faqs

General: Costs, Appointments, and Privacy

How do you charge for your services?
Could my mom set up an appointment for me?
Can I get in to see a doctor today?
Are the services at Family Planning free?
Do my parents have to be present at my appointment?

Birth Control for Men and Women / Pregnancy

Can I get pills or the Depo-Provera shot at Family Planning to hold me over until I can see my own doctor?
Can I get birth control without my parents knowing?
How long after I stop birth control can I get pregnant?
Can I get a pregnancy test if I am not a patient at Family Planning?
Can I get pregnant on my period?
Is there birth control for men?
Will the Depo-Provera shot make me sterile?
Will an IUD cause any damage to prevent me from having children?

STDs

Can I get an STD from having oral sex?
How often can I get STD testing?
Can I walk in for an STD test?
How can I get HPV if I use a condom?
How do I get STDs?

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General: Costs, Appointments, and Privacy

How do you charge for your services?
No person is refused services related to inability to pay. Family Planning fees are based on a sliding scale related to your current income. The STD clinic offers free test and there is a $50 charge for exams. Back to top.

Could my mom set up an appointment for me?
We encourage the person/patient wanting the appointment to call and make the appointment. (You must schedule an appointment to see a provider.) Your mom can initiate the appointment, but it is best if you make the appointment. Back to top.

Can I get in to see a doctor today?
You must schedule an appointment to see a provider. The hours available to see a practitioner are: Monday 12pm-4pm, Tuesday 1:30pm – 4:45pm, Wednesday 8:30am – 11am and 1:15pm- 4pm, Thursday 1:45pm- 4:45pm and Friday morning 8:30am– 11:15am. Depending on the situation and scheduling, you may be seen on the day you call or walk-in. If not, the earliest appointment will be scheduled for you according to your availability. Back to top.

Can I get birth control without my parents knowing?
Yes. All services are 100% confidential. Parents are not informed of any services that are received from our office. We do however encourage all our teens to discuss their reproductive decisions with parents. Teens are assured parents are not notified. Back to top.

Are the services at Family Planning free?
No. All services are charged on a sliding fee scale according to your household size and income. We have full fees, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% discounts. We also bill private insurance and Medicaid. Back to top.

Do my parents have to be present at my appointment?
No. You are the patient. Services are confidential. Parents are welcome. It is your decision. Back to top.

Birth Control for Men and Women / Pregnancy

Can I get a pregnancy test if I am not a patient at Family Planning?
Yes. You will be required to complete paperwork to become established in our system. We make our process as easy as possible so that we can help you and get testing completed. Back to top.

Can I get pills or the Depo-Provera shot at Family Planning to hold me over until I can see my own doctor?
Our office is a medical office that provides services and contraceptives to our patients. You are welcome to become a patient with us, where we can prescribe and administer the prescribed medication. Back to top.

How long after I stop birth control can I get pregnant?
This really depends on the form of birth control. There are methods where you can get pregnant as soon as you discontinue use. There are other options that may take from 3-6 months or even 12-18 months. Back to top.

Can I get pregnant on my period?
Yes, however it is less likely. Pregnancy occurs with ovulation which typically happens mid cycle. Back to top.

Is there birth control for men?
Yes, condoms and vasectomy. Back to top.

Will the Depo-Provera shot make me sterile?
No. It may take 12-18 months to achieve a pregnancy after being on the Depo-Provera shot. Once you discontinue any birth control method, you will return to your reproductive status prior to starting birth control. Back to top.

Will an IUD cause any damage to prevent me from having children?
There are always risk factors when using any birth control methods. IUD’s have been found to be very safe & effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies. Back to top.

STDs

Can I get an STD from having oral sex?
Yes, you can. Back to top.

How often can I get STD testing?
We encourage at least 3 months between testing, however, it depends on each individual’s situation. Back to top.

Can I walk in for an STD test?
An appointment is needed to see the practitioner for STD testing. It is best to schedule this prior to coming into the office since there are certain hours when the nurse practitioner and doctor are available. If you walk in and an appointment is available, you will be seen that day. However, it’s best to call and schedule your appointment ahead of time. If you are an established patient, you may walk in for testing as long as you are up to date on your exams and an order is in your chart. Back to top.

How can I get HPV if I use a condom?
HPV is transmitted by skin to skin contact. A condom does not cover all the skin. Back to top.

How do I get STDs?
You get STDs by having sexual contact with someone that has an STD. A person may not know they have an STD and pass it on to you. Back to top.

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