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Why am I experiencing weight gain and irregular menstrual cycles when I am not currently on hormonal birth control?

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.

My friend is concerned she is having a miscarriage

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.

 

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?

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.

What forms of birth control does FPA offer?

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?

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.

What sexually transmited infection (STI) testing does FPA offer?

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.

Does Family Planning Association accept Medicaid?

Question: Hi there!  I have Ohio Medicaid. I need to get a full STD test. Do you accept Ohio Medicaid and if you do how should I go about setting up an appointment?  Thank you!

Answer: The Family Planning Association does accept various insurance providers, including Medicaid.  Please call 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment for STI testing.

 

 

Do I have to pay for the morning after pill/emergency contraception if I do not have insurance?

Question:  Can i get the day after pill from you without having to pay? There was something unexpected that happened and i cant afford it.

Answer:  Family Planning 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.  However, Family Planning can offer you services regardless of your ability to pay.

Emergency contraception needs to be administered within 72 hours of the unprotected sexual act.  Please call as soon as possible to schedule an appointment 352-0608.

Is break-thru-bleeding normal when I start or change my method of hormonal birth control?

Question:  I switched birth controls 3 months ago and now I had my period for almost 2 weeks mid pill cycle and now I am getting it every other day. It goes away then comes back. I don’t know what it is

Answer:  Break-thru-bleeding is nothing to worry about during the first three (3) months on the pill, if you change from one pill to another, if you miss a pill, or if you are late taking a pill.  If the bleeding lasts from more than 3 cycles, please call 440-352-0608 and make an appointment with the nurse.

Does my parent have to go to my appointment with me?

Question:  Do you have to have a parent to go in? I might have something wrong with my vagina

Answer:  Family Planning always encourages parental involvement.  FPA feels it is important to have a support system when it come to a client’s health and well being.  However, parental presence is not required in order to schedule an appointment at Family Planning.  Please call 352-0608

 

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