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Question: I’m 16 and looking to get birth control, I’m just wondering if it was possible to get the arm implant the same day?

Answer: Yes, please walk-in on Monday afternoon during Teen Clinic for your first appointment. As long as there are no medical contraindications, and we have the arm implant in stock, we will be able to meet the goals of your visit. This upcoming Monday (11/9) Teen Clinic will be held at our Painesville location from 3-5pm and the following week it will be held at our Ashtabula site.

Question: Has any of your clients came out pregnant when having a copper iud? And also does ovulation have any affect towards the IUD, like making it less effective??

Answer: The only method that is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy is abstinence. However, the copper IUD (ParaGard) is a highly effective (99%) non-hormonal method that works immediately after it is inserted and can last up to 10 years. The copper IUD prevents pregnancy by interfering with the sperms ability to reach the egg to fertilize but the user will still ovulate regularly.

Question: I’m 14 years old, don’t have a job, and my parents don’t know I’m sexually active. How much would would it be to get an STD test?

Answer: If a client is not using insurance, Family Planning charges a client based off of income and never turns someone away due to inability to pay. We will test you at no cost to you but do accept donations. Although Family Planning offers a supportive environment, we encourage your family to be involved during your visit. If you aren’t comfortable bring your parents, please consider bringing another family member, supportive friend, as well as your partner.

Family Planning offers a walk-in clinic for teens on Mondays from 3:00PM-5:00PM. Our next Teen Clinics are:

Ashtabula Family Planning: January 13, 2020

Painesville Family Planning: January 20, 2020

Question: Are there any ways to stop recurrent utis from sex without having to just stop having sex?

Answer: There could be several reasons why a person experiences frequent urinary tract infections after sex and the best and first recommendation is for you and your partner to get tested to ensure they are in fact UTIs. A lot of STIs can cause symptoms that mimic UTIs as well. If a physician does diagnosis you with a UTI, antibiotics are the best course of action. In effort of preventing more in the future, try to urinate immediately after sex and increase your daily water intake. Further discussion with your physician may offer other options that would be effective for you.

Question: Would the Plan B pill not work if I smoke after taking it?

Answer: Smoking nicotine based products does not necessarily impact the effectiveness of emergency contraception (Plan B) but it can increase risk of heart attack, stroke or blood clot due. Dizziness is also a side effect of emergency contraception and marijuana can make you feel more dizzy. Please follow up with a medical provider for additional concerns.

Question: I have the Nexplanon implant and am really scared to get it out. Can you describe the method used to get it out? I saw a “pop out method” and other methods. Please explain.

Answer: The procedure for Nexplanon removal is very similar to when it was inserted. The nurse will first numb the arm, make a small incision, remove a small amount of scar tissue and then extract the devise. Once the arm is numb, the actual procedure takes only a few minutes.

I recently got the Nexplanon implant in December of 2018 at age 18. It lasts 3 years so I’m due to get it out when I’m 21 and I’ll be in college. When it is time for it to be taken out and replaced can I go back to family planning to do this with no cost?

Question:  I recently got the Nexplanon implant in December of 2018 at age 18. It lasts 3 years so I’m due to get it out when I’m 21 and I’ll be in college. When it is time for it to be taken out and replaced can I go back to family planning to do this with no cost?

Answer:  If you are not interested in applying or using insurance, Family Planning assesses cost based off of family size and household income.  FPA does not refuse services if a client is issued a bill and is unable to pay.  We graciously accept donations as well.

What are the different types of birth control and how old to you have to be to be able to revive them?

Question: What are the different types of birth control and how old to you have to be to be able to revive them?

Answer:  There are five different types of birth control:

  1. Abstinence – refraining from oral, anal and vaginal sex is the only 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  2. Hormonal – prevents pregnancy by absorbing man-made hormones that will either either prevent or delay ovulation, build cervical mucous and interferes with uterine lining from building (arm implant, hormonal IUD, shot, ring, patch and pill)
  3. Chemical – Spermicide paralyzes sperm and prevents pregnancy (Copper IUD, spermicide alone [jelly, cream, suppositories, film] and diaphragms used with spermicide)
  4. Fertility Awareness – tracking monthly menstrual cycle (natural family planning, tracking basil temperature, calendar awareness and cycle beads)
  5. Barrier – internal and external condoms (male or female condoms) prevent pregnancy and STIs

If you are interested any of the above contraceptive methods, please call either the Painesville or Ashtaubla FPA clinic to make an appointment to discuss your options.

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