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spiderman88
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I heard you can only get birth control pills at a certain age. But im 15 and i want some because im sexually active. How can i get some birth control pills by myself without me telling my parents or an adult to.

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Heather
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You don't need to be a certain age. What you need is a prescription for a healthcare provider, who can also help you determine if the pill is a right choice of a method for you.

You can have that health visit -- and, if the pill does wind up being the method you want, and one that's a good fit with your health history, get that prescription -- with an OB/GYN, your general physician or a sexual healthcare clinic.

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But dont i need an adult permission? How do i get the pills without my parents finding out?

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Some states have some laws that require that, but Minnesota is not one of them. In Minnesota -- and most states in the U.S. -- as a minor you have a right to sexual health services, including contraception, and privacy in getting those services.

So, you have a couple options. If you don't want your visit or your pills to wind up on your family's insurance statements, you'll need to pay for them yourself. You can check out your local Planned Parenthood or any other sexual health clinics (there are some good ones in MN, like: http://www.teenhealth411.org/) if you need a sliding scale, based on your income. Through clinics like those, you can usually get both the healthcare needed and methods of birth control at a low cost.

I'd add, though, that if you're sexually active, parents do tend to eventually find out. And when they find out on their own, they tend to react far worse than they would when a teen tells them honestly and directly. So, unless you feel disclosing sex to your parents would put your health or life in danger (in which case it's probably not so smart to be having sex right now), you might also want to consider talking to your parents about sex and birth control, especially if you find you can't afford these things on your own, and plan to continue to have sex without important basics like contraception and testing for STIs.

[ 07-07-2009, 07:53 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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