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Basically my boyfriend and I want to make sure 'nothing happens' so, he's already wearing a condom, but we think maybe I should go on the pill? But I'm only 16, and all doctor appointments I go to, my mom comes along. If she found out I was sexually active, she'd flip. My other problem, is I don't really want to go to that doctor for birth control pills. Like I said, I go to these appointments with her, and I feel it would just be awkward for me and the doctor to know I'm sexually active, and my mom would be clueless. Then again, I also worry she might find out, even though there's that whole doctor-patient confidentiality thing. I'm just wondering, is there a place I can go that would supply them? I don't mind paying for them, I'd just like to know where can I get them other than a doctors office? Would they be available to the public somewhere? I live in a small town, and the closest thing is a small city that doesn't have those 'walk in clinics' or stuff like that.
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Do you like and feel comfortable with this doctor? If you do, one possible option is for you to continue with this doctor without your mom going to appointments any more. If a parent or guardian is going to medical appointments, that should be your choice and about supporting you, not an automatic thing and not necessary for your medical care. How do you feel about that? You can also discuss confidentiality with the doctor before moving forward and discussing anything else.

Are there any family planning or contraception or young people's clinics near you? These kinds of clinics are not necessarily walk-in. Do you need any help finding or assessing those services?

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No, I don't feel comfortable talking to my regular doctor about this, and wish to get them on my own, if I can? Are they only available at clinics? Or are they at a pharmacy as well? And as far as I know they aren't clinics in the small city I live near.
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Well, you get a prescription for birth control pills from a doctor, and then you get than at the pharmacy, each month, or every few months, depending.

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