. Im almost 2 weeks late.

A: I will need a little bit more information to better answer your questions. Did you get the Mirena IUD, if so one of the side effects of the Mirena is having abnormal periods or going into Amenorhrea, which means you would stop having a period.  This is completely normal and healthy and usually happens in the first 3-4 months after the IUD is inserted.

If you are on the Paraguard, you should still continue with your menstrual cycle, but your periods may be heavier than before insertion.  If you are late on your periods, I would recommend taking a pregnancy test immediately.

Also, keep in mind that the IUD is very effective for preventing pregnancy, but it does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections, so condoms should be used during any sexual activity.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers for a pregnancy test or to check your IUD, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (6/3/12)

Q: I had sexual intercourse with my girlfriend two days ago and I ejaculated inside of her. The next day she told me that when she urinates it hurts. Today, two days after we had intercourse, she told me that it was going away already but we are still wondering of we should go to the clinic to see what caused it or if it was normal. Can you tell us it this is a normal reaction. Is this something we need to be worried about? Thank you!!

A: There could be several reasons for your girlfriend's discomfort. She could have been sore from having sexual intercourse, she could have a urinary tract infection (which is very common, especially after sexual intercourse if bacteria entered into the vagina), or pain during urination can be a sign of a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

I would recommend that your girlfriend contacts her Doctor or Clinician to be evaluated and be tested for STIs.  I also would also recommended that you be tested as well for STIs.

If you or your girlfriend would like to come to Planned Parenthood, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (5/27/12)

Q: Is planned parenthood for males too? Also can medication be givin if an std is found?

A: Planned Parenthood does see male patients at our health centers for multiple services, including testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

To make an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (5/20/12)

Q: I've been really freaking out lately and I don't know who else to talk to. I had sex one time with my boyfriend of one year and now I have a bump down there he told me he's a virgin but I don't know if he's lying. It was unprotected and only lasted five minutes and he didn't come. Could I have an STD? Should I get tested? I'm only sixteen so do I need parents permission?

A: A bump on the genitals could be caused by several things; a pimple, an ingrown hair, and unfortunately a sexually transmitted infection (STI). I would recommend getting yourself tested for STIs and having a clinician take a look at the bump to determine a diagnosis.

In the state of California you must be 12 years old or older to consent to STI testing without parental consent or notification.

To schedule an appointment at any of our health centers, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (5/13/12)

Q: The birth control planned parenthood put me on doesnt have enough hormones. Am i able to trade my birth control in for a better one for myself, for free?

A: I am sorry you are experiencing any difficulty with your birth control, but keep in mind that any new method may take the body about 3 months to get used to the new hormones.  If you cannot or do not want to wait that long, I recommend you come in to talk with a Clinician about switching your method. If you qualified for the Family PACT program when you received your first set of pills, and nothing has changed on your income or insurance you will probably qualify again. To schedule an appointment, please call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (5/06/12)

Q: I just started using the birth control patch 3 weeks ago and im on my 4th week (week off), what if I don't start my period this week while I have the patch off? Do I keep one off until I do start??

A: When starting a new method of birth control it may take several months for your body to get used to the additional hormones, so your periods may come later or earlier, they may be lighter or heavier.  Because this is your 4th week you should be getting your period, if you do not receive your period by the end of the week I recommend you give us a call to talk to one of our Clinicians. Our number is 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (4/29/12)

Q: Hi, I was wondering if getting pregnant is possible if you have unprotected sex on your period but your partner didn't ejaculate?  Thank you.

A: There are many myths about when a female is able and not able to get pregnant. First, if their partner did not ejaculate, there could still be semen present in pre-ejaculate fluid. Urine and semen both leave the male's body through the urethra. Prior to ejaculation the Cowper's Gland releases a small amount of fluid to coat the urethra, this is called pre-ejaculate fluid and sperm as well as sexually transmitted infections can be present in this fluid.Second,  Sperm can live in the vagina for several hours and once in the uterus sperm can live for 5-7 days.  So depending on a females cycle and when she is ovulating it is possible for a female to get pregnant  when she is on her period. For more information or to receive birth control or testing for sexually transmitted infections please give us a call to make an appointment with a clinician at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (4/22/12)

Q: What happens if you swallow cum? Does that do anything to the body at all? Just wanted to know...also, is there such thing as pre-cum when having sex? Can pre-cum get me pregnant at all or is it just a different substance of sperm? I really really need to know. Thank you!

