Question: For my first time coming in for birth control pills, will I have to have a pap smear exam if I’m 17 and have never had one done? And will my parents HSA cover the cost of the birth control pills?
Answer: American Cancer Society recommends PAP exams starting at age 21 and because you are age 17, you will unlikely receive a PAP exam during your office visit.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the majority of insurance companies provide birth control pills at either low or no cost to the patient. If your insurance company does not cover the cost of your birth control, or you decide not to use your family insurance, Family Planning offers a sliding fee scale as well as accepts donations.
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.
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.
Question: So, I do not have insurance nor a job as I have literally just moved to Ohio. My IUD has dislodged itself and is causing me pain. How can I get help as someone without a job? Are there alternatives to maybe figure out cost like me bringing in a W2?
I’m really not wanting to pay the huge tab on a ER visit for such a simple thing so please let me know if there is something you can do or other alternatives so I can get your services.
Answer: The Family Planning Association uses a sliding fee scale that asses cost based off of household income and family size. Please call the Painesville clinic (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula clinic (440-992-5953) to make an appointment. If you are interested, you can also visit with one of our Certified Application Counselors for information or assistance in applying for private insurance or Medicaid.
However, it is an emergency if you believe your IUD is dislodged. Please do not wait for an appointment at Family Planning and go to the ER right away.
Question: I think I have a std not sure if gonorrhea or chlamydia can I get test on the dl had a one nite stand and how much?
Answer: All services offered by the Family Planning Association are confidential. FPA accepts private insurance, Medicaid or offers services based on a sliding fee scale. Please call (440) 352-0608 (Painesville clinic) or (440) 992-5953 (Ashtabula clinic) to schedule an appointment to get tested for STIs. If you are 19 years old or younger you can also call to schedule an appointment or walk-in on Teen Clinic Mondays. Please call for further information.
Question: I started birth control when I was around 15 to help with my extremely irregular period cycle, then my mom’s company chose to drop her health insurance (and mine) a few years later due to the Affordable Care Act. The price of my birth control skyrocketed so we couldn’t afford the pills anymore and I haven’t been on them for maybe a year or two. I am 20 now and my period has gone back to being extremely irregular; it didn’t come for months at a time and now it came and I’ve had it nonstop for two months so far (it’s still ongoing). I am not sexually active, nor have I ever been.
How would I go about getting back on birth control?
Would I need another vaginal exam (my doctor did one when I first started birth control)?
How much would it cost?
Also, is there any biological reason my period would be like this? I got my first period when I was 9 and it has always been irregular.
Answer: It is normal for females under the age of 25 to experience an unpredictable menstrual cycle. One advantage of using a combined hormonal contraceptive method, such as the pill, patch and ring, is the regulation of your menstrual cycle. However, if you are not planning to become pregnant in the next year, a long acting birth control might be something for you to consider. Both the Liletta and Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) offer 3-5 years of pregnancy prevention and a lot of women that use either the Liletta or Mirena experience no period at all, with exception of a light/spotty period once every couple of months. Please call 352-0608 to make an appointment to discuss the variety of contraceptive methods with our staff.
Regulations involving pelvic exams have recently changed and females do not receive regular screening until they reach age 21. However, if your last pelvic exam was abnormal or you have a history of any medical concerns, please let the staff know when you call to make an appointment.
The Family Planning Association of Northeast Ohio accepts private insurance, Medicaid or can set your cost using a sliding fee scale. The clinic will ask you how much income your household brings in, 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 and accepts donations as well.
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.
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.
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.
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