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Im 16 and want to use birth control.

By August 6, 2009 - 2:55pm
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Well im 16 and have been sexually active since i as 14. I've only been with one guy and still are. When we started i always wanted to be as protected as possible and i had gone to parent hood couple times but it was always closed.
Also my mother isnt aware that im sexually active so do i need my mother or may i go with my boyfriend who is 18? how can i bring it up to my mom without telling her im sexually active? and what is the average price of birth control?

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Dear Camil117

Thanks for your question and welcome!

When you say that "parent hood" and it's always closed, do you mean Planned Parenthood? Just look up the website of the one near you and find out their hours.

You can always use condoms, you don't have to be with your mom to get them or your boyfriend can purchase them.

But if you want to go on the birth control pill, then you will need a prescription from a doctor. It may depend on the brand but you can be on the Pill at age 16. Your doctor will more than likely do a pap test for you (if you have never had one, you need one, especially as you've been sexually active for two years) and your doctor will prescribe a birth control pill for you. Any person going on the Pill for the first time will need a health checkup first. It can cost anywhere from $50 to $250.

As to the cost of the Pill, it varies. You will probably have to pay for your physical exam if you don't have your own health insurance (I assume you don't, at your age) and you don't want to use your family insurance but some clinics offer a sliding scale fee.

Birth control pills cost anywhere from $20-$75 per month (which may sound a lot but it's much cheaper than a baby!). But a clinic can advise you on that.

It's a bit difficult to bring it up to your mom without telling her the truth. Some women pretend they are on the Pill to regulate their periods but if you are mature enough to be sexually active and wanting to be on the Pill then you should be mature enough to discuss it with your parents. Hiding it (and hiding the fact you are on the Pill) is going to make for a bit of sneaking about and life is going to get tricky.

But you can do this without your parents consent/knowledge, just make sure you have the money for it (your boyfriend should pay at least half) and that you are educated as to the use and side effects of birth control pills so you don't panic if you miss Pills or have a side effect. Your doctor can help you with this (depending on what kind you will use) and make sure you read up on the brand of Pill you get.

Good luck!

August 8, 2009 - 5:42am
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