WE'RE HERE FOR YOUTH
All of our health centers offer free condoms. Drop in any time during open hours for a dozen free condoms, no waiting! Info about the correct use of a condom is included in each bag
Your Right to Privacy
Oregon law gives all minors the right to confidential birth control information and services, as well as testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV without parental consent. If you would like to read the official wording of the law, click here.
We are required by law to keep all of your records COMPLETELY CONFIDENTIAL. During your visit, we will ask you if its okay for us to call you if we need to communicate with you about test results or any other follow-up information. If its not okay for Planned Parenthood to call you, we will work out another way of contacting you that maintains your privacy.
Even though your parents consent isnt required for you to get supplies and services, we always encourage young people to talk to their parents or another trusted adult. Check out our ideas for getting the conversation started, if that's something you want to do.
Your Pelvic Exam
In most cases, you do not need to get a pelvic exam to get birth control. (At our Medford and Grants Pass clinics, a pelvic exam is required within six months of starting birth control.) However, teens who are sexually active and women over age 21 (even if they are not sexually active) should get regular pelvic exams.
The first part of the appointment will be a talk with your clinician. They'll ask about your medical history and sexual activity, and you'll have a chance to ask about birth control and any concerns you might have. It's important to tell them if you've been sexually active, pregnant, or have had any sexually transmitted infections, so that they can give you the right kind of examination for your particular health needs.
For your health and safety, its also very important to completely and honestly answer all the questions on the health history form, because this will help determine the type of birth control recommended.
During a pelvic exam, a swab is used to take some cells from your cervix. These cells will be tested (the Pap test) to make sure that no unhealthy cells are present. The clinician will also insert a finger in the vagina to feel the uterus and ovaries to make sure everything is healthy while checking for any signs of infection.