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Teen Patient Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers. If you have a question you don't see below call us at 1.800.230.7526.


 

Where can I find health information about pregnancy, STIs/STDs (sexually transmitted infections/diseases), and birth control?

Click here to visit the health info section of the national Planned Parenthood website, where you can find answers by category or by performing a search. Or you can click here to visit Info for Teens, a Planned Parenthood website devoted to the topics teens care about most, with videos, questions submitted by teens and answered by health professionals, and more.

Where can I find information about health center hours, locations and what kind of services they offer?

Click here to enter your zip code or state and receive a list of the health centers closest to you, along with contact information and available health services, directions, and the option to request an appointment at the health center online. Click on a health center’s name for further details on hours, special programs, and more. All services are confidential, even if you are under18. Although Planned Parenthood always encourages youth talk to a trusted adult about their health care needs, you don't need parental permission to access services. If you don't have a trusted adult you can talk to, you can always come to one of our health centers to talk to someone or ask questions.

If I visit one of PPRM’s health centers in Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico or Southern Nevada, will my parents find out?

That depends on what state you live in and what services you are seeking.

In Colorado, youth may access contraceptive and STD preventative services without the consent of a parent. However, parental notification is required for minors seeking abortion services. To learn more about parental notification, click here.

In Wyoming, New Mexico, and Southern Nevada, minors can give informed consent and receive confidential services without parental notification or consent.

PPRM encourages minors to include a parent or another trusted adult in decision-making regarding their sexual health and choices surrounding unintended pregnancies, but would never share your health information—or even the fact that you are our patient—with anyone without your explicit consent. Please inform staff if you are concerned about confidentiality, so we can make necessary arrangements to notify you of test results or billing information.

I’m under 18 and I don’t have insurance. Will I have to pay for my visit?

PPRM charges for health center services. It’s important that even if you feel you can’t pay for your service, you get the help that you need. If you have concerns about paying, let us know when you call to make an appointment at 1.800.230.7526 and we’ll see how we can help.

I have insurance, but it’s through my parents. Will they find out about my visit?

Different insurance companies have different policies, but many send home an explanation of benefits (EOB) that lists visit details. The best way to know for sure is to call the customer services number on the back of your insurance card and ask.

I’m using my health insurance when I come in. Will I still have to pay for my visit?

Many insurance companies require patients to pay a copay any time they have an appointment. Copays usually range from $10 to $35, but it depends on the insurance company and your type of plan. Copays are usually listed on the front of your insurance card, but if they aren’t, you can call the customer service number on the back of the card to find out. Copays have to be collected at the beginning of your appointment, unless you have signed up to have the Family Planning Benefit Program pay the cost for you. Most Medicaid plans do not have a copay.

I just want some condoms and birth control. Do I need to make an appointment?

You can pick up condoms anytime our health centers are open. If you already have a prescription for birth control from us and it’s a type that we carry (most are), you can pick your birth control up at any of PPRM’s health centers while they are open. If you don’t have a birth control prescription, you would need to come in for one of two different kinds of appointments—either a birth control discussion, called a HOPE visit (Hormonal Options without a Pelvic Exam) or, if you want, a full gynecological exam and pap smear. HOPE visits can be done during our walk-ins or as appointments, but full exams have to be scheduled as appointments.

What if my school doesn't currently teach comprehensive sex education, but I think they should?

If you'd like the Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains to provide comprehensive sex education at your school or after-school program, talk to your teach or parent. Let them know they can get more information about the Responsible Sex Education Institute here.

I just want to pick up EC (emergency contraception, aka “the morning-after pill”). Do I need to make an appointment, and does it cost anything?

You can pick up a pack of EC at any of our health centers while they’re open, no appointment is necessary. Women under 17 can purchase EC after getting a prescription from a Planned Parenthood health center.

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Teen Patient Frequently Asked Questions