Below are some of the questions we are asked most often about sexual health, birth control, relationships and our policies.
How do I make an appointment?
To schedule an appointment at PPHP, call 800-230-PLAN (7526). You can request an appointment online through the Convenient Online Appointment Requestor.
What should I talk to PPHP about?
We hope you will come to us if you:
- Think you may be pregnant
- Need birth control
- Need emergency contraception (the morning-after pill, “Plan B”)
- Think you might have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)/HIV or just want to know your status
- Need information about alcohol, tobacco, or other drug use
- Are being hurt by someone
- Want to talk about personal, school, or family issues
- Want to discuss your feelings about sex and sexuality
We encourage you to discuss your sensitive health care issues with our clinicians, nurses, and educators.
What if I do not want my parents to know about the care I received from PPHP?
PPHP does not require your parents’ permission nor do we notify them of your visit. We are respectful of your privacy, abiding by New York State law, which allows teenagers to confidentially consent to their own reproductive health care and family planning services.
How do I pay for health care?
As a teenager, you may be eligible for FREE birth control, STD testing, and exams. For information on these services, please click on the Free Birth Control, STD Testing, and Exams link in the “For Patients” section. We remind you that you do not need to receive your parents’ permission to use our services. You are also not required to submit your parents’ income when applying for most public insurance or when seeking financial assistance for family planning and reproductive health care.
We have staff who will work with you to find out if you qualify to receive free health services. We respect your rights and will keep your application confidential. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]
What should I bring with me to my visit at PPHP?
Ideally, we ask for our teenage patients to bring a license, permit, or state ID. A school or college photo ID is also acceptable. If a patient does not have an ID, then he or she can provide us with his or her high school photo or class attendance sheet. Even though we request that our patients bring insurance cards, we are able to accommodate those without them.
Teenagers who do not have insurance cards need to prove their citizenship, identity, and residency. In doing so, teenage patients should bring supporting documents to their appointment. A U.S. Passport/card establishes both citizenship and identity while a U.S. birth certificate establishes citizenship but also requires an identity document. The documents that establish identity are state ID or license, school ID with photo, or employment authorization card (working papers). In order to demonstrate proof of residency, if residency differs from ID, we need to see a copy of mail (mailed within the last 6 months, must be post dated and in envelope). Students can also show us their report card or class schedule.
We remind our patients that they should come in with their full social security number.
How do I know if I have a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
You will know if you have an STD if you observe anything “unusual,” such as bumps, scarring, rashes, itching, pain during urination, or unusual discharge. However, most STDs are asymptomatic, which means that there are no apparent symptoms.
What are the types of birth control available?
There are three categories of birth control: behavioral, barriers, and hormonal.
Behavior: Abstinence, which is a choice someone makes to avoid oral, vaginal, and anal sex, is the only 100% guarantee of pregnancy prevention. Practicing abstinence can start or end at any point in an individual’s life or relationship. People who have already had sex can still practice abstinence.
Barriers: Male condoms, female condoms, some Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
Hormonal: The pill, Ortho Evra (the Patch), Nuva Ring, Depo Provera (the shot), Nexplanon (the implant), some Intrauterine Devices (IUDs).
Learn more about these forms of birth control. How does hormonal birth control work in a woman’s body? Hormonal birth control works by preventing ovulation (the release of an egg during the monthly cycle), thickening the mucus around the cervix (making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus and reach any eggs that have been released), and sometimes affecting the actual lining of the uterus (making it difficult for an egg to attach to the wall of the uterus).
What is LARC and is it recommended?
LARC is an acronym for Long-Acting Reversible Contraception and is one of the most effective methods of birth control. LARCs don’t require you to remember to take a pill, change a patch or ring, or get a shot. LARCs serve for an extended period of time and include IUD’s and implants. LARCS do not, however, prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and should be used with male or female condoms to reduce the risk of potential infection.
What is the “morning after” pill?
The morning-after pill (emergency contraception) is a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is a form of birth control and is NOT the same as the abortion pill. The morning-after pill prevents pregnancy by keeping a woman’s ovaries from releasing eggs and can be started up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse. Read more.
What qualifies as an unhealthy relationship?
Often, unhealthy relationships are intertwined with abuse. We define abuse as the use of power in an attempt to control a partner. Abusive relationships can be physical and/or emotional and can consist of any of the following characteristics: jealousy, lack of trust, lack of respect for a partner’s right to privacy, one partner obeying the other partner because of fear, physical violence (hitting, kicking, stabbing, punching, biting, pushing, burning), stalking, sexual abuse or harassment (forcing someone to have sex, touching someone in ways he or she does not like, and not respecting someone’s physical space).
Determine whether you are involved in a healthy relationship.