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Should I be concerned that I am experiencing spotting on the Nexplanon arm implant?

Question: I got the Nexplanon Implant in on Aug 29, 2015. I was told that spotting could occur for up to 6 months. It has been past 6 months and I still spot frequently and have periods. My spotting tends to be a dark brown or black discharge…I feel  like I have this all the time and it is affecting my sex life. Is this something I should be concerned about? Is there something that could prevent the bleeding?

Answer:  One side effect of the Nexplanon arm implant is an irregular menstrual cycle.  Although spotting between periods is not medically concerning when using the implant, you can have it removed if it is not meeting your goals and select another method of birth control.  Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to schedule an appointment to speak to the nurse about your contraceptive options.

What type of birth control can cause infertility?

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.

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

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