birth control

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Does Family Planning have a birth control option that’s specifically for helping acne?

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!

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.

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.

How much does birth control cost?

Question: So yesterday, my boyfriends mother found out that we’ve begun having sex in our relationship. She thinks that it would be a good idea to visit family planning so that we can be safe. I’ll be 20 here in a couple months though and know that if I asked my father about anything sex related that he would flip. I do have his insurance card, however. So I guess my questions are;
-How much is birth control with or w/o insurance?
-If I made an appointment, what all would happen?
-How much is an appointment, is there a fee?

Cost is a big issue for me, so that’s mainly where my questions reside. Thank you.

Answer: Under the Affordable Care Act all preventative services, including reproductive health and birth control, are covered at no cost.  However, these services would be itemized on your fathers insurance explanation of benefits or EOB.  If you choose not to use your father’s private insurance, Family Planning deciphers a fee based on family size and income of the household.  However, FPA never refuses services based on your ability to pay.

Once you make an appointment, the visit itself is like an ordinary appointment at the doctors office.  The medical staff will take your blood pressure, height, weight and go over your medical history.  Then, you will be screened for pregnancy, chlamydia, gonorrhea and HIV.  After, you will speak with a nurse on what birth control options would be best for you.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 440-352-0608.

Can I get birth control if my tubes are tied?

Question: I have irregular menstrual cycles and my tubes are tied. Can I get in birth control to help regulate me?  I hate my body!

Answer: Yes, birth control is an option to help regulate menstrual cycles, even for women who have their tubes tied.  Please call us if you’d like to speak with a nurse or schedule an appointment. 440-352-0608

Do I have to wait until my next period to start birth control?

Question: Hello, I was wondering if I have to wait till I start my period next period to start my birth control.

Answer: You do not have to necessarily wait until your next period to start a hormonal birth control, but you will not be immediately protected from pregnancy. You have a few different options: (These options are for birth control pills)

Sunday Start- Take your first pill on the first Sunday during your period. Use a back-up method (Condoms) for 7 days.

First-day Start- Take your first pill on the first day of your next period.

Quick Start- Take your first pill while you are in our office (or that day at home). A back up birth control (condoms) should be used for 7 days. You will not get your period until you finish taking the active pills.

I’m not sure what type of birth control you are using (pills, NuvaRing, patch, etc) but if you have any questions please call Family Planning at 440-352-0608


How much are birth control pills and do I need an appointment?

Question: I’m only 16 and I need birth control pills. I have a job and am willing to pay for pills but I don’t want to involve my parents because they’d disagree and I probably wouldn’t get what I needed. How much would it be to get pills? Would I need an appointment? What other things would I have to provide?

Answer: Any new patient at Family Planning will need an appointment to get birth control.  Parents do not have to be involved in this process according to state law, but family involvement is always encouraged. The cost for birth control pills depends on a few factors. We accept private health insurance and Medicaid, but please keep in mind that if you use your parents’ insurance, they might be able to see “Family Planning” on their summary of services which is usually sent in the mail. If you do not want to use insurance, then the cost is based off a sliding fee scale that is determined by your income. Please call us to schedule an appointment.

Painesville: 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula: 440-992-5953

Which is better, the pill or the shot?

Question: Which is better, the pill or the shot?

Answer:  There are advantages and disadvantages to all methods of hormonal birth control.

Birth control pill:

  • Uses hormones (estrogen and progestin) to prevent ovulation
  • Efficacy: 92-99%
  • Take one pill a day at the same time
  • Advantages: Very effective when used correctly, can make menstrual cycle more regular and less painful
  • Disadvantages:  Need to remember to take daily, possible side effects due to estrogen, does not provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI) or HIV
  • Possible side effects: dizziness, nausea, headache, change in menstrual cycle, change in appetite, change in mood and although rare, possible chance of blood clots

The Shot:

  • The hormone progestin prevents ovulation
  • Efficacy: 97-99%
  • One shot every 3 months
  • Advantages: Each shot works for 12 weeks, no estrogen side effects, can be used while breast feeding
  • Disadvantages:  irregular menstrual cycles, does not provide protection from sexually transmitted infections (STI) or HIV
  • Possible side effects: headache, change in menstrual cycle, change in appetite, change in mood and in long time users, possible risk of decrease in bone mineral density

The best contraceptive choice depends on your medical history and personal goals.  I encourage you to call and make an appointment to discuss your options with our medical staff (440) 352-0608.

Do I need parental consent to start using birth control?

Question: Hi. I am 17 years old do I still need to get my parents ok to get the pill from u.

Answer:   Anyone 13 or older can schedule an appointment at Family Planning, with or without parental consent.  However, we always encourage the involvement of mom, dad or a general support system.

Please keep in mind, if you plan to use private insurance, your family may see Family Planning Services on their insurance invoice.

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