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: Which is better, the pill or the shot?
Answer: There are advantages and disadvantages to all methods of hormonal birth control.
Birth control pill:
The best contraceptive choice depends on your medical history and personal goals. I encourage you to call and make an appointment to discuss your options with our medical staff (440) 352-0608.
Question: I am switching from the depo shot to the birth control pills. My expiration date for my shot is February 10th, would I have to wait until then to start taking the birth control pills?
Answer: You can take your first birth control pill up to 15 weeks after your last Depo injection. However, I would suggest scheduling an appointment at Family Planning when you are due for your next Depo injection and discuss your options with the nurse. Irregardless of what type of birth control you switch to, please use a back up method, such as condoms, during the first month.
Question: So i am down to my last week of the pill. I am 17 but i was unable to go to the teen clinic on Tuesday so would i be able to just come in at one of the other supply times?
Answer: Yes, you can come into the clinic during the supply times if you are currently a patient with Family Planning. Please look on-line or call 24 hours in advance to determine what the supply times are for that day. If you did not receive your birth control pills from Family Planning, then please call, schedule an appointment to meet with our nursing staff.
Question: HI, a doctor at the family planning clinic in Painesville OH took out my Mirena IUD that i had had in for a year. It was causing me a lot of pain. She prescribed my Junel Fe 1/20 to begin taking that day. I have been on the JUnel fe now for two months and have missed both months periods. on mirena my periods did come only once every few moths, and I got mine the week before i got it taken out, so I am wondering why i would still not have gotten it on the new birth control. I have taken a pregnancy test and it came up negative, and i take a daily vitamin and am very active, so i am concerned there is something wrong. should I make an appointment or wait another month to see what happens?
Answer: I spoke with the nurse practitioner and she suggested that your delayed period might be a result of the left over hormones from the Mirena. It is normal to allow your body a few months to adjust to different dosages of hormones when changing birth control methods. However, if you are uncomfortable not having a menstrual cycle, I encourage you to call and make an appointment to switch to a different dosage (440) 352-0608.
Question: Can I switch to a different type of pill? The pill I’m on now is causing me to break out and is making me sick, would I be able to switch to a different kind of pill?
Answer: Nausea and complexion changes are normal side effects of oral contraceptives and usually last 2-3 months after you begin taking them. However, if you are uncomfortable or unhappy with your current birth control pill, or you have been consuming them for longer than 3 months, I highly encourage you to call your local doctor or Family Planning (352-0608) to schedule an appointment to discuss other birth control options.
Question: How much could a teen get the pill for without insurance?
Answer: I cannot say exactly how much birth control would be for someone of any age without insurance. The cost for birth control methods is determined by where the person falls on our sliding fee scale, which takes into account the patient’s income. Some people without insurance can qualify for Family Planning Medicaid as well, which helps cover the cost for any family planning related service (birth control, STI testing/treatment). Nobody is denied services here, so I would suggest making an appointment if you’re interested in birth control options. 440-352-0608
Question: I was put on Ortho Tri-Cyclen 28 about a month ago, I started taking the pills the day I got them at the office. I was supposed to start my period on March 28th, but I didn’t due to the pills. Around April 2nd I started bleeding, and I wasn’t onto the green pills yet. It definitely wasn’t spotting, it’s been quite a bit of blood, I’ve gone through tampons in an hour. I’ve also had very severe cramps, though they haven’t been constant, just sudden pressure about every 10-15 minutes. Is there something wrong?
A: As educators, we are unable to tell you for sure if something is wrong. Break-thru-bleeding on the pill is spotting/bleeding when you don’t expect your period. It is possible for this to occur during the first 3 months of starting birth control pills. Since you are experiencing severe cramping as well as bleeding, I would recommend calling us at Family Planning to speak to a nurse about what you’re experiencing. 440-352-0608
“How old do you have to be to go on the pill?”
A: “There is not a specific age for a woman to start using the birth control pill. If you are interested in starting a birth control method like the pill contact your health care provider or the Family Planning Association to make an appointment to discuss your options.”
“If I run out of birth control pills and can’t get any more for a week, is it ok to still have sex for just that week with out getting pregnant?”
A: “Absolutely not. If you are going to have sex use a backup method like a latex condom. You are not protected against pregancy if you do not take your pills for one week. You must also use a condom for seven days after you start taking your pills again because it takes one week for the pills to become active.”