Question: I started birth control when I was around 15 to help with my extremely irregular period cycle, then my mom’s company chose to drop her health insurance (and mine) a few years later due to the Affordable Care Act. The price of my birth control skyrocketed so we couldn’t afford the pills anymore and I haven’t been on them for maybe a year or two. I am 20 now and my period has gone back to being extremely irregular; it didn’t come for months at a time and now it came and I’ve had it nonstop for two months so far (it’s still ongoing). I am not sexually active, nor have I ever been.
How would I go about getting back on birth control?
Would I need another vaginal exam (my doctor did one when I first started birth control)?
How much would it cost?
Also, is there any biological reason my period would be like this? I got my first period when I was 9 and it has always been irregular.
Answer: It is normal for females under the age of 25 to experience an unpredictable menstrual cycle. One advantage of using a combined hormonal contraceptive method, such as the pill, patch and ring, is the regulation of your menstrual cycle. However, if you are not planning to become pregnant in the next year, a long acting birth control might be something for you to consider. Both the Liletta and Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) offer 3-5 years of pregnancy prevention and a lot of women that use either the Liletta or Mirena experience no period at all, with exception of a light/spotty period once every couple of months. Please call 352-0608 to make an appointment to discuss the variety of contraceptive methods with our staff.
Regulations involving pelvic exams have recently changed and females do not receive regular screening until they reach age 21. However, if your last pelvic exam was abnormal or you have a history of any medical concerns, please let the staff know when you call to make an appointment.
The Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio accepts private insurance, Medicaid or can set your cost using a sliding fee scale. The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in, how many people are living off of that income and asses the fee for your visit. However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay and accepts donations as well.
Question: Hey I had a question its what kind of birth control can help be infertile?
Answer: Using birth control for months or even years does not hurt a woman’s fertility to plan future pregnancies. For example, if women who rely on the hormonal pill for unintended pregnancy prevention forget to take even one pill, they can still become pregnant. In addition, ovulation typically returns within a few weeks to a few months in women who stop using long-term birth control methods, such as an Implant or IUD.
Although birth control does not decrease the chance of a female becoming pregnant in the future, untreated sexually transmitted infections (STI) can. Untreated cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea can cause fallopian tube scaring, which may impact a fertilized egg’s ability to travel to the uterus. It is important to talk to your partner and get regularly tested.
There are also permanent types of birth control that can surgically block a woman’s fallopian tubes and is not meant to be reversed, also known as a tubal ligation or “getting your tubes tied”.
If you have any further questions, please call 440-352-0608.
Question: Hello, my husband and I are trying to have a baby without any luck in the past year. Does family planning offer any services for our situation?
Answer: Family Planning would be able to provide a pelvic exam to determine if you are healthy and your reproductive organs are functioning normally. We also can provide counseling services if that is appropriate for your situation. If you would like to start the initial exam process with us, please call 440-352-0608 to set up an appointment. Moving forward, a gynecologist’s office should be able to provide further services including blood and infertility testing for you and your partner.
Question: The birth control I’ve been taking (LoSeasonique) has been breaking me out pretty badly. Does Family Planning have a birth control option that’s specifically for helping acne?
Answer: Many oral contraceptive pills can help with managing acne. We would suggest talking to the physician that prescribed the medication to you about your concerns and consider changing the dosage or the brand to one that will meet your needs – including the skin concerns. If this does not help, the next step would be to contact a dermatologist who may be able to make better recommendations. If you would like to come to Family Planning to talk about switching your birth control brand/ method, please call 440-352-0608 for Painesville, or 440-992-5953 for Ashtabula to make an appointment and answer some questions!
Question: Okay, I don’t really know where to begin. I was on birth control for two years and then I stopped taking it. I have gained a ton of weight in the past 6 months or so, and my periods have been every other month. They are not regular at all, and when I do get a “period”, its extremely light and its just basically spotting. I have taken multiple pregnancy tests, and they all come back negative. I got tested for a thyroid problem a while back, and he said it was a bit high. I am just wondering if there is anything you guys can do for me, or if I should just go see a regular doctor. I do not have any health insurance, and the doctors visits can get pretty pricey, which is why I am trying to avoid going. I do not want to be on birth control as I would like to have a kid sometime in my near future. If you could help me out, that would be great. Thank you!
