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Ask Nurse Betty

Getting answers to questions is so important for teens and young adults but it’s not always easy. Maybe you don’t know who to talk to or just too embarrassed to ask.

Use this anonymous question box below to submit your questions and we will answer those questions on this website as well as on social media.  The questions submitted are completely anonymous and there are no dumb questions.  Relationship advice, sex, changes to your body, money, you name it.  We want you to be confident in the choices you make when it comes to your life, sex, your body, and your choices.  so go ahead, ask nurse Betty.


Ask Nurse Betty Q & A

Taking the Plan B pill in addition to continuing to take birth control pills may result in the next period being slightly different than usual. For example, periods may: be earlier or later than expected, be heavier or lighter than usual, cause more symptoms, such as nausea or cramping. If a person’s period is more than a week later than expected after taking Plan B, they should take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy.
Not everyone who has HIV will get AIDS. But the infection will advance to AIDS, usually in 10 to 15 years, if you don’t get treatment with antiretroviral drugs
91% (9 pregnancies per year out of 100 women).
If you have unprotected sex during or right after your period, there is a lower chance of getting pregnant. “But the chances are not zero,” Dr. Stephens stresses. That’s especially true for women with irregular periods, whose ovulation date is harder to predict. Even women who normally have periods like clockwork can experience an unpredictable cycle as the result of things like stress, hormonal changes, and losing or gaining weight. Having a shorter-than-average cycle also increases your risk of conceiving during period sex. That’s because sperm can live inside you for up to 5 days. They could still be hanging around, looking for love, if you release an egg 4 or 5 days after your period ends.
Abstinence (no sexual contact of any kind), IUDs, and the implant are more than 99% effective but not 100%. Condoms combined with other birth control methods reduce not only the risk of pregnancy but also STDs.
94% (6 pregnancies per year out of 100 women) You can become pregnant after taking Depo-Provera®. You could become pregnant as soon as 12 to 14 weeks after your last shot. It could also take up to a year or two to conceive after stopping this type of contraception. If you’re planning on becoming pregnant in the next year, you may not want to start taking the birth control shot. Remember, you can also become pregnant if you miss a dose of the birth control shot or if it’s late.
Polyurethane condoms. These are made of thin plastic instead of rubber. They offer similar levels of pregnancy and STD protection. However, they don’t fit as tightly as latex condoms. So they’re more likely to slip off. They also cost a little more. Polyisoprene condoms. Made from synthetic rubber, these don’t contain the same proteins that cause an allergic reaction. Compared with latex condoms, polyisoprene condoms are stretchier. They also offer similar levels of pregnancy and STD prevention. Lambskin condoms. Made of sheep intestines, this condom is the only one made of a natural animal product, so it doesn’t contain any of the proteins that prompt the latex allergy. While lambskin condoms are effective against pregnancy, tiny porous holes in the condom are big enough to allow many viruses that cause STDs to pass through.