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
Question: How much would it cost for me to be put on birth control?
Answer: Family Planning accepts both insurance and Medicaid. In addition, some individuals may be eligible to apply for Family Planning Medicaid, which would cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing and treatment). If you do not have insurance or are not Family Planning Medicaid eligible, the cost for the visit and birth control method would be determined by a sliding fee scale, accounting for family size and income. Irregardless, no one is turned away from Family Planning because of inability to pay. Please call 440-352-0608 to schedule an appointment.
Question: I think I should get tested for STI. How much will it cost to get tested assuming I’m at the top of your sliding scale? Also how much would treatment be assuming I have say chlamydia? I have a burning sensation when I urinate?
How/when can I get tested? Should I be going to the HIV sites? Thanks for all your help.
Answer: Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea involves a cotton swab for females and a urine sample for males. Family Planning also can test for HIV with a finger prick blood test that will offer results in about twenty minutes. If you have a concern, please call and schedule an appointment in order to get tested as soon as possible 440-352-0608. You also have the option to attend Teen Clinic in Painesville this Monday, October 7th. Scheduling is reserved for teens and you also have the option of walking in if there are no available appointments when you call.
In regards to cost, Family Planning operates off of a sliding fee scale, based off income and family size. However, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.
Question: I recently got rid of my insurance. Do I pay with cash or a check or my debit card?
Answer: Family Planning accepts all forms of payment, including cash, check, Visa and Master credit cards. In addition, some people without insurance can qualify for Family Planning Medicaid, which helps cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing/treatment). No one is denied services so I would suggest calling to make an appointment 440-352-0608.
Question: How much does Implanon or Mirena cost if my insurance doesn’t cover it?
Answer: The Implanon implant has been replaced with a new one called Nexplanon. The cost for the Nexplanon and Mirena at Family Planning is determined by our sliding fee scale, taking in account your household income. Please call and schedule an appointment to determine your eligibility (440) 352-0608
Question: Do you do free testing for chlamydia?
Answer: The cost for all STI testing at Family Planning is determined by our sliding fee scale. The patients income determines where they fall on that scale, so someone with a relatively low or no income would get their testing for a minimal to no cost.