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Dani Rage
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Hey everyone! So, I want to go to the gynecologist, but I don’t want to involve my parents at all. Not because I don’t trust them (I know about doctor confidentiality). Just because I find it very personal and if I was to be diagnosed with anything that would require medication I wouldn’t want to have to talk to them about it or have them pay. I have my own money and can take care of the cost myself.
So the real question is: Can I go to a gynecologist as either anonymous or as an eighteen year old without insurance and pay out of pocket? I live in NYC and I know they have free gynecologist around (hard to find), but I don’t know about the medications. I’ve been tested clean, but I still haven’t had a routine gynecological examination yet. I want to go somewhere off of my parents insurance if possible. Thanks in advance for any help (=

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Heather
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Actually, low-cost or sliding scale reproductive health care in NYC is pretty easy to find. You can get that at any Planned Parenthood clinic in New York, and there are also a pretty generous number of independent clinics.

You just want to look in your phone book under sexual health or women's health, and should be able to find them. They will base your fees -- most will -- on your own income and scale them to that, and your parents would be a non-issue anyway, but they particularly are since you're a legal adult.

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Dani Rage
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Alright, thank you so much.
I'm going to look into it.
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KittenGoddess
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When you call to find out about an appointment, you can also ask about what the cost would be and about how they do the payment stuff. This is a good idea because you'll need to know ahead of time whether they will want whatever payment (if any) you'll need to make up front or if they bill you later or if you can arrange some type of payment plan (if necessary). You'll just want to make sure you know about how that works prior to your appointment so that you're not surprised when you get there. [Smile]

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