Miscellaneous

I lost an antibiotic pill. Will that hurt me?

“I received antibiotics for an infection. I was told to take all of them until they were gone. I dropped one and cannot find it, will that hurt me or should I come in to get one more pill?”

A: “You will need to contact the health care provider that prescribed the antibiotic. Since we are educators and not doctors we can not give you medical advice.”

Why do adolescents go through changes during puberty?

“Why adolescents need to go through psychological and emotional changes during puberty? What are the types of emotional and psychological changes males will go through during puberty?”

A: “Adolescents need to go through emotional changes during puberty because their bodies are producing different hormones that cause many changes. While males go through puberty they may become moodier, develop feelings for the opposite sex, some males may be embarrassed or scared of the changes that are happening while others may feel excited that they are growing up. It’s important to remember that you are not alone. Everybody goes through puberty and they probably have the same questions. Don’t be afraid to ask.”

When does ovulation usually start?

“When does ovulation usually start??? Who will I know??? I just started today, so when will I be ovulating, and how can I get pregnant???”

A: “A woman typically ovulates 14 days before her period starts. Having unprotected sex increases a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant, however a woman is most likely to get pregnant if she has unprotected during ovulation. To prevent an unintended pregnancy, always remember to use protection consistently and correctly if you are going to have sex.”

What should I do when I get an erection?

“My son asked me what should i do when i get an erection, i told him to just ignore it and think about something else. the thing is he wasn’t satisfied with that so then he asked me about taping it. Is taping ok or is it unsafe?”

A: “I do not recommend taping his penis. Once the erection subsides the tape will pull on the skin of his penis which may be painful. What you might suggest to him is to secure his penis in his underwear until the erection subsides.”

Sperm allergy

“How do I know if I have a sperm allergy? My boyfriend ejaculates inside of me and my vagina always gets red and swollen. This has happened with other partners as well.”

A: Since we are educators and not doctors, it’s difficult to determine the problem. We recommend scheduling an appointment at Family Planning to discuss any problems.

Risks with anal sex

“I am being 100% serious. Are there any negative side effects of me having anal sex with my girlfriend? The first time, she said it hurt, yet she still orgasmed.”

A: “Although there is no risk for pregnancy with anal sex there is a risk for sexually transmitted infections including HIV. It is important to use a latex condom with each act of anal sex to help prevent the spread of disease. Also, remember to communicate with your partner.”

Questioning Paternity

“I am 33 yrs old, and I am 13 weeks pregnant, so my doctor told me I conceived somewhere around 11/16/05. I had unprotected sex on 11/12 with a longtime friend, and he used the withdrawal method. From 11/14-11/16, my ovulation dates, I had sex with my longtime boyfriend (we had been trying to get pregnant). What are the chances of my baby’s father being the longtime friend I had sex with on 11/12? I am very scared and concerned, so any help will be appreciated. Thank you!”

A: I cannot give you a percentage, but since sperm have lived 5-7 days in a woman’s body and you may not have ovulated exactly on your predicted days, it does seem possible that either man could be the father. Unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is to take a paternity test once the child is born.

Pap smear at 40

“I recently lost my job and benefits, Is 40 years of age to old to make an appointment for a pap smear and birth control. I do work part time. Or could you point me in the right direction to have this done. “

A: No, 40 is not too old to get on birth control. We recommend calling the Family Planning clinic to schedule an appointment. You will have a pap smear before being put on birth control

Lubricants

“I’ve been on the shot for a little over a year and I noticed that it’s harder for me to get wet now. I did my research and it confirmed that it’s because of my birth control. I know I could use lube, and I do, but I was wondering if there was any way to make the chances of getting wet higher? I already drink over 8 glasses of water a day. “

A: Although using lubricant helps, try using a moisturizer. Moisturizers will last longer and this can be bought over the counter.

Low sex drive?

“I have been dating my boyfriend for 5 years now. I am 21 and he is 20. We have been leaving together for about a year now. At the start of our relationship we fooled around. We haven’t had sex though. I have been on birth control for 3 years now. But the last 2 years we haven’t done anything at all only kiss and cuddle. we get along great and don’t fight. I sometimes ask him why his never in the mood and he says he has no clue why. We have talked about him going to see a doc. but i think he is to embarrassed to go see one or having to explain to his dad why he has to go. Do you know what could be the reasoning behind his low sex drive? OR how he could fix it. He is to young to have these problems.”

A: We recommend him calling Family Planning and scheduling an appointment. Our services are confidential so permission from a parent is not needed.