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Help Others By Sharing Your Story
Some people don’t understand everything that Planned Parenthood does—from providing health care and education to advocating for reproductive rights. But you aren’t some people. Your Planned Parenthood story will show everyone what we are fighting to protect.
At age 17, I was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disorder of the reproductive system that causes pain and carries a risk of infertility. While I could live with the physical pain, the idea that I may be unable to conceive was horrifying. Many years later, newly in graduate school and uninsured, I found myself unable to pay for the birth control that kept my pain at bay and preserved my fertility. A friend suggested I visit Planned Parenthood, and with efficient, caring service, I was able to obtain birth control at a fraction of the pharmacy price, and stay on the plan my doctor had set for me to save my fertility. I am now the proud mother of two amazing kids."
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“My first experience with Planned Parenthood was as a patient at the very health center I work at now. I love working here. I enjoying working with the teens and women of our community by providing them care and someone to talk to that they might now get somewhere else."
"You gave me my first pap smear, no other doctor had ever taken my pain seriously."
"I didn't go to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement, I went to see my doctor."
“My sophomore year of college I went to Planned Parenthood to renew my birth control prescription. I saw an ad at the health center for self breast exams and when I got home I decided to preform one out of curiosity. I found a lump in my breast and immediately was able to go back into Planned Parenthood and have it checked out. Despite my age, they recommended I have further tests done. After it was all said and done, they found that it was just a benign lump but told me I should keep my eye on it as I grow older. Without Planned Parenthood I wouldn't have had such quick access to care that could/can be life threatening."
"As a teenager who received a limited abstinence-only sex education, I turned to Planned Parenthood when I first became sexually active with my long-term boyfriend. It was Planned Parenthood that taught me about my birth control options, about what consensual sex entails, and that my health and well-being mattered most."
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