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poppyseed
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So I have made an appointment at my local planned parenthood because I'm interested in getting birth control, and this is my first time. They told me that I would need a full examination and I am trying to get pricing from them and they said it ranged from $70-$150 because I told them I would not have any insurance. Is this the customary price range? And this isn't even including the actual birth control pills does it? What can I also expect out of this examination? I'm nervous but I want to get birth control and I'm wondering if I'll have to keep going back to the clinic for check-ups and all of that. Obviously my parents do not know about me getting birth control because they would not approve, but I want to be safe. Please share some advice thank youu
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That is fairly typical pricing for PP in my experience/knowledge. That's also still very inexpensive for a full exam with STI tests anywhere.

However, if you're uninsured in the United States, have you applied for medicare/medicaid? Or looked into your local public health clinics? Because if that isn't affordable for you (and I understand, I haven't had insurance since the 80's), chances are good you may have other, more affordable options. Some states even have specific reproductive health/family planning programs where this care, and birth control, is free.

Per what to expect in your exam, here's a good link to get an overview: Your First Gynecologist Visit.

In terms of going back, ideally what any of us wants to do is get regular sexual health exams around once a year: more often if we switch partners more often than that, less often if we are and remain monogamous (and our partner does, too) and in good health and don't have any problems.

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Oh, yeah I was wondering if the clinic would want me to come back just to check up on me and how the pills are working. I was wondering how the process went like if I got by exam done, we would then discuss what birth control options are right for me and if I choose birth control pills, would they give me a year supply or a month supply?? I guess it all depends on what they offer right? Because if it was a year supply I expect that I wouldn't have to go back to PP until I need a refill. Same, for if it was less.
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Chances are that if you get an exam first, unless you have any problems, you won't need to go back for another year. But not every clinic has the same policies, so that's something to ask about directly.

I also can't know how long a supply of any method they'll give you: that's something else to ask.

You can certainly call in and ask these questions by phone before you go in, if you like.

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I tried asking these questions when I made my appointment on the phone the other day, but the receptionist sounded like she was busy and didn't want to keep answering my questions, so I figured I'd just wait until my appointment and ask there. But, I am reading through some other posts and see that some people are getting birth control pills free from planned parenthood. So, there is a possibility that after my exam (which can be from $70-$150) I might be able to get the pills for free? But if not, I'd have to pay whatever the pills cost plus the additional exam cost?
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I'm sorry the receptionist blew you off: that's not cool.

There is absolutely a possibility. But again, you might also want to look into public health in your state/area, too, as you may be able to get BC and sexual healthcare for even lower costs or for free. If you also don't have any insurance, if you can get into public health that also can give you general healthcare you may need sometimes, too.

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Ah okay I will do some research on that. Part of it is that I have insurance with my parents, but I do not want to use their insurance because they will get billed, so without them I have no insurance. They said that they generate the prices on a sliding scale based on income, but what if I do not currently have a job? I am a college student right now so I am busy with school and I am currently looking to become employed soon hopefully, but I am currently jobless ): I have saved up some money for this though. Oh p.s. do you suppose that they will allow me to pay in cash? sorry for all these questions ! D:
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OH-- also is my boyfriend allowed to come with me and just wait in the waiting area or something because none of my other girlfriends are available.
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last question i promise ! i think! lol but if i get a pap smear during my exam, will i have to wait for the results in order for me to get my birth control pills after my appointment? because i'm going to be back at school and won't be able to make another appointment until i'm back home which won't be for another 3-4 weeks :/
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Again, you're mostly asking about clinic policies here, which vary all over the place from clinic to clinic. So, these are questions to ask this particular clinic.

They SHOULD be willing to answer them for you, so my suggestion would be to call back and be assertive. Don't let them blow you off.

But in general, you should be able to have anyone you want with you in the waiting room of clinics