Question: I just found out my 16 year old daughter is pregnant. I added her to my Medicaid case in May and I’m awaiting to hear if she has been added. I need to get verification of her pregnancy to turn into job and family services. Do I need to make an appointment or can I just walk in ?
Answer: In order to value your time, please call Painesville (440-352-0608) and make an appointment to receive pregnancy verification. We have open availability and should be able to accommodate an appointment to fit the needs of your schedule.
Question: For my first time coming in for birth control pills, will I have to have a pap smear exam if I’m 17 and have never had one done? And will my parents HSA cover the cost of the birth control pills?
Answer: American Cancer Society recommends PAP exams starting at age 21 and because you are age 17, you will unlikely receive a PAP exam during your office visit.
Under the Affordable Care Act, the majority of insurance companies provide birth control pills at either low or no cost to the patient. If your insurance company does not cover the cost of your birth control, or you decide not to use your family insurance, Family Planning offers a sliding fee scale as well as accepts donations.
Question: I have a friend in the area who is transgender but their parents don’t support them, and they don’t have access to employment or transportation. Do you do informed consent hormone therapy?
Answer: Unfortunately, the Family Planning does not offer hormone therapy. Although transportation is a concern, the Pride Clinic located at the Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center in Cleveland 216-957-4905 or more locally, Dr. Weiss, an Endocrinologist in Mentor 440-266-5000 can be helpful resources.
We want to ensure your friend has a place to stay where they feel safe. Thank you for being a such a supportive friend; please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can offer further assistance.
Question: How old do you have to be to get your tubes tied?
Answer: Although there may not be an age restriction in the state of Ohio for a woman to seek out a tubal ligation, your insurance company may set restrictions on paying for it. We encourage you to call your health insurance company to receive a more accurate answer.
Question: My best friend is lying about being pregnant… what do I do?
Answer: Lying in general is extremely dangerous. It may be helpful to explain to your friend that you are concerned about her safety for when loved ones find out. I am unsure on why she feels she needs to lie about something so serious, but it would be beneficial to have a conversation with her to ask why she feels she needs to lie and help her problem solve alternative solutions because the truth will be revealed in nine months.
Question: Hi I went on the depo shot Jan 6 and not sure when I was suppose to get the 2nd shot I think the end of March beginning of April. I had sex on 3/24 and pulled out took a pregnancy test yesterday 4/7 and there is a very light line where the pregnancy line should be.. Was there a slim chance I could have gotten pregnant? He did pull out, but I know there is still that chance, should I wait a few days to test again to see if the line gets darker? I have 3 kids the youngest being only 8 months and freaking out, the whole point in going on the depo I thought I was protected even on that last week before the next was due. Any advice would be appreciated
Answer: The Depo-Provera shot is effective for 12-13 weeks, but no birth control is 100% effective. If your first shot was January 6, that means you would be due for the second shot around March 31, so you should have been protected on the March 24 intercourse. Remember that stress, as well as beginning a new birth control method can affect the timing of your period. If you would like to make an appointment to have a pregnancy test done in our clinic, please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula). If you are not pregnant, you should also make sure to get your next shot as soon as possible to prevent future unplanned pregnancies. This can be done without an appointment if you come in during the clinic’s Supply Times which can be found on our website at http://www.fpaneo.org/supply-times/ or by calling the clinic you prefer.
Question: I threw up about 2 hours after I got an antibiotic and shot for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Do I need to take the shot and pills again or am I good?
Answer: Antibiotics can take up to two hours to be absorbed in your system.
Please call to confirm your results for both chlamydia and gonorrhea Painesville (440-352-0608) or Ashtabula (440-992-5953). If the test results were positive, please get retested in 30 days to ensure the treatment worked and you are now negative of both infections. In order to minimize future risk for yourself and future partners, please continue to practice safer sex with consistent condom use and STI/HIV testing every 90 days.
Question: So my girlfriend found a little red dot on the shaft of my penis and shes kinda worried it isn’t really big and its the only one any ideas on what it is?
Answer: There could be many explanations for bumps, dots or any changes on a man’s penis. Without an examination, one will remain unsure. Please call 440-352-0608 (Painesville) or 440-992-5953 (Ashtabula) to make an appointment.
Question: I’ve been getting the depo and me and my fiancé have been trying to get a little one … I was up in February to get my next shot and we’ve been trying …. is there any pills or shot I can get to make me ovulate or start to receive faster?
Answer: Depo-Provera prevents pregnancy three ways: delays ovulation, thickens cervical mucous and thins uterine lining. Although Depo-Provera requires an injection every three months, it can take several months up to two years for all of the hormone to leave a woman’s bloodstream, allowing her menstrual cycle to become more regular. While you are unable to impact the timing of when your ovulation will return, it would be helpful to track your fertility. You can use cycle beads, keep track on a calendar or keep a journal of when your period starts, how long it lasts and how many days until you start your period the next month. A regular menstrual cycle is 26-32 days long, or 26-32 days between the start of your period one month to the next.
Question: I am 25 and am still covered by my mom’s HSA through work. I want to get an IUD, but my mom is very religious. When I discussed this with her, she said she would kick me out if I got birth control. Can I get an IUD without using my insurance, even though I have insurance?
Answer: You can receive an IUD at Family Planning Association without using your family insurance. FPA will assess cost using a sliding fee scale based off of your income. Please bring proof of income during your first appointment.
To make an appointment please call Painesville at 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula at 440-992-5953.