Hey there! I am 21, I had a blowjob once in my life and the guy fingered me, but I have never had intercourse (sex), all my friends have told me that the first time hurts a lot and also that you bleed, is it true? Is there a way that I can prevent the pain and the bleeding, or is something out of your control?

Everyone's experience the first time is different but most women experience bleeding and discomfort the first time. Discomfort may be less the more relaxed you are and use of a lubricant may help also.  There is no way to prevent it but you can plan ahead by protecting the space with towels or pads for easy clean up if needed. 

Don't forget condoms to prevent STIs and schedule an appointment  with your health care provider to discuss the birth control method that is best for you.  


What are the steps that I should take to have safe sex and to not worry about STDs and pregnancy?

Condom use is recommended every time you have sex if you want to protect yourself from STIs (sexually transmitted infections, same as STDs, sexually transmitted diseases) .  This includes protection against Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Trichomoniasis, Hepatitis B and C, HPV and HIV/AIDS .

To prevent unplanned pregnancy there are many forms of birth control available. Please schedule an appointment at Corner Health or your health care provider to see what method is best for you.

In the state of Michigan you can receive sexual health services without parent consent if you are 12 years old or older. Corner also has condoms available for free at the front desk!  


I want to start having sex, with a guy I just met. I don't know him very well. What are the question I should ask him and what steps should I take to not get pregnant?

Before starting a sexual relationship with a new partner, it is smart to ask to see their recent test results for sexually transmitted infections. The most common infections we see at Corner are gonorrhea and chlamydia, and can be run through a simple urine test.

To avoid pregnancy, we recommend chosing a reliable method of birth control and also using condoms for STI protection.  The Corner offers several long acting, reversable contraception options including Nexplanon (the implant that goes in your arm) and IUD's. 

If you have more questions or concerns you and your new partner can come in to Corner and we can talk more about your options.


What is the difference between a circumcised penis and a uncircumcised one, and which precautions should I take when putting on a condom in each case?

The difference between the two is that the foreskin is removed from a circumcised penis and is not removed from an uncircumcised penis.  There are no special or additional considerations to make when using a condom. You can view this video for more information on condom use:

Please schedule an appointment at the Corner if you need more information or see you local health care provider.


How do I know if I put on a condom the right way? Is there a right or wrong way that can affect the effectiveness of the condom?

There are several things to consider when using a condom. It is important to make sure the condom is the right size for the user, make sure there is no damage to the packaging, and also make sure the condom is not out of date (expired). Furthermore, when applying a condom, there are several important steps to be sure to follow.

Please contact or health education staff to schedule an appointment or discuss these steps in detail for you! 734-484-3600. 


Is it possible to get Chlamydia in your stomach or intestines as a result of oral sex?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that both men and women can get. It is a bacteria that is passed from one person to another during unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. It can also be passed from a mother to her baby during birth.

A Chlamydia infection can occur in the mouth, reproductive organs, urethra, or rectum. You will not get Chlamydia infection in your stomach or intestines. Even though most people have no symptoms whatsoever when they have Chlamydia, women sometimes do have pain in their lower belly or back due to a Chlamydia infection in their reproductive organs.

The only way to know if you have Chlamydia is to get tested (AKA, go to a doctor and pee in a cup!). The great news is that Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics! If left untreated, it can cause serious health issues (for example, it can leave women unable to get pregnant later in life).

Using a condom every time you have sex (and by sex, we mean vaginal, anal and oral sex!) will help you prevent getting Chlamydia. Stop by the Corner to pick up condoms for FREE!


I had unprotected sex the day before I started my birth control. I have forgotten to take my pill a couple of times since then and have experienced some bleeding. Could I be pregnant?

There is always the chance that you will become pregnant when you have unprotected sex. Missing pills or using birth control differently than prescribed can increase that chance.

If you are concerned that you might be pregnant, we suggest you make an appointment to have a pregnancy test. During that visit, we can talk with you about all the different birth control types.  If you are having trouble remembering to use your specific birth control method, there might be another type that could work better for you! We also have FREE condoms at the center. Remember, condoms help prevent STI transmission but birth control pills do not.

Sometimes, starting birth control for the first time or missing pills can cause your period to start earlier or later. It's still important to schedule an appointment or talk with a health care provider to help figure out why you might be having bleeding that you don't usually have. Feel free to call us or schedule an appointment online for a day and time that works for you!


I had unprotected sex the week after my period. Is there a chance that I could be pregnant?

Yes. There is always the chance that you will become pregnant when you have unprotected sex. It's important to see a health care provider (like us!) to get a prengancy test and STI tests. You can click here to make an appointment at the Corner. During that visit we can talk with you about the all the different birth control methods. We even have FREE condoms for you which are the only way to help prevent STI transmission if you are sexually active. Always remember, Safe Is Sexy!


Does birth control prevent you from getting pregnant?

In short, yes. While abstaining from vaginal intercourse is the only way to guarantee you won’t become pregnant, using birth control is the best way to prevent pregnancy if you are sexually active. There are many kinds of birth control methods that that you can choose from. We recommend using both a hormonal birth control method (like the pill, the ring, an IUD, etc.) AND condoms. Condoms are the only birth control method that help to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infectsions (STIs). So it is very important to use a condom every time you have sex. To get prescribed a hormonal birth control method, you need to see a doctor. At the Corner, birth control appointments are confidential. Contact us to schedule an appointment!


Can guys come to the Corner?

Of course! At the Corner, there are lots of services for guys. For example, you can get:

If you would prefer to see a male doctor at your visit, let us know when you make your appointment. We'll do our best to accommodate your request. Want to make an appointment? Click here >>

Guys can also join our youth programs including our Theatre Troupe and Youth Leadership Council. Want to learn more about getting involved? Click here >>


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