Question: I was wondering who I contact to get all of my medical records. I have moved out of state and need them for a new doctor.
Answer: Please call the clinic (440-352-0608) to request and complete a release of information. This will allow us to share your records with your new provider.
Question: Hello! I was wondering if you do IUD removals and infertility tests? I can’t find any gynecologists within a hour from my home that accepts my state health insurance to do so. It’s almost the deadline for me to remove it and am urgently searching for a place that can perform the removal and test. Thank you!
Answer: Yes, our staff are able to remove IUDs but we do not offer testing specific to infertility. We can provide a pelvic exam to determine if you are healthy and your reproductive organs are functioning normally. We also can provide counseling services if that is appropriate for your situation. If you would like to start the initial exam process with us, please call 440-352-0608 to set up an appointment. Moving forward, an appointment with a gynecologist’s office would be needed to provide further services, including blood and infertility testing for you and your partner.
Question: Can I get sterilized at your clinic? And if so is there an age requirement? I am 24 with 1 child already and have no plans for another at all in my future.
Answer: We do not preform sterilization procedures at our clinic but there are many providers locally that do. Currently, most providers require patients to be at least 21 years of age. Most health insurance plans cover birth control, including sterilization, for free or for a very low cost.
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.