Question: Do you need a guardian to be treated?
Answer: We do encourage family involvement during your appointment, but a guardian does not need to be present for you to access services. 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.
Answer: Yes, please walk-in on Monday afternoon during Teen Clinic for your first appointment. As long as there are no medical contraindications, and we have the arm implant in stock, we will be able to meet the goals of your visit. This upcoming Monday (11/9) Teen Clinic will be held at our Painesville location from 3-5pm and the following week it will be held at our Ashtabula site.
Answer: The only method that is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy is abstinence. However, the copper IUD (ParaGard) is a highly effective (99%) non-hormonal method that works immediately after it is inserted and can last up to 10 years. The copper IUD prevents pregnancy by interfering with the sperms ability to reach the egg to fertilize but the user will still ovulate regularly.
Answer: If a client is not using insurance, Family Planning charges a client based off of income and never turns someone away due to inability to pay. We will test you at no cost to you but do accept donations. Although Family Planning offers a supportive environment, we encourage your family to be involved during your visit. If you aren’t comfortable bring your parents, please consider bringing another family member, supportive friend, as well as your partner.
Family Planning offers a walk-in clinic for teens on Mondays from 3:00PM-5:00PM. Our next Teen Clinics are:
Ashtabula Family Planning: January 13, 2020
Painesville Family Planning: January 20, 2020
Answer: Family Planning serves any person age 13 and older, with no cap on how old the client may be. We also accept Medicaid and Medicare.
Answer: There could be several reasons why a person experiences frequent urinary tract infections after sex and the best and first recommendation is for you and your partner to get tested to ensure they are in fact UTIs. A lot of STIs can cause symptoms that mimic UTIs as well. If a physician does diagnosis you with a UTI, antibiotics are the best course of action. In effort of preventing more in the future, try to urinate immediately after sex and increase your daily water intake. Further discussion with your physician may offer other options that would be effective for you.
Answer: Smoking nicotine based products does not necessarily impact the effectiveness of emergency contraception (Plan B) but it can increase risk of heart attack, stroke or blood clot due. Dizziness is also a side effect of emergency contraception and marijuana can make you feel more dizzy. Please follow up with a medical provider for additional concerns.
Question: I had unprotected vaginal sex using withdrawal/ the pull-out method, followed by oral sex and towel clean-up. I have concerns about pregnancy due to second vaginal sex happening afterwards, and missing 2 birth control pills in the following days.
Answer: There is a risk of pregnancy following any unprotected vaginal sex. A man cannot control pre-ejaculate, or pre-cum, which is fluid that will come out of a penis during sex that can contain live sperm. So you may have been exposed to this even though he removed himself before ejaculating (finishing).
Sperm do not live long outside of the body, but can live inside the female for 3-5 days. So missing birth control pills after this sexual contact could increase the risk of pregnancy, depending on how many days after sex the pills were missed.
All of the sex acts also put both partners at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STI) if condoms were not used. It is recommended for both partners to visit a healthcare provider for STI testing, as most infections do not show any symptoms.
The Family Planning Association (FPA) can perform a pregnancy test if you miss your next period, or experience other symptoms.
If the birth control pill is difficult to remember and causing you anxiety, FPA can also provide other effective methods that last longer than the pill, even years at a time. FPA offers condoms for free, including flavored condoms and dental dams for safer oral sex.
To make an appointment, please call 440-352-0608 for Painesville, or 440-992-5953 for Ashtabula.
Question: I recently got the Nexplanon implant in December of 2018 at age 18. It lasts 3 years so I’m due to get it out when I’m 21 and I’ll be in college. When it is time for it to be taken out and replaced can I go back to family planning to do this with no cost?
Answer: If you are not interested in applying or using insurance, Family Planning assesses cost based off of family size and household income. FPA does not refuse services if a client is issued a bill and is unable to pay. We graciously accept donations as well.
Question: Do you guys deal with emotional abuse? I think that’s what I’m going through with my husband and don’t know what to do for my kids not to be taken away.
Answer: Signature Health offers individual or marriage and family counseling, however, if you feel you or your children are unsafe, please also consider a few of the local resources below: