Information for Teen Pregnancy Prevention

First and foremost, PREP advocates for parents and their kids to have “The Talk” at home in relation to their own family values and religious beliefs. But we realize, that is easier said than done! Besides parents shouldn’t not talk to their kids just because they are afraid they don’t have all the answers. That’s why we’re taking questions that kids have asked in their sexuality classes and answered them here to help adults and teens learn everything you wanted to know about sex and the body, relationships and keeping you and your partner safe.

If your teen hasn’t found the sexual health information they were seeking or you simply can’t help but try to learn more, please check these teen pregnancy prevention resources, our blog and calendar of events. Informative; sometimes humorous, sometimes thought provoking, sometimes alarming, articles, photos, and posts are shared on the Garfield County PREP Facebook page. Feel free to ask your questions, and we’ll get right on finding the medically accurate, age appropriate answer! For now, here’s a sample of more to come.

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Below you’ll find the truthful answers to commonly asked questions. Contact PREP if we have left anything unanswered.

Common Curiosities About Sex

Can a girl get pregnant the first time she has sex?

It’s possible to get pregnant anytime you have vaginal sex, whether it’s the first or the 100th time. Even if a girl has not gotten her period yet, it’s possible that she’s about to start having it, and if this is the case, she has ovulated. When an egg and sperm are present, pregnancy is possible. It’s important to remember that pregnancy isn’t the only thing a couple has to be concerned about. If they do not use condoms, there is a risk for STDs.

If a girl misses her period does that mean she is pregnant?

No.  When girls first start having periods they often have irregular cycles and may even skip a month from time to time.  However, if a girl has had sexual intercourse and she misses her period, she could be pregnant. Getting tested at a clinic or doctor’s office is the only sure way of knowing.

How old do you have to be to buy condoms?

You can buy condoms, and you do not have to be a certain age to buy them. Teens of any age can buy condoms from a drugstore, pharmacy, grocery store, or even online. They are relatively inexpensive. A pack of twelve condoms costs about $12.  Female condoms are about $2 to $4 per condom.

Are their different shapes of penis?

Penises come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. All shapes and sizes are normal. These traits are hereditary, like eye color or foot size, and there’s nothing you can do to change them.

Is masturbation normal?

Yes. Masturbation is a completely normal activity.  It is a personal preference whether you are comfortable or choose to masturbate.  It is a medically safe practice. Contrary to any myths you may have heard, it will not cause you to go blind, grow hair on your palms, or cause you to become infertile. It can be, however, embarrassing if someone walks in on you. So talk to your parents about rules around privacy in the home.

Why do I/a guy have an erection (boner) in the morning?

Guys (of all ages) get erections throughout the night while they are asleep. This is involuntary, normal and healthy. On average a healthy person with a penis will have between three and five erections in a full night sleep, with each erection lasting between 25 -35 minutes. Morning erections have been connected to testosterone levels and REM sleep.

Does sex hurt?

Some girls do not have any pain the first time they have vaginal sex, whereas others do. Everybody is different

Is sex suppose to hurt?

What should I do if my partner is pressuring me to have sex but I am not ready?

Someone who really cares about you won’t pressure you to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable.  If you’re with someone who’s pressuring you can say something like: “I like you a lot, but it’s not fair for you to put pressure me.  If I feel ready, I promise, you’ll be the first to know.  But until then, you don’t have to keep asking me about it.”

Can you sneeze/fart out of your vagina?

If a guy has unprotected anal sex will he get poop on his penis?

Having unprotected anal sex puts participants at a higher risk of infection and disease because of the potential presence of feces which is known to carry germs and disease. When engaging in anal sex a condom should always be used to reduce your risks of getting an infectious disease.

What Is … Questions About Sex

a dental dam?

A thin square of latex used to cover the vulva and or anus during oral sex to reduce the risk of spreading sexually transmitted diseases. It is called a “dental dam” because it was created for use in dental procedures.

a transexual?

A term that describes a person who was born one biological sex but who feels strongly enough that she or he is a different sex to have sex realignment surgery. Someone who is transsexual can be non-operative, which means they do not wish to change their sex characteristics; pre-operative, which means they have begun the process of changing their sex characteristics, but have not yet had the surgery; and post-operative, which means they have completed the process of genital surgery.

an erection?

An erection is when a penis fills with blood, becomes larger and stands away from the body.

a blue waffle?

Blue waffle was made up on the internet, it isn’t a real STD.  Term first showed up on internet in 2010.  Pictures have been photo shopped and aren’t for the faint of heart.

cum?

