Planned Parenthood believes that all people have the right to health care. We are the nation’s leading provider for sexual health care. We’re here for you, your family and all your sexual health needs. No matter what. Planned Parenthood’s doors are open to everyone—regardless of insurance status, immigration status, gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. We believe that all people deserve high-quality, affordable health care and accurate sexual health education and information, no matter who they are. As parents, we know that positive, factual communication can help young people make healthier and better-informed decisions related to sexuality. That communication needs to include information about where and how to access sexual health services.
Planned Parenthood has multiple health centers across Massachusetts (including Boston, Worcester, Fitchburg, Marlborough and Springfield) offering convenient hours including evening and Saturday hours (click here for more information). Most of the time, appointments are available within a few days. We also offer walk-in service, based on availability. We provide services in English and Spanish, with interpretation available for other languages.
Our highly trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and health center staff provide a confidential, compassionate environment and take the time to listen to patient needs. Our services include:
- Routine Gynecological Care including pelvic exams, Pap tests, and breast cancer screenings
- Abnormal Pap Test Management including colposcopy and LEEP procedures
- Birth Control Options Counseling including the pill, patch, ring, and shot
- Long Acting Birth Control IUD and implant
- Permanent Birth Control Essure®
- Emergency Contraception to help prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. Options include over-the-counter or prescription-only medications and IUDs.
- Pregnancy Testing, counseling and referrals for adoption and prenatal resources
- Abortion: Medication and surgical abortion
- Testing and Treatment for sexually transmitted infections
- HIV rapid testing and PrEP
- HPV Vaccination: The HPV vaccine protects against types of HPV that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. The vaccine is recommended for all people ages 9-26.
- Free Condoms and lubricant available at every health center
We accept most insurance plans, including MassHealth. For those who do not have insurance or need help paying for health care, we offer a sliding fee scale. To find out if we accept your insurance plan or if you qualify for the sliding scale, please call us at 1.800.258.4448, option #2.
Our Sexual Health Counseling and Referral Hotline is staffed by trained health center staff and volunteers who are available to discuss a wide range of issues including birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy options, sexually transmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of reproductive health. We offer objective information and the support necessary for patients to make personal and private decisions. All calls to the Hotline are anonymous, completely confidential and free. Please call 1.877.686.5772, option #3.
In Massachusetts, minors (under the age of 18) do not require parental/guardian consent for contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing and the diagnosis and treatment of STIs and HIV. However, minors need parental/guardian consent for abortion procedures (a judge can excuse a patient from this requirement), HPV vaccine, or annual/routine preventive care exams.
To request an appointment, please visit www.pplm.org or call us at 1.800.258.4448. Remember, whether you’re a teen or the parent of a teen, we are here to answer sexual health questions, and provide compassionate and confidential sexual health care.
Fun Video Series to Facilitate Family Communication about Sexuality Topics
AMAZE is a collaboration between experts in the field of sex education—Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health—to create an engaging, age-appropriate, online sex education resource for 10-to 14-year-olds. The AMAZE videos provide the answers young people want and need in an accurate and fun format. Topics include Puberty, Identity and Expression, Personal Safety, Healthy Relationships, Pregnancy and Reproduction, and STDs and HIV. Recognizing the critical role parents and educators play in educating young people about their changing bodies, sex and healthy relationships, AMAZE also provides conversation starters, suggested answers to typical questions and website and book resources for parents and educators to use in talking with the young people in their lives. Click on www.amaze.org to watch and learn with your child!
A Useful Resource to Help Follow Your Period
Spot On is the only period tracker that lets a person track both a period and any birth control method that affects it, including the pill, patch, ring, implant, shot, and IUD. The app also makes it easier to manage periods and birth control by providing customized reminders for the method of choice. In addition, it includes fertility predictions for users who aren’t tracking birth control or for users who get off schedule with their method. Plus, the app is filled with Planned Parenthood resources, including information about side effects, how to stay on top of a method, and general sexual and reproductive health. To learn more, visit: https://www.plannedparenthood.org/get-care/spotontracker