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punkcoookies
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ok! i know i posted sometihng similar to this recently, but i didn't get what i wanted..... i want to know what they do to perscribe a birth controll pill to you....... what is the process?

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Tel'kella
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When I got the Pill, the doctor just did a routine physical exam, double-checked the medications I was already on (to make sure there wouldn't be a conflict), and looked at my medical history to see what I'd benefit from the most. I also had some blood work done, since I'm on it partly for medical reasons; if you just want it for birth control, the odds are that you won't need that.

It's not a long process, and there's nothing painful or invasive


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ErinK
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Just to add to what Tel'kella said; sometimes doctors will also want to do a Pap smear and a physical examination of your genitalia, just to make sure that things are normal and healthy.

And it's important to continue having regular doctor visits and Pap smears while you are on the Pill, in order to make sure that there aren't any complications.

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punkcoookies
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how often would i need a pap smear? and does a routine check up just include weight and height and pee sample? or are you talking bout an adult regular check up? also, even though my mom recommended birth control, i dont think i would want her to know, would planned parenthood let me get the birth control i need for really cheap?

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Generally speaking, pap smears are a once a year deal (keep in mind though that you should go get STD screens at least twice a year too). A routine check up is basically whatever your doctor normally does when you have a full check up. Planned Parenthood clinics all deal with birth control differently...some have an overall low price, others operate on a sliding scale. You should call your local clinic and inquire about what their policy is.

And give your mom a little credit. If she has encouraged you to consider the pill, don't you think that means she's ready to deal with you actually taking it? Try talking to her about it and the fact that you want it...sometimes it can suprise you exactly how cool and understanding parents can be!

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yeah.... i've decided to talk to my mom, but i dont know if i want to go with her or have my friends take me...... i know my mom would understand if i didnt want to go with her though.... i still have to call PP and see how much the cost is though. thanx for the help....... one more question..... for ALL STD tests, do you need blood? can you use that same blood for all the tests?

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They'll draw a certain amount of blood each time you go in for testing(generally just one or two tubes, in my experience) and run all the tests from those tubes. This fabulous article goes through the STD testing procedure.

And great for deciding to talk to your mom! That really is fabulous. Take whoever you want to with you to your appointment, whatever makes you the most comfortable.

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