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Frequently Asked Questions

What health services does Planned Parenthood of Michigan provide?
  • services for women, men, and teens
  • comprehensive wellness exams
  • affordable birth control methods and education
  • emergency contraception
  • pregnancy testing and options information/referrals
  • abortion care (medication and surgical)
  • cancer screening: breast, cervical (Pap tests & colposcopy), and testicular
  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs; or STDs, sexually transmitted diseases)
  • HPV vaccination for women and men ages 15 to 45
  • anonymous and confidential Rapid HIV testing with results in 20 minutes, HIV/AIDS education, treatment referrals
  • PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), a medication regimen to help prevent HIV for individuals with high risk of exposure.
  • PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis), a series of pills that reduces your chances of getting HIV if you start taking it within 72 hours after exposure to HIV. 
  • midlife services including evaluation for hormone therapy
  • treatment of genito-urinary infections, incontinence, and pelvic floor disorders

Visit our health center listing for a full list of services available at each health center or use the Find Care Near You search above for availability of a specific service.

Where are PPMI health centers located?

Our health centers are located throughout Michigan (see list). To find the health center or specific services nearest you, use the Find Care Near You search feature above or call 800-230-7526 (PLAN).

Can I get health care without visiting a health center?

PPMI now offers two options to get select health care services from home:

How effective is birth control?

Effectiveness rates of various birth control methods vary greatly. To learn more about the various methods, click the links for each method listed on this birth control page. You can also take our "My Method" quiz to get recommendations on the best methods for your lifestyle.

Do I need an appointment or an exam to get a method of birth control?

If you want a hormonal method, you will need an appointment to get a prescription. In some cases, you may elect not to get a physical exam, but these exams are highly recommended!

What about condoms?

Male condoms are available at all of our health centers. They are either free or sold at a very low cost. Condoms are highly recommended to prevent many sexually transmitted infections, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea, and HIV. Always use a condom if you or your partner has other sex partners.

What about Emergency Contraception?

Emergency contraception (EC) must be taken as soon as possible to be most effective, but it can be used within five days of unprotected sex. You can pick up EC over the counter at any Planned Parenthood health center. We also offer other methods of emergency contraception. Search above for a health center near you or call 800-230-7526 to learn more.

Most pharmacies offer emergency contraception over the counter as well.

Who are PPMI's health care providers?

Most of the clinicians who do exams and counseling in our health centers are nurse practitioners or nurse midwives. Both of these are considered Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs). APNs are Registered Nurses (RNs) who return to school to gain additional knowledge in the area of women's health care. They have to take a certification exam and are then licensed by the State of Michigan as a nurse practitioner or nurse midwife. Our APNs work in collaboration with our Medical Director who is a physician. If you want to see a particular APN or physician, just tell the appointment secretary.

Who are PPMI's clients?

PPMI serves women, men, and teens of all ages. You may be surprised to learn that one in five women has turned to Planned Parenthood at some time in her life for professional, non-judgmental, and confidential care. We work with clients of all income levels to make their care affordable; and we support and welcome clients regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or biological sex.

What do I need to know before my visit?

Please prepare for your appointment by familiarizing yourself with the following information about your family planning options, the various methods of birth control that are available, and your privacy rights.

What do I need to DO before my visit?

You may need to follow instructions to prepare for certain procedures at our health centers. Get instructions for your visit here.

What about my privacy?

PPMI is committed to advocating for the well being of, and protecting the safety of, all of our clients. Our pledge to protect your privacy and maintain confidentiality of all of your health information is backed up by federal law in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Under Michigan law, all people, including minors, have access to confidential reproductive health care services and birth control. PPMI complies with all laws regarding mandatory reporting of child abuse or suspected criminal sexual conduct. We always protect your confidentiality and will communicate with you any concerns we have as we fulfill our reporting obligations.

What are my payment options?

Payment is expected at the time of your visit. We accept:

  • cash, check, or money order
  • credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card
  • health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA)
  • insurance: Medicaid; Healthy Michigan Plan; most private health insurance plans, including Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Cofinity/Aetna, Consumers Mutual, McLaren, Meridian, Priority Health, United, and the U.P. Health Plan. Check with your plan to see what coverage you have for our services. Remember to bring to your appointment your proof of insurance, Medicaid, or Healthy Michigan Plan.

PPMI has payment plans available at some health centers, allowing you to pay for your services over a period of time; however, a down payment is still required at your visit. If you have a payment plan at a participating health center, you can use our online payment option to make payments.

If you are uninsured or your insurance does not cover our services, we can help you determine whether you qualify for other payment assistance.

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