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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 health center hours , and you can pick up a dozen free condoms at the counter Ė 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 Ė all without parental consent. If youíd 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 itís okay for us to call you if we need to communicate with you about test results or any other follow-up information. If itís not okay for Planned Parenthood to call you, we will work out another way of contacting you that maintains your privacy.
 
Even though your parentsí consent isnít 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 make an appointment at any of our locations by calling 541-344-9411 or 800-230-PLAN.  Walk in services are available at our Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass, Cottage Grove and Florence Health Centers.  At our Eugene-Springfield and West Eugene locations, call 541-344-9411 or 800-230-PLAN to reserve a time for your visit.

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 ó even if they are not sexually active ó 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 youíll 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, itís 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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