Answer: Depending on your age, it is normal to females under the age of 25 to have an irregular menstrual cycle and experience fluctuations in weight. However, because you are not actively using a hormonal method, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with a primary care doctor and transfer your thyroid test results. Similar to Family Planning, the Lake County Free Medical Clinic offers a sliding fee scale for individuals who are uninsured 440-352-8686. If you are in need of an annual pelvic exam or assistance with applying for Medicaid, we encourage you to call Family Planning to schedule an appointment 440-352-0608.
Question: My friend thinks she is having a miscarriage. Today is March 4th, she got what she believed to be her period on February 20th, it stopped for two days now she has had excessively bleeding since the 22nd. She has been using marijuana and is concerned that if she seeks help at the local hospital they will get her in trouble. She already has a son and does not want to risk having him taken away. She has insurance but is not employed. Could family planning be a more secure option for health care in this situation?
Answer: Please have her call her OBGYN and share the situation. We do not believe she would be drug screened, however, she needs to put the health and safety of herself and unborn child first. Please call Family Planning if you have any additional questions or concerns 440-352-0608.
Question: As of right now I do not have insurance and I am not employed. I was wondering if I would be able to come in for an exam? and what would the cost be?
Answer: The Family Planning Association works off of a sliding fee scale if a client does not have private insurance or Medicaid. The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in and how many people are living off of that income and asses the fee for your visit. However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay. Please call 352-0608 to make an appointment. In addition, we also have a Certified Application Counselor on staff to help you apply for Medicaid if you are interested or have any questions.
Question: What forms of birth control do you have available at the clinic? I would rather not use condoms or the pill. Allergic to latex, and I have gotten pregnant on the pill. I’m 26 years old with three children, with medicaid insurance. Thank you
Answer: The Family Planning Association offers a variety of contraceptive methods, including but not limited to, the female condom (non latex), the Nuva Ring, Depo-Provera (the shot), Nexplanon (the implant) and IUDs. Please call 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment at any of our four locations.
Question: Is it possible to get the abortion pill from your company? If it is possible, would parent consent be required?
Answer: Family Planning does not provide abortion services. We do provide all-options counseling for women who test positive for pregnancy so that they can make an informed choice. Depending on your situation you may be able to consider emergency contraception – this is a high dose of birth control pill (not the abortion pill) that a woman can take up to 3 days after having unprotected sex to help reduce her risk of getting pregnant. We do have Plan B available at Family Planning; you can also get it over the counter at most drug stores/ pharmacies at any age. If the unprotected sex was up to 5 days ago you may be able to get an IUD inserted called ParaGard. This particular birth control method works very effectively as emergency contraception if within 5 days, and can be left in for up to 10 years for continuing birth control. If these are not an option, you should consider making an appointment to see a health care provider and get a pregnancy test – to do this with Family Planning please call 440-352-0608 and hear about your options whether the test is positive or negative. If you are already positive that you are pregnant, abortion services are available in Cuyahoga County (you cannot get these services in Lake, Geauga, or Ashtabula Counties). You can make an appointment with them to discuss your options as well, however you will need consent from one parent if you are under the age of 18. Minors are able to obtain judicial court by-pass for certain circumstances, and a counselor at one of these clinics would help you with that process as well. For referral resources and further information, please call Family Planning at 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment at any of our four locations.
Question: Hello. I was interested in getting a full std testing ran. I’m a bisexual woman currently in a same sex relationship. My last partner was a man and may or may not have been faithful. My partner has never been with a man but has had a larger number or partners. We would both like to get a full testing done just to know were totally safe before we start trying for kids. Do you offer that and what does it run?
Answer: Family Planning offers chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, hepatitis B and rapid HIV testing. All services, including STI testing, are offered on a sliding fee scale. No one will be denied services because of inability to pay. Please call 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment at any of our four locations.