Question: So I’m 15 years old and I want to be put on birth control because me and my boyfriend are sexually active. Do I have to have my mom be there to get the implant if I have insurance?
Answer: While we do encourage family involvement, your parent does not have to be present for you to get any form of birth control, including the implant. You can also begin your chosen birth control method with, or without health insurance. However, there may be an Explanation of Benefits with the services completed sent to the insurance account holder (i.e. your parent), so if you have concerns about confidentiality, make sure to bring that up at your appointment so that we can respect your privacy.
Question: I just found out I’m pregnant and I was trying to see if you guys do ultrasounds or check to see if your baby is healthy ?
Answer: Family Planning Association does not provide ultrasounds. We can write an order for a person to get an ultrasound at another facility but the patient would be responsible to cover the cost. Cost of an ultrasound may vary depending on the provider. Call local OBGYN’s in your area for further information.
If you are interested, FPA has Certified Application Counselors on staff that can assist you in applying for insurance or Medicaid. Because you are pregnant, you qualify for the special enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act that can help cover your prenatal costs. Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) if you have any additional questions or if you would like to schedule an appointment.
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’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: My parents are taking me off their health insurance. I can’t afford health insurance and I can’t qualify for any aid from the government because my parents still file me on their tax returns as a dependent. Am I able to get low cost care? I’m looking into an IUD but they’re really expensive. They said they would not help me with the cost.
Answer: Family Planning Association assess a fee based on family size and income of the household. However, FPA never refuses services based on your ability to pay and encourage you to call to make an appointment to discuss your IUD choices 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula). If you are also interested, please call our Director of Social Services at the Painesville clinic to discuss your Medicaid and/or private insurance options and answer any questions you may have with possible enrollment.
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: DO you accept Caresource insurance?
Answer: Yes, not only does Family Planning accept Caresource, we are in-network with a large variety of private and Medicaid insurance providers. Please call 352-0608 to make an appointment.