Parental Consent

Does my parent have to go to my appointment with me?

Question:  Do you have to have a parent to go in? I might have something wrong with my vagina

Answer:  Family Planning always encourages parental involvement.  FPA feels it is important to have a support system when it come to a client’s health and well being.  However, parental presence is not required in order to schedule an appointment at Family Planning.  Please call 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.

How much does it cost to get tested and treated for an STI?

Question: Okay…at one point I was unsure if I had something or not but I know I do now :/ I wanna get it checked out and taken care of. It feels gross, and it itches and I want it fixed ASAP. The main problem I have is I don’t want my parents to know. I’m 18 years old. My bank account is still in the same main account as my moms, so if I start taking out too much money she’ll notice. How much would it cost to treat an std and can you guys treat it and take care of it all there? Like if I go, get tested, test positive for something, will you guys be able to treat me or will you send me elsewhere. Again I won’t be able to go elsewhere without my parents finding out and that’s not even an option. And then what’s the next step. I go, get tested, test positive….then what? And what’s a cost? I know it’s based on income and insurance but what if I don’t have a whole lot of money and no insurance. So many Q’s. Sorry. Helppp

Answer:  If you have a concern, please call and schedule an appointment in order to get tested as soon as possible.  You also have the option to attend Teen Clinic in Ashtabula this Monday, September 30th.  Scheduling is reserved for teens and you also have the option of walking in if there are no available appointments when you call.

The Family Planning Association can screen and treat many sexually transmitted infections including but not limited to chlamydia, gonorrhea and herpes. Parental consent is not required in order to be tested for any STI and I can assure you your medical visit will be kept confidential.  Because you do not have insurance, the cost for the STI testing will be determined from a sliding scale, based of your income. However, no one is ever turned away from Family Planning because of inability to pay.

I think I might have an STD…

“i had sex last weekend with 2 guys but it was a mistake and i feel weeird i think i might have and std..theres burning and itching alot of itching?..and i dont think there is anything else but should i get a check up with out my parents knowing?…how much is it to get a checkup??”

A: “I strongly urge you to contact Family Planning at 440-992-5953 and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Any kind of burning or itching in the genital area is not normal. The sooner you get treatment the better. All of our services are confidential which means unless we have your written permission, we can not tell anybody you were here, why you were here, etc. Also, our services are based on a sliding fee scale or according to your income.”

Do you need to have an exam to get on birth control?

“I recently had a baby with my finance. We’re both underage. I have insurance under my dad nut my parents are against me getting birth control. Id like to secretly get it from family planning but im uncomfortable having anyone examine my body other than my doctor. My doctor saw me last month for my post partum check up & prescribed me the pill. Would I need to still have an exam.”

A: At Family Planning, a person does not need to have parental consent to get on birth control. However, all new patients must have an exam to get on birth control.

Can you help set up a birth control appointment?

“Can you help set up a birth control appointment? My girlfriend is only 16 and I’m 18 is that ok? Because her parents or mine can not know we are sexually active.”

A: “Unfortunately we can not make appointments through “Ask the Eductor.” If your girlfriend needs an appointment for birth control she can call either or Ashtabula or Lake county office to schedule one. All services provided at Family Planning are confidential however, we do encourage you and your girlfriend to share your decision with your parents but we also understand that isn’t always possible.”

Can I get free birth control?

“Can I get birth control for free without my parents knowing? I am 15.”

A: At Family Planning, we do provide confidential services. The cost of birth control will be based off of a sliding fee scale, which is based off of a persons income.

Can I bring my niece to FPA without parental permission?

“My neice is 15 and is about 4 months pregnant and I am the only one that knows about the pregnancy right now, she has not seen a doctor yet and I want to bring her in but I need to know about her being a minor. Can I bring her in with out parental permission? We have talked and she knows she needs to talk to her grandmother about what is going on but she needs to see a doctor to make sure she and baby are alright. She also needs to speak with someone about her options.”

A: “Your niece may want to contact the Family Planning Association to schedule an appointment to speak with our counselor to discuss her options. We do encourage teens to share their decision to come to the Family Planning Association with their parent or guardian however, we also understand that is not always an option. Family Planning provides confidential reproductive health care services to all clients including teens.”

Can I bring my brother’s girlfriend?

“Can i take my brothers girlfriend to the family planning doctor if her dad gives the ok?( i am 19) she is uncomfortable with him going .there is a chance of her being pregnet, and we were trying to get her checked out and have a normal check up since she hasent been to the doctors before??”

A: Yes anyone the age of 13 and up can come to Family Planning. Permission from parents is not needed. You can call and make an appointment or we do have certain times available for walk-ins.