Question: My best friend is lying about being pregnant… what do I do?
Answer: Lying in general is extremely dangerous. It may be helpful to explain to your friend that you are concerned about her safety for when loved ones find out. I am unsure on why she feels she needs to lie about something so serious, but it would be beneficial to have a conversation with her to ask why she feels she needs to lie and help her problem solve alternative solutions because the truth will be revealed in nine months.
Question: Hi I went on the depo shot Jan 6 and not sure when I was suppose to get the 2nd shot I think the end of March beginning of April. I had sex on 3/24 and pulled out took a pregnancy test yesterday 4/7 and there is a very light line where the pregnancy line should be.. Was there a slim chance I could have gotten pregnant? He did pull out, but I know there is still that chance, should I wait a few days to test again to see if the line gets darker? I have 3 kids the youngest being only 8 months and freaking out, the whole point in going on the depo I thought I was protected even on that last week before the next was due. Any advice would be appreciated
Answer: The Depo-Provera shot is effective for 12-13 weeks, but no birth control is 100% effective. If your first shot was January 6, that means you would be due for the second shot around March 31, so you should have been protected on the March 24 intercourse. Remember that stress, as well as beginning a new birth control method can affect the timing of your period. If you would like to make an appointment to have a pregnancy test done in our clinic, please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula). If you are not pregnant, you should also make sure to get your next shot as soon as possible to prevent future unplanned pregnancies. This can be done without an appointment if you come in during the clinic’s Supply Times which can be found on our website at http://www.fpaneo.org/supply-times/ or by calling the clinic you prefer.
Question: I threw up about 2 hours after I got an antibiotic and shot for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Do I need to take the shot and pills again or am I good?
Answer: Antibiotics can take up to two hours to be absorbed in your system.
Please call to confirm your results for both chlamydia and gonorrhea Painesville (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula (440-992-5953). If the test results were positive, please get retested in 30 days to ensure the treatment worked and you are now negative of both infections. In order to minimize future risk for yourself and future partners, please continue to practice safer sex with consistent condom use and STI/HIV testing every 90 days.
Question: So my girlfriend found a little red dot on the shaft of my penis and shes kinda worried it isn’t really big and its the only one any ideas on what it is?
Answer: There could be many explanations for bumps, dots or any changes on a man’s penis. Without an examination, one will remain unsure. Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to make an appointment.
Question: I’ve been getting the depo and me and my fiancé have been trying to get a little one … I was up in February to get my next shot and we’ve been trying …. is there any pills or shot I can get to make me ovulate or start to receive faster?
Answer: Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy three ways: delays ovulation, thickens cervical mucous and thins uterine lining. Although Depo-Provera requires an injection every three months, it can take several months up to two years for all of the hormone to leave a woman’s bloodstream, allowing her menstrual cycle to become more regular. While you are unable to impact the timing of when your ovulation will return, it would be helpful to track your fertility. You can use cycle beads, keep track on a calendar or keep a journal of when your period starts, how long it lasts and how many days until you start your period the next month. A regular menstrual cycle is 26-32 days long, or 26-32 days between the start of your period one month to the next.
Question: I am 25 and am still covered by my mom’s HSA through work. I want to get an IUD, but my mom is very religious. When I discussed this with her, she said she would kick me out if I got birth control. Can I get an IUD without using my insurance, even though I have insurance?
Answer: You can receive an IUD at Family Planning Association without using your family insurance. FPA will assess cost using a sliding fee scale based off of your income. Please bring proof of income during your first appointment.
To make an appointment please call Painesville at 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula at 440-992-5953.
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.
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.
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.
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.