23 and looking to get birth control pills for the first time

Question:  I’m currently 23 and are looking to get birth control bills for the first time. I just wanted to know if it’s okay to come in whenever you’re open or do you request appointments for asking about what kinds and getting the first pack to pay for and try? I had an appointment set up at Lake Health gyno but it’s a month out because she’s THAT booked and if I didn’t have to wait that long I’d rather not wait lol…….. Currently in a relationship and have always used some sort of protection otherwise but I’m looking to try pills as a birth control and possibly to help with hormonal acne. My insurance is through Aetna and I’m on my single father’s insurance and I obviously don’t talk to him about this kinda stuff! So just looking for the process through you guys and what step I should be taking next. Thanks!

Answer:  FPANEO does ask that you make an appointment in order to begin a birth control method so that we can assess your medical history and what method may work best for your needs.  Birth control pills can be very effective at preventing pregnancy if taken consistently and correctly and can also help with acne concerns.  Please make sure to communicate these needs to our nursing staff so that they can provide you with an appropriate prescription.  In regards to your insurance, we do accept most private insurance plans but if you choose to have confidential services (meaning you do not want to use your father’s insurance) you would be put on a sliding fee scale where your income determines how much you would pay.  For your appointment please bring your insurance card and/or proof of income so that we can best work with your situation.

To make an appointment please call Painesville at 440-352-0608 or Ashtabula at 440-992-5953.

I think I have an STD; can I get tested and for how much?

Question:  I think I have a std not sure if gonorrhea or chlamydia can I get test on the dl had a one nite stand  and how much?

Answer:  All services offered by the Family Planning Association are confidential.  FPA accepts private insurance, Medicaid or offers services based on a sliding fee scale. Please call (440) 352-0608 (Painesville clinic) or (440) 992-5953 (Ashtabula clinic) to schedule an appointment to get tested for STIs.  If you are 19 years old or younger you can also call to schedule an appointment or walk-in on  Teen Clinic Mondays. Please call for further information.