All of your personal questions regarding birth control and sexual health answered here.
How can I get into BC4U?
It’s easy! You can start a video visit with us online or just give us a call at 720-777-2248.
What if I need a pregnancy test or Plan B right away?
We can mail a pregnancy test or Plan B overnight to an address of your choice or arrange a time for you to come into one of our clinics same-day during these hours: 8am-12:00pm and 1pm-5pm. Just call us at 720-777-2248 and press 3 to speak with a nurse or do an on-demand video visit right from here.
Does my mom or dad have to come with me to get birth control?
Nope! You never have to bring a parent and we do not need their permission to see you. Some people think it’s helpful for their parents to come, but that’s totally up to you!
What is a phone visit and how does it work?
A phone visit is just like a video or clinic visit but you talk to one of our providers over the phone instead of on video or in a clinic room.
What can you do during a phone visit?
We can do a lot during a phone visit and even mail you a pregnancy test, Plan B, birth control, condoms, STI tests and more! We’ll just ask you what address you want everything sent to or if you want to pick it up at our pharmacy.
What if I decide I want an IUD or Nexplanon implant?
If you decide on an IUD, Nexplanon or anything that needs to take place in one of our clinics the provider you talk to on the phone will schedule that for you.
I’m really scared to come in. What can I do?
Adulting can be scary. But so can a pregnancy scare or STD scare. We get it.
How about bringing a friend? Or talking with our health educator first? Text us anytime at 720-593-9880.
Getting into a clinic is tough for me. Is there another option?
Yes! We offer phone visits and video visits. During phone and video visits you can get free medical advice AND a prescription from anywhere!
You do need to schedule phone visits but video visits are like a walk-in at a clinic, without having to walk in! Click here to learn more about a video visit.
My period is late… What do I do?
Periods can be late for all kinds of reasons. Everything from stress to pregnancy can make a period late.
Should I come in?
The best thing to do is talk to one of our doctors/providers on a video visit or give us a call to schedule a visit.
Is it safe for birth control to change or stop my period?
Yes! It is perfectly safe NOT to have periods while on birth control and many people love this. But if something doesn’t feel right to you, give us a call or start a video visit and we’ll chat with you.
Is it bad not to have a period every month?
We get this question a lot. When you are on a hormonal birth control, you do not need to have a period every month.
The methods are protecting your uterus, keeping it nice and healthy for when you do decide to get pregnant. But if you are not on birth control, it is important to have a period every month.
Will my partner feel the IUD?
There are tiny strings on the IUD that partners sometimes can feel, but most don’t. Usually they tuck behind the cervix, and stay out of the way.
But what if my partner does feel them?
If your partner feels them, and this is affecting your sex life and intimacy, come in and see us, we can talk about trimming the strings.
Can the IUD get lost or fall out?
About 3 out of 100 women who had an IUD put in will have their bodies “push the IUD out”. This is nothing that you did or caused. It just happens. The IUD can come part way out, or all the way out.
How would I know if it’s falling out?
Sometimes people feel the strings are longer or their spotting or cramping is getting worse. Some people don’t feel it at all. We can check for you.
Is it dangerous if the IUD is coming out? Is it still working?
The IUD coming out is not dangerous, or unsafe, but it can mean that your birth control is not working. If you have concerns that yours is coming out, come in and see us. We can check.
Can I use tampons with my IUD?
You sure can! It is nearly impossible to bump or pull out an IUD with a tampon.
Yep, not to get too technical, but they “sit” in different places and get along very nicely.
Does birth control affect my ability to get pregnant if I want to?
Nope! None of the birth control methods that we use at our clinic affect your ability to get pregnant if you want to.
How long does it take until I am able to get pregnant again?
It is really important that most of the methods have an IMMEDIATE return to fertility – meaning, you can get pregnant the day you stop or it is removed.
So what else can I do?
If you decide to stop or remove a type of birth control, we can get you started right away with something else that works for you.
Does my body need a break in between, when I switch birth control methods?
Not at all! The biggest risk in “taking a break” is that you could get pregnant. There is no benefit or need for your body to “go back to normal”, have a period, or take a break between methods.
Can birth control affect my mood?
In very rare occasions, birth control can affect your mood. About 1 in 100 women using birth control will have depressed mood or mood swings.
What should I do if it affects my mood?
