Sexual Health

Q. What about using the same toy without cleaning and does it effect female and/or male?

A. Sharing sex toys during sex can be mutually pleasurable, but it’s important take steps that reduce your chance of getting STIs. Get tested and encourage your partner to get tested. Diseases and bacteria can remain on the surface or in the pores of sex toys if not cleaned properly, so cleaning sex toys regularly before and after each use can decrease your risk of infection and disease significantly.

Are you interested in getting tested? Teens in New York State have a legal right to get services without the permission or knowledge of parents, guardians, boyfriends, girlfriends, relatives or anyone else. Visit the BeWell Resource Guide or look for your nearest clinic here.

Q. Is there such thing as a condom for girls? What’s the purpose?

A. Yes! There are condoms, which are made specifically for female anatomy. A female condom is made out of latex and has two ends that are made out of soft plastic.

The two plastic ends are both circular. One end of the condom can be pinched and inserted into the vagina, while the other end remains on the outside of the vagina in order to create a barrier. This stops the sperm from reaching an egg (which is how pregnancy occurs). If a sperm can’t reach an egg, then you can’t get pregnant.

Similar to male condom (what we traditionally think of when we hear the word condom), a female condom…

  • Reduces the risk of sexually transmitted infection (STIs)
  • Can be used for vaginal and anal intercourse
  • Is safe, effective, and convenient
  • Easy to get

Female condoms are available at local drug stores, pharmacies, clinics, and other locations.

You can find more information at Planned Parenthood

How to Use a Female Condom (Video)

Q. Can you use both condoms at the same time?

A. You should NOT use a female condom and a male condom at the same time and you should NEVER double up (put on two) male condoms. Using two condoms at the same time isn’t recommended for pregnancy prevention or as a safer sex method. Condoms are made out of latex and using two condoms at the same time creates friction during intercourse, making them more likely to rip or tear. Using a condom that is ripped or torn allows sperm or STIs to seep through.

Q. Does EC cause abortion?

A. Emergency Contraception (EC)/ the morning after pill is not an abortion pill. EC protects against pregnancy while the abortion pill terminates pregnancy. Pregnancy happens when a sperm meets and egg. The hormonal medication in EC prevents the sperm from ever meeting the egg, thus preventing pregnancy. EC can reduce the risk of pregnancy if taken within 5 days (120 hours) of unprotected sex. For the most effective results, EC should be taken as soon as possible, ideally within 72 hours (3 days). EC is available at your local pharmacy, drug store, and or clinic.

Q. Does Birth Control make you gain weight?

A. There are several symptoms that can occur when taking birth control. Research shows that weight gain is not one. Many females tend to think that they are gaining weight. Weight gain is often a temporary side effect that happens because your body is retaining water, not extra fat. This typically goes away in 2 to 3 months after your body has gotten used to the birth control.

Q. How long after getting pregnant until you get an abortion?

A. In the state of New York a person can receive an abortion up to 24 weeks. An abortion pill is offered up to 10 weeks and an in-clinic abortion is offered up to 24 weeks. For more information visit plannedparent.org

 Q. Is the experience of having your period being like pregnant?

A. There are some early signs and symptoms of pregnancy that are similar to symptoms you may experience before the start or during you period. These include symptoms such as tender/swollen breast, fatigue (feeling tired), nausea, and appetite changes. These symptoms are usually a result of the hormonal change that your body is experiencing. The only way to know for sure whether or not you’re pregnant is by seeing a doctor.