A slang term for semen. Cum can also be a verb referring to having an orgasm or ejaculating. Both girls and guys use this term to refer to their orgasms and sexual fluids, although it is more commonly used to refer to a guys’ orgasm, ejaculation or semen.

a dildo?

douching?

The rinsing of the inside of the vagina, usually with an over-the-counter product labeled for this purpose. Douching is not medically necessary and is not recommended. Some people mistakenly think that douching right after unprotected vaginal intercourse can help reduce the chances of pregnancy; it cannot. It can actually increase the risk for vaginal infections.

an erection?

a female condom?

A polyurethane pouch that has two flexible rings on either end. One ring is inserted into the vagina and the other ring stays outside the vagina. The rings help to hold the condom in place. Female condoms are 79-percent effective with typical use in preventing pregnancy, and 95-percent effective with perfect use. They also offer protection against some sexually transmitted diseases. They can be purchased without a prescription. Female condoms should not be used at the same time as male condoms.

fingering?

A slang term for using one or several fingers to touch a females genitals, usually including a combination of touching or rubbing the clitoris and placing fingers inside of the vagina.

foreplay?

Questions about STD’s

What are common symptoms of STD’s?

STDs can cause physical symptoms like bumps or sores on the skin, discharge, pain or burning during urination, or symptoms like the flu. Some STDs do not cause any symptoms at all. Learning more details about specific STD’s can help keep you and your partner safe.

Can I have an STD and not know it?

Yes. STDs can take weeks, months or even years before symptoms show. Some people never develop any symptoms. However, STDs can still be transmitted whether or not the person has symptoms. (BPBR)

Can I get an STD from oral sex?

Yes, During oral sex, there is skin-to-skin contact and bodily fluid exchange, so it is important to use barrier methods like condoms or latex dental dams to protect you during oral sex.

Can I get HIV from french kissing?

There are no documented cuases of saliva transmitting HIV. While there is a theoretical possibility of spreading HIV by saliva, research suggest that is is highly unlikely.

How did HIV start? Did HIV come from monkeys?

Scientists identified a type of chimpanzee in West Africa as the source of HIV infection in humans. They believe that the chimpanzee version of the immunodeficiency virus (called simian immunodeficiency virus or SIV) most likely was transmitted to humans and mutated into HIV when humans hunted these chimpanzees for meat and came into contact with their infected blood. Over decades, the virus slowly spread across Africa and later into other parts of the world. (theaidsinstitue.org)

Can I get an STD from an animal?

Generally speaking, the STIs (sexually transmitted infections) we associate with person-to-person sexual contact, including HIV, cannot be transmitted through sexual contact between humans and animals because these infections are species-specific. There are a number of infections that are known to cross the species barrier, but these are not the STIs that concern most humans.Contact with animals can put the person at risk for worms, fleas, ticks, salmonella, campylobacteriosis, scabies, and possibly viruse (goaskalice)

How many types of STDs are there?

There are approximatly 20 common STDs.

Can HIV be passed by oral sex or fingering someone?

Yes, the same risks apply. STI’s can be passed through oral, vaginal and anal sex. Fingering can also pass STI’s because the fingers are exposed to vaginal or seminal fluids that can carry HIV. It is rare but it the hads are not washed after touching the inflected fluids the virus can be transmitted.

Questions about Pregnancy

If a girl misses her period does that mean she is pregnant?

No.  When girls first start having periods they often have irregular cycles and may even skip a month from time to time.  However, if a girl has had sexual intercourse and she misses her period, she could be pregnant.  (BPBR)

Can a girl get pregnant from anal sex?

No a girl cannot get pregnant from anal sex. Having unprotected anal sex can, however, put participants at a higher risk of contracting an STD/STI.

What happens if a girl get pregnant and she has an STD?

A female who gets pregnant and has certain types of STD’s can pass the STD to their unborn child during pregnancy, during childbirth or through breast milk. Some STD’s like syphilis can cause the woman to have a miscarriage.

How young can a girl get pregnant?

A girl can get pregnant once she has started to ovulate. A sign that a girl has started to ovulate is that she has started to have menstrual periods. On average, girls begin to menstruate between the ages of 8 and 16.

Does having a baby stretch out the vagina?

If the baby is delivered vaginally (through the vagina), the vagina will be significantly stretched after the birth of the baby. The vagina slowly returns to its pre-pregnancy size by 6 to 8 weeks after delivery.

If a girl gets pregnant and has unprotected sex, can another baby be formed? Is the girl able to get pregnant twice at the same time.

No. While it’s true that some animals can carry babies from different animal dads at the same time, this is not true of humans.