If this happens to you, don’t assume there is something wrong with you or just “deal with it”, please schedule an appointment with us or hop on a video visit to chat.
How often do condoms fail?
It happens. Condoms should always be used to reduce the risk of STDs but they can fail when used incorrectly.
What if they are used correctly?
Even if condoms are used correctly every time you have sex, there is an 18% chance the condom will still fail. Check out our condoms video on the resources tab to learn how to put a condom on correctly.
Do I have to take the pill every day at the same time?
Yes. To be 99% effective, pills have to be taken at the same time every day. This can be hard to do.
How many days in row do I take it?
With some hormonal pills, you must take it every single day. With others, you take a hormonal pill every day for 21, 24 or even 26 days of the cycle. Then you have a hormone-free break of 2, 4, or 7 days where you take a hormone-free pill or don’t take any pills.
During this break, you will still be protected and you will have a period-like bleed.
Can birth control cause me to have acne?
Most of the modern birth control methods do not cause acne and some birth control methods can help acne. Everyone’s body reacts differently. For most, it does not cause acne. For some, it will.
Does the birth control type matter?
Some are better at treating acne than others.
I was told not having your period will make me fat. Is that true?
When you are using a birth control method that stops your period, it does not cause you to gain weight.
So what happens to your period?
Most methods thin the lining of the uterus preventing periods from ever happening. That blood is not “building up” for one massive period. Periods aren’t even being created.
So how do people gain weight on birth control then?
Well, weight gain is all about calories in and calories out. Some methods can make you feel more hungry. If you respond to this by eating more, then you can gain weight.
How do I prevent this?
As long as you are eating healthy and exercising, you should not gain any weight on birth control. Normally less than 1 in 100 women using birth control gain weight.
Will the implant move?
The implant does not move when placed where it is supposed to be. It sits nicely underneath the skin right on top of the fat and muscle.
Tell me more.
It can be about 1 cm above or below the scar from where it is put in. That is really normal. If it is placed incorrectly (in the muscle) it can move. This is why providers are required to get trained to put it in.
I have an implant and have not had my period. Where is it?
With the implant you should expect changes in your period. It is perfectly normal. It is not “backing up” or “storing” blood inside your body.
A period is formed by the lining of your uterus thickening and getting ready for a pregnancy (think of it as a nice fluffy pillow waiting for a fertilized egg). When a pregnancy does not occur, that lining sheds and come out as your period. While on birth control, that thick lining never happens.
What happens instead?
The lining stays very thin and your period is never created. The hormones protect the lining, keeping it healthy for when and if you do want to get pregnant.
How effective is the withdrawal method?
Withdrawal can be an effective method if used PERFECTLY. But this requires mad skills by the person with a penis. The person with a penis has to be in great control of their body and really has to know their body well in order to make it work. This is the method that makes us most nervous. It is an okay back up to a more effective method, but we do see it fail.
We’d love to help you use a more effective method if you’d like. Plus, you get zero STD protection with withdrawal.
I have had a STD in the past. How do I know if I am infertile?
Many young people believe that because they’ve had an STD, they can’t get pregnant. If you don’t have any other medical conditions that affect fertility, it’s best to assume that you can get pregnant.
Can I get a test?
There’s really no way to test it except to “try and get pregnant” and see what happens. We don’t recommend this unless you’re ready to be a parent.
In some rare cases, STDs can cause scaring in your tubes and make it difficult to get pregnant, but NOT impossible. There is no easy way to know if you have scaring in your tubes. It is best to assume you don’t.
What are the chances I’m infertile?
For healthy people under age 30, the chances of being infertile are extremely small.
What about people who have unprotected sex and do not get pregnant?
Some people may think they’re infertile because they’ve had unprotected sex and not gotten pregnant. The bottom line is that this is usually luck, or depend on who their partner or partners are, but is likely not related to infertility.
Can I use a menstrual cup with an IUD?
As long as you’re careful to avoid suction or pulling your IUD strings when you remove your menstrual cup, it’s fine to use a cup and an IUD together.
A recent study found that the “use of tampons or menstrual cups does not increase the risk of early expulsion of an IUD.” The packaging information for IUDs can be inconsistent, but people “can use whatever their usual menstrual product is and not increase their risk of expelling the IUD.” Just make sure you break the seal before pulling the menstrual cup out.