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Confidential Teen Services

WE'RE ALL ABOUT ACCESS FOR TEENS

Free Condoms
Your Right to Privacy
Teen Clinic
Your Pelvic Exam

Free Condoms
All of our health centers offer free condoms to teens. Drop in any time during clinic hours, and you can pick up a dozen free condoms at the counter – no waiting! A brochure on 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 – all without parental consent. If you’d 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 it’s okay for us to call you if we need to communicate with you about test results or any other follow-up information. If it’s 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 isn’t 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.

Teen Clinic
Teens are welcome at any of our Planned Parenthood clinics, at any time. Feel free to walk in or make an appointment at any of our locations. To give teens a special place and time, we also offer a Teen Clinic at our Springfield location. A nurse practitioner who specializes in teens is available at this site.

Your Pelvic Exam
In most cases, you do not need to get a pelvic exam to get birth control.* However, teens who are sexually active and women over age 18 — even if they are not sexually active — should get regular pelvic exams. Planned Parenthood recommends that women have a pelvic exam every year to check for sexually transmitted infections.

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 contraceptives 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, it’s 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 the 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.

Read more about what to expect during a full annual exam and how to schedule it, or visit teenwire.com for informative diagrams of the female reproductive system.


*At our Medford and Grants Pass clinics, a pelvic exam is required within six months of starting birth control.

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