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runningcircles
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Recently I've been investigating BC more since I have a serious boyfriend, but when I think I'm on the track to something great I hit some sort of road block. I thought today maybe I should use the patch but then the risk of it falling off scares me because I am very active with horses and such and also I don't know that it would be convenient to hide a patch all the time. I'm terrified of needles so don't want to get the shot but I have heard so many times about the pill failing that I'm kind of paranoid. I don't really have a very regular schedule but I could set an alarm on my phone to remember the pill. But then I don't know exactly where to go to get any birth control. The closest Planned Parenthood center is almost an hour away.
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Unless you put the patch somewhere on your body that got a lot of action while riding, it falling off would be unlikely.

But there's no method of BC that doesn't have some kind of potential pitfall. Choosing one (or more) is just a matter of what we find is likely to tick all our boxes the best.

You say you're in Washington: is that Washington state? If so, I may be able to find you somewhere to go -- and even your regular doctor is usually an option, if you have one -- that you can reach.

We can also talk about the methods that right now, sound best to you if you like.

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Sorry for the delay, I do live in Washington state, about an hour from Seattle.

Honestly, I haven't had a regular check-up for about 6 years and I was seen by a paediatrician then. I found that all they did anymore was tell me what preventative vaccines to get and I would just rather take my chances. So I really don't have a clue how to navigate medical resources though I know about insurance and all and that I'm still covered another year by my dad's.

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No worries.

So, first step: is this something where you'd be comfortable using your family insurance, if it covers contraception, or where you'd rather not?

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I am comfortable using my family insurance, I've talked to my mom a little bit about it but she just apparently isn't comfortable really discussing anything. I don't feel the need to hide this from them but I wasn't sure where to turn.
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Okay.

So then you'll want to find out how this works with your family insurance, if you can go see an OB/GYN directly, if this is something you need a referral for from your general physician (or any of the GPs covered by your insurance), or if contraception is something the GPs do within your system.

You can likely just call a number on any of your insurance information to get that kind of information.

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