A: Having any type of unprotected sex; vaginal, anal, or oral, could result in the passing of sexually transmitted infections. Sexually transmitted infections that can be passed orally include; Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Hepatitis B. Also Herpes can be passed from skin to skin contact, which includes oral sex. Pre-cum is actually fluid from the Cowper's Gland. Because both semen and urine leave the males body through the urethra the urethra can be an acidic environment, which would be dangerous for the sperm. Before a male ejaculates the Cowper's Glad release a fluid to coat the lining of the urethra and neutralizes the acid to help the sperm survive, this is what is known as pre-cum. To make an appointment for testing or to receive birth control or condoms please give us a call at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (4/15/12)

Q: Last month, I didn't get a period so naturally, I was freaking out, but it was most likely due to stress (college, finance, tests, etc). I've been taking Ortho-tri-cyclen for over two years and this was the first time it has happened (but this was the first time I've been super stressed in a long while).On the last week of my active pill, I was spotting (dark red/brownish). Two days before placebo/sugar pills, I started getting period blood looking..blood. Here's the stupid catch: I decided to skip my sugar pills thinking i'll skip my period and I'm still on it, but very lightly. It's been a week since that light period started. I've taken pregnancy tests, all negative. I just need a feedback and reassurance.

A: Stress can definitely play a part in affecting a females menstrual cycle, but it sounds like the best thing for you would to be schedule an appointment at one of our health centers and make an appointment with one of our Clinicians. You can schedule an appointment by calling 1-888-743-7520. Also, keep in mind that the birth control pill does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections, so condoms should always be used.

Question of the Week (4/8/12)

Q: So I've been on Lutera for almost four months now and I usually always take it around 10pm. The other night my boyfriend and I had sex and I didn't end up taking my pill till almost 1am. We used the pull out method but I'm worried. I've also started to spot about 5 days ago and it worrys me because my period wasn't due until about 2 weeks. Could I be pregnant? And why am I bleeding so soon before I am suppose to get my period?

A: I do want to remind you that birth control is not 100% effective in preventing pregnancy so there is always a small chance. I would advise you to always use condoms during sexual activity to increase your chances of pregnancy prevention as well as protection form sexually transmitted infections. If you are concerned about a possible pregnancy it would be a good idea to come in and have a pregnancy test at one of our clinics.  To make an appointment or find the closest clinic to you, call 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (4/1/12)

Q: I took cipro for a UTI on April 15th. I was on it for 7 days. I took the antibiotic my last week of active pills. I started a new pack yesterday. Am I safe or do I have to use back up birth control?

A: Whenever taking antibiotics it is important to use a backup method of pregnancy prevention, like condoms or abstinence, during the time you are taking the medication and for one week after you competed your last dose. It is important to remember that though birth control pills are a great method of protecting against pregnancy, they offer no protection against sexually transmitted infections, so I would always recommend using condoms as well.

Question of the Week (3/25/12)

Q: I am on the mini pill and am usually very good at taking it. I had the flu and then several colds in january and my period was very light. I did have another stressful event so I wasn't too worried when I messedy period in february. Now that I've missed another day and I'm 35 days late, I'm wondering what I should do. I've taken 2 pregnancy tests and both were negative and at various times. 

A: I'm supposing by the information you provided that you were sexually active during the time that you messed up some of your pills. Any time you're on a birth control method and it's not being taken consistently, pregnancy is a possibility. However if youíve taken 2 tests already and youíve tested negative then the tests should be pretty accurate. However, if you still havenít gotten your period then I would give us a call at 1-888-743-7526 and we can make an appointment for you to come in and have a pregnancy test with us and we can talk about perhaps a different pill that might work better if this one isnít keeping your periods consistent.

Question of the Week (3/18/12)

Q: Can Planned Parenthood test for STDs?

A: Yes, Planned Parenthood absolutely provides testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). If you are interested in getting tested I recommend you give us a call and make an appointment at 1-888-743-7526. If you are having any symptoms, any at all, please make sure to let the center staff know when you call so they can make you the appointment with the appropriate provider. When you call to make the appointment they can also give you the information about state funding.

