23 and looking to get birth control pills for the first time

Question:  I’m currently 23 and are looking to get birth control bills for the first time. I just wanted to know if it’s okay to come in whenever you’re open or do you request appointments for asking about what kinds and getting the first pack to pay for and try? I had an appointment set up at Lake Health gyno but it’s a month out because she’s THAT booked and if I didn’t have to wait that long I’d rather not wait lol…….. Currently in a relationship and have always used some sort of protection otherwise but I’m looking to try pills as a birth control and possibly to help with hormonal acne. My insurance is through Aetna and I’m on my single father’s insurance and I obviously don’t talk to him about this kinda stuff! So just looking for the process through you guys and what step I should be taking next. Thanks!

Answer:  FPANEO does ask that you make an appointment in order to begin a birth control method so that we can assess your medical history and what method may work best for your needs.  Birth control pills can be very effective at preventing pregnancy if taken consistently and correctly and can also help with acne concerns.  Please make sure to communicate these needs to our nursing staff so that they can provide you with an appropriate prescription.  In regards to your insurance, we do accept most private insurance plans but if you choose to have confidential services (meaning you do not want to use your father’s insurance) you would be put on a sliding fee scale where your income determines how much you would pay.  For your appointment please bring your insurance card and/or proof of income so that we can best work with your situation.

To make an appointment please call Painesville at 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula at 440-992-5953.

I have genital herpes and my insurance just got cancelled. I’m having an outbreak and in a lot of pain but can’t get my prescription refilled. Any way I can get help there?

Question:  I have genital herpes and my insurance just got cancelled. I’m having an outbreak and in a lot of pain but can’t get my prescription refilled. Any way I can get help there?

Answer:  If a client does not have insurance or Medicaid, Family Planning assess cost using a sliding fee scale.  FPA serves all members of the community, regardless of ability to pay and accepts donations.  FPA also has Certified Application Counselors on staff to assist you if you are interested in applying for insurance or Medicaid.  Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to schedule and bring proof of income to your appointment.

I had unprotected sex on Friday but took the plan b pill Monday evening but about an hour after taking the pill I had unprotected sex again. Could I still get pregnant?

Question: I had unprotected sex on Friday but took the plan b pill Monday evening but about an hour after taking the pill I had unprotected sex again. Could I still get pregnant?

Answer:  There is always a risk of pregnancy any time a person engages in vaginal sex.  Plan B is a high dose of hormonal birth control that tries to stop a woman from ovulating, the period of time when a woman is most fertile.  Although you took Plan B on Monday, sperm can live inside the woman’s body for up to five days; you are still at risk for pregnancy from both sexual experiences on Friday and Monday.  Please call to talk with the nurse and/or make an appointment to discuss taking another dose of Plan B, along with getting tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI/HIV).  FPA encourages you to use a condom with each act of sex.

Painesville Clinic 440-352-0608

Ashtabula Clinic 990-992-5953

Emergency Contraception (Plan B) is not designed to be taken as a regular form of birth control and does not prevent STI/HIV.  Women may experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting and changes in period.

I had unprotected sex and was wondering if I can get Plan B and how much would it cost?

Question: I had unprotected sex and i was wondering if I can get Plan B from Family Planning? If, so how much would it cost? I’m 17 years old so does a parent have to come along with me. To get Plan B do I need an appointment?

Answer:  Emergency Contraception (Plan B) needs to be taken as soon as possible, along with testing for sexually transmitted infections.

Although we encourage parents to be a part of your appointment at Family Planning, it is not a requirement.  If you do not want to use your parents insurance, cost will be determined using a sliding fee scale.  If you are an unemployed student without documentation of family income, Family Planning Association would assign you to the furthest side of our scale. FPA services are available to you at little or no cost and you would never be turned away because of inability to pay; we do accept donations.

Family Planning Association holds Teen Clinic Mondays and alternate between the Painesville (440-352-0608) and Ashtabula (440-992-5953) locations.  Today, Monday, December 12 Teen Clinic will be held at the Painesville location; you can either arrive at the start of Teen Clinic (3:00 PM)  and sign up for one of the limited number of walk-in appointments or call  to make an appointment to ensure you will be seen.

 

 

My period is two weeks late and I do not have insurance

Question:  I’ve taken two pregnancy tests two weeks apart and they both came up negative but my period is over 2 weeks late.  Last night I got a pretty bad cramp in my abdomen and pelvic region so I figured I’d get it that night or today. Its now midnight with no period. I don’t have insurance and recently moved out on my own so my funds are pretty limited, but I’ve been to this Family Planning a few years ago when I was covered under my dad’s insurance. Is there a way to change the information on file so I can still receive help? I’m worried there is something wrong but can’t afford to do anything about it.

Answer:  There are many factors that can impact a woman’s period including age, stress and medications.  Please call the Family Planning Association 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to make an appointment and update your financial information we have on file.  If a client does not have insurance, cost is assessed by household income  and family size; FPA does not refuse services because of inability to pay and accepts donation.  If you are interested in enrolling in Medicaid or private insurance, FPA also has Certified Application Counselors on site that can answer your questions and assist you in the enrollment process.

 

How do you determine cost if I am unemployed and a teenager?

Question: I am a teenager and do not have a job. If my parents will not be coming with me to my visit, how will I bring pay stubs or proof of household income? I will not be using insurance, so will need to look at the sliding pay scale. But how do you determine the cost if I do not have a job and will not be using parents’ income or insurance to pay for treatment?

Answer:  If you are an unemployed student without documentation of family income, Family Planning Association would assign you to the furthest side of our scale. FPA services are available to you at little or no cost and you would never be turned away because of inability to pay; we do accept donations.  Call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to make an appointment.

I’ve had ParaGard for over a month; should I be worried if I’ve been having non-stop cramp like stomach pain for over an hour?

Question: I’ve had ParaGard for over a month should I be worried if I’ve been having non-stop cramp like stomach pain for over an hour. It’s never happened since I got it. The only other thing was cramps on my side while having sex. Should I be worried about that?

Answer:  Cramping the first few weeks, even the first few months, is normal after the insertion of any IUD.  If the the pain intensifies or lasts more than 90 days after the IUD was inserted, please contact your medical provider or Family Planning at 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula).

How does the sliding fee scale work if I’m not eligible for any government insurance?

Question:  How does the sliding fee scale work if I’m not eligible for any government insurance?

Answer:  Family Planning Association assess cost based off of household income and family size but never refuses services because of inability to pay.  Please call the Painesville clinic (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula clinic (440-992-5953) for additional questions or to make an appointment.

Is my girlfriend pregnant if she is late for her period?

Question:  My girlfriend is 4 days late for her period and she says she has really bad cramps but no blood.   What is the possibility of her being pregnant?

Answer:  There are several explanations on why a woman’s period is late.  If you are fearful of possible pregnancy, please call Family Planning (352-0608 Painesville) or (992-5953 Ashtabula) to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

 

Is it normal to experience acne breakouts when using Depo-Provera (the shot)?

Question: I recently changed birth control methods from the pill to the depo shot, and suddenly I’m breaking out everywhere. I’ve rarely had acne all my life- usually only around the time of my period- but it has gotten really bad since receiving the shot. Is this normal? Is there a way to reduce the chance of this happening or a way to control it?

Answer:  Changes in acne is a common side effect of most hormonal birth control. If you are unhappy with the side effects of Depo-Provera, you have a few options:

  • Give it time.  Mild side effects often lessen or go away three to four months after starting or changing your contraceptive
  • Make changes in diet or facial cleanser
  • Consult a Dermatologist

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss other birth control options, please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula).

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