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:
- Signature Health: 440-953-9999 or www.signaturehealthinc.com
- Forbes House Helpline: 440-357-1018 or https://forbeshouse.org/get-help/helpline/. Forbes House can provide guidance and assist you in developing a safety plan to prepare you to leave.
- Family Preservation services for concerns involving child placement
- Child Protective Services
- Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: 440-423-2020 (call or text) CRCC offers crisis services, counseling and court advocacy
Question: What are the different types of birth control and how old to you have to be to be able to revive them?
Answer: There are five different types of birth control:
- Abstinence – refraining from oral, anal and vaginal sex is the only 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Hormonal – prevents pregnancy by absorbing man-made hormones that will either either prevent or delay ovulation, build cervical mucous and interferes with uterine lining from building (arm implant, hormonal IUD, shot, ring, patch and pill)
- Chemical – Spermicide paralyzes sperm and prevents pregnancy (Copper IUD, spermicide alone [jelly, cream, suppositories, film] and diaphragms used with spermicide)
- Fertility Awareness – tracking monthly menstrual cycle (natural family planning, tracking basil temperature, calendar awareness and cycle beads)
- Barrier – internal and external condoms (male or female condoms) prevent pregnancy and STIs
If you are interested any of the above contraceptive methods, please call either the Painesville or Ashtaubla FPA clinic to make an appointment to discuss your options.
Question: I get a Depo shot every three months. I just lost my health insurance and cant afford the Depo shot from the pharmacy. How much would you guys charge to get it?
Answer: Our clinic works on a sliding fee scale which means that the patient’s income determines how much the bill will be for services. This can range from 0% to 100% so it is helpful to bring proof of income to each appointment. However, no one is turned away due to inability to pay. For more information and to schedule an appointment, please call 440-352-0608 for Painesville, or 440-992-5953 for Ashtabula.
Question: What should I do if I don’t have any income since I’m 15?
Answer: If a patient does not have any income or insurance, they would receive all services at no cost. Family Planning does accept donations and will not turn any one away because of inability to pay.
Question: How is an IUD inserted? Is there anything for the pain, such as numbing for the cervix?
Answer: In order to insert an IUD, the physician first inserts a speculum into the vagina and then the IUD applicator to measure the uterus. Once size of the uterus is determined, the physician then reinserts the applicator and places the device into the uterus. In some cases, the physician may prescribe a medication to relax the cervix to minimize discomfort. The overall insertion process takes less than five minutes and can be placed during any part of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
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: How much is it to get checked for STD/STI’s?
Answer: Many STI screenings are covered under private insurance plans and/or Medicaid. If you do not use insurance, the cost of service is determined by your income on a sliding fee scale, meaning the patient responsibility can range from 0-100% of the total bill. You may call us at 440-352-0608 to find out where your income falls on this scale. However, no one is turned away due to inability to pay.
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: I was just wondering if you check to see if women are fertile? I wanna have kids but having a hard time.
Answer: Family Planning services do not include fertility treatment, but staff may be able to help rule out some medical reasons for difficulties becoming pregnant. It is possible to impact fertility with stress, poor diet or being over/under weight. If there is a history of health issues such as thyroid complications, PCOS, endometriosis, or an untreated sexually transmitted infection – these can all impact a woman’s fertility.
Depending on how long you have been trying to become pregnant, you may want to start with ovulation tracking. This can help you determine the days each month that you are most likely to be ovulating so that you can have sexual contact during those times. There are websites as well as apps for your phone that can help you keep track of your cycle to do this as well. You may also consider purchasing an ovulation tracker over the counter at your local pharmacy.
If you have been trying for more than six months, staff suggest that you make an appointment with an OBGYN that specializes in this treatment. Locally some options include University Hospitals, Cleveland Clinic and Lake OBGYN.
Question: Do you have any referrals or links where I can get a free mammogram, with no insurance?
Answer: Women that meet specific age and income guidelines may qualify for no cost mammograms through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Project at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health (1-800-443-2168 or 216-201-2062). Mammogram screening is recommended for woman at average risk starting at age 40. Younger women who are at a higher risk of breast cancer, earlier screening may be recommended. It is also important to conduct regular at home breast exams and any changes in look or feel of the breast needs to be reported to your healthcare provider.
If you are interested in applying for private insurance of Medicaid, FPANEO has Certified Application Counselors on site that can assist you with the enrollment process. Call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.