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What is Planned Parenthood?

Planned Parenthood Arizona is a nonprofit organization that offers a wide range of reproductive health services. In the community for 80 years, our health centers are comfortable places for honest information and compassionate care. We proudly serve women, men and teens with the following services: life-saving cancer screenings, annual reproductive exams, pregnancy testing, birth control, emergency contraception, vaccinations, testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, abortion care, as well as other basic preventive health care.

Our friendly, experienced medical staff are experts at providing patients with open and honest information to help them make the reproductive decisions that are best for them. We educate our patients so they can be good advocates of their own health care.

What services does Planned Parenthood offer?

We proudly serve women, men and teens with the following services:

  • Reproductive exams
  • Birth control consultations and supplies
  • Testing and treatment for STDs/STIs
  • Cancer screenings
  • Vaccinations
  • Colposcopy
  • In-clinic and medication abortions
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Sexual health patient consultation
  • Basic prevention care
  • Primary care
How old do you have to be to go into Planned Parenthood by yourself to get any type of service? (condoms, pregnancy test, birth control, STD testing, etc.)

Teens do not need parental consent to receive birth control and birth control consultation (including condoms), STD testing, or pregnancy testing. But, we do encourage teens to discuss these important sexual health decisions with their parents.

What is the protocol for minors seeking an abortion?

Find information about minors and Arizona's laws visit our page: Minors & Abortion Law.

Do you have a basic list of fee-for-service costs for things like birth control, exams, vaccines, and abortion services?

Pricing will vary depending on the service, if a patient is covered by insurance, if the patient does not have insurance and is paying out of pocket, etc. 

We accept most major health insurance plans, including Cigna, United, Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Patients paying for their services out-of-pocket, without using funding programs or their insurance, qualify for a discount on most services.

For pricing estimates on specific services, please contact our customer service center at 602.277.7526.

What sex education services does PPAZ provide?

The Sexual Health and Responsible Education Institute (SHARE) offers programming that promotes and embraces sexuality as an essential, lifelong aspect of being human, and empowers individuals to make healthy choices. This holistic and sex positive approach underscores the work that we do and our education program offerings. We are the trusted "go-to" resource for sex education that improves the lives of youth, parents, families, and communities through evidenced-informed, inclusive, up-to-date, and culturally relevant education and training.
Our vision is to create health equity for Arizona youth through improved access to high-quality sexuality education and building supportive family and community connections that encourage holistic health promoting behaviors. The SHARE Institute believes that sexuality education is a human right.

Check out our Education Programs to find out more about our education team’s current offerings!

What is the agency's code of ethics regarding privacy and confidentiality, especially when concerning minors?

At Planned Parenthood Arizona, our patients' health and safety is of paramount importance. As a licensed health care provider, we adhere to HIPAA best practices and fully abide by all of the laws and guidelines set by the state, Arizona Department of Health Services, and licensing board to provide the utmost in confidentiality and privacy, as any other health care provider would. Minors are afforded the same confidentiality as adults; however, if a minor patient discloses to us they have been abused, neglected, or are sexually active within the reportable age range as defined by the ARS, as a health care provider, we are required to report the abuse to the local authorities.

How many people who come to Planned Parenthood have private insurance?

We do serve individuals with private insurance, however the majority of our patients are uninsured or underinsured so therefore they pay for their services out of their own pockets. For this reason, we ensure our pricing is affordable, while providing the highest quality care.

You can see the breakdown of how our patients pay for their services by viewing our annual report. You can find a link to our most recent annual report on the About Us.

Are some services provided more than others?

Yes, more than 90% of the services we provide are preventive health care services (Cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, birth control, etc.).

You can see more about the breakdown of our services by viewing our annual report. You can find a link to our most recent annual report on the home page of our website.

How many abortions does Planned Parenthood Arizona provide each year?

Abortion care accounts for less than ten percent of the services we provide, but it is an important service we provide to the women and families of Arizona. A breakdown of our services can be viewed in our annual report. You can find a link to our most recent annual report on the About Us of our website.

Resource Websites

For more information on sexual health issues, birth control, talking to teens about sex 

For statistics on birth control and abortion by state, nationwide, or globally

For Arizona statistics on Sexually Transmitted Diseases, births or abortion 

For statistics on STDs and other health issues, by state or nationwide 

For more information on the Affordable Care Act and health care reform 

For statistics in Arizona or nationwide on poverty, income, insurance, etc 

For more information on sexuality education best practices 

For information on Title X family planning

For information on health policy and public health education 

For specifics on policy that has affected health in a particular state


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