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What guys need to know about birth control

 

Using condoms is a good idea, even if she’s on birth control. Here’s why.

If you had sex without a condom, you may have an STD. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. Many Pennsylvania Reproductive Health Centers offer free and confidential testing for teens 17 and under.

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  1. Yusuf

    Great questions, Stacey! So there is an incsaered risk of pelvic inflammatory disease for about three weeks after insertion, usually related to a pre-existing STD. All teens who get IUDs here (and in most places) are screened for gonorrhea and chlamydia at the time of insertion. If their tests come back positive, they can be effectively treated with antibiotics during the first few days. The string, thankfully, is no longer an issue as it is now manufactured so it doesn’t wick the bacteria up into the uterus like the old ones did. As far as the change regarding teens getting IUDs, I think the new research showing that the IUD string doesn’t wick bacteria into the uterus was a huge factor, since teens and young adults have a higher rate of contracting STDs than adults. It’s also ideal for teens in that once it’s inserted, no further action is required (teens are famous for forgetting to take pills and shots on time.) Also, the Mirena (approved in 2000 by the FDA) shortens and sometimes stops periods, which is very attractive for many teens who have menstrual problems, which can range from annoying to life-threatening. Some places are still leery of giving teens a Mirena IUD, but we have a lot of satisfied patients with one.