Question of the Week (3/11/12)

Q: I had the mirena iud put in march 1, 2012 and last night march 16, 2012 me and my partner had sex and did not use a condom nor the pull out method and everything stayed inside. Should I take the plan b pill to avoid pregancy? Or should I be fine since this is a question I did forget to ask my doctor. How long did I have to wait for the mirena to be in affect. Keeping in mind I did just end my period 2 days ago?

A: Based on the dates that you have given me, you should be okay. No need to take plan B. I do however want to remind you that your birth control method does not offer protection against STI's. So if you haven't already done so, please make sure that you and your partner get tested for infections to make sure you're not passing anything back and forth to one another. If you have any other questions feel free to write us back or to call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (3/4/12)

Q: I had sex on Sunday, March 3, Monday, and today, Wednesday, without protection. He came inside me. Can I still take plan B pill??? Or what can I do??

A: The morning after pill can be used up to 120 hours, or 5 days, after unprotected intercourse. You can access it at one of our clinic locations or by walking into a pharmacy and asking a pharmacist for one if you are over 17. The morning after pill is 75-89% effective. While itís a good option, it is not as reliable as using a consistent method of birth control such as condoms or the pill. I would recommend that you consider starting a method of birth control that is 99% effective. There are many options such as the pill, the patch, the ring, the shot, Implanon, or an IUC. If you're interested in accessing any of the above services please give us a call to schedule an appointment to come in and we can get you started. You can reach us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (2/26/12)

Q: Hi, I have HPV and got the Gardasil vaccine aftwards. Can I still spread it to someone else through skin contact?

A: HPV is a complex virus. I applaud you for taking the initiative to get the vaccine. In order to answer your question I would need to know if you have HPV warts or if you've had an abnormal pap smear that came back positive for HPV. HPV warts are a skin-to-skin contact virus. That means that if you've been diagnosed with warts at some point then yes, you can pass it on through skin-to-skin contact even if you've had the vaccine. And if you've had a pap smear come back positive for HPV, then that actually requires the exchange of body fluids to pass it on (vaginal fluid).

What the vaccine actually does is help protect you against 4 strains of HPV that cause 90% of genital wart cases and 70% of cervical cancer cases. But in order to protect against any of those 4 strains you must not have been infected with them. Now if a patient maybe has 1 of those 4  strains already then the vaccine would still kick in and protect against the other 3 strains. Does this make sense? So it's still a great vaccine to get even if someone has already been diagnosed with some form of HPV.

I hope I have been able to answer your question. If not please feel free to write back or to call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (2/19/12)

Q: Can you get birth control pills if you're under age in California without your parents' consent? I am 15.

A: In the State of California there is a law in effect that allows minors to access many different kinds of services without parental consent or notification. Among those services are reproductive health services. That means being able to be tested for STIs, have preventative exams, and birth control. You can access these services at any community clinic or Planned Parenthood in CA. We do recommend that you talk to a trusted adult, parent, or guardian if possible. However if you feel you cannot, you donít have to. If you have any other questions or if you want to make an appointment please call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (2/12/12)

Q: So I've been on Lutera for 3 weeks now but I had sex twice towards the end of my second week taking the pill. We didn't use a condom but he also didn't cum inside me because it was our first time. I'm kind of scared because some of my friends are saying that I haven't been on the pill long enough to have unprotected sex and you can get pregnant from pre cum. Today there is like brown discharge in my underwear and I was just wondering if I should be worried that I could be pregnant? Please help me!

A: Birth control pills take a full week to go into full effect. So if you were at the end of the second you should be okay.  A couple things to keep in mind are that pills, even at their full effect, are not 100% effective and that pre-ejaculatory fluid ("pre-cum") contains enough sperm to cause a pregnancy.  Also remember that pills do not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections (STI's). So even though you're on the pill you should still be using condoms every time unless you've both been tested and havenít had had any other partners in the last 6 months. If you need to schedule an appointment to come in for testing please call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (2/5/12)

Q: No need to worry. You didnít do any kind of damage. And if you're not sexually active then we can rule out pregnancy. When we get off of birth control it can sometimes throw the body off and thatís why you get a period when you werenít supposed to and then perhaps not get it when you were. Not to worry. If you still havenít gotten your period and its time, then you can just pick a Sunday and start to take your pills. You will just be resetting your body's cycle and you'll start to regulate again. It's not a problem at all. I do however want to remind you that if you become sexually active again soon, that it does take pills a week to be fully active. So make sure if you do have sex to use a backup method such as condoms. If you have any other questions, please feel free to write us back or to call us at 1-888-743-7526.

A: Always listen to the doctor. He/she was correct in telling you that it takes a full week before your birth control is actually fully effective. If you had only been taking it for 2 days then it was not working at its full potential yet. The best things to do is to get another Plan B and take it as soon as you can. Remember you have 120 hours after unprotected sex to take it. However, it is more effective within the first 72 hours. It will be not cause any harm to take it again even though you recently took it so no worries there. To schedule an appointment to  get the morning after pill or for any other questions, please call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (1/29/12)

Q: I took Plan B about 2 weeks ago and last week I got my period. I also went to Planned Parenthood for the first time and got birth control pills to start on Sunday, 1/29/2012. I took the pill on Sunday and Monday. On Monday night, I had unprotected sex. I remember the doctor telling me to not have unprotected sex until the next Sunday (So I would've taken 7 pills) but my partner said that birth control starts when you take the first pill. Do I just keep taking my daily birth control pills or do I do something else now to avoid pregnancy from last night's unprotected sex? I do not know if it is healthy to take Plan B again after have taken it two weeks ago.

A: Always listen to the doctor. He/she was correct in telling you that it takes a full week before your birth control is actually fully effective. If you had only been taking it for 2 days then it was not working at its full potential yet. The best things to do is to get another Plan B and take it as soon as you can. Remember you have 120 hours after unprotected sex to take it. However, it is more effective within the first 72 hours. It will be not cause any harm to take it again even though you recently took it so no worries there. To schedule an appointment to  get the morning after pill or for any other questions, please call us at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (1/22/12)

Q: I think I have an infection, but I don't know where to get answers to what it is. My family does not talk about these things. What can I do to find a solution? I have itchiness, discharge every day, abnormal period (always have), and white dots. I'm worried. I don't have insurance, so I can't see a doctor. What should I do?

A: It seems like you have some real symptoms going on. I would recommend that you make an appointment with us to come in and get an infection check. During your visit you'll see a nurse practitioner who can run some tests and give you medication as necessary. California has a great program called Family Pact that helps those people who donít have insurance and meet some other requirements. If you qualify for this, your services will be paid for by the state. When you contact us for an appointment we can tell you then if you would qualify based on a couple questions. Feel free to give us a call at 1-888-743-7526 so we can make that appointment for you at your earliest convenience and at the clinic of your choice.

Question of the Week (1/15/12)

Q: I think I am late on my period. I have a period tracker application on my phone that helps me keep track of when to expect my period. It says I am about 6 days late. I took a test and it came out negative, but I still haven't started my period. What should I do?

A: You can retake a test in another week just to make sure. However, a pregnancy test after having missed your period is fairly accurate. I would recommend that you perhaps consider starting a method of birth control that is consistent so that it helps regulate your cycle as well as prevent pregnancy with an effectiveness of up to 99%. If you'd like to see us for a pregnancy test or to talk about birth control options, give us a call at 1-888-743-7526.

Question of the Week (1/8/12)

Q: If I take a pregnancy test in my local planned parenthood clinic, will they also give me an ultrasound to see how far along I am?

A: Planned Parenthood offers pregnancy testing at all of our locations. However we do not currently offer ultrasounds to check exactly how far along you might be although we do give you a pretty good estimate based on some information we take from you. If you continue your pregnancy you will be seeing an OBGYN and they will be the ones to do an ultrasound for you. If you choose to terminate your pregnancy, then one will be done at that time as well to verify how far along you are. If you have any other questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-743-7526 or http://www.planned.org/.

Question of the Week (1/1/12)

Q: Help! The condom broke when I was having sex with my girlfriend. What can I do!?

A: A condom breaking during intercourse can be a scary thing, but let me assure you there is a back-up option available to help prevent an unintended pregnancy. This method is called Emergency Contraception (EC). EC can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. EC is 75% -89% in preventing pregnancy, but it does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted infections. If you are over the age of 18 you can purchase EC at a pharmacy. To learn which pharmacies dispense EC you can call 1-888-NOT2LATE. If you under the age of 18, you will need to make an appointment at one of our clinics to be prescribed EC. You can make an appointment by calling 1-888-743-7526. I would also recommend making an additional appointment in 2-3 weeks to get tested for sexually transmitted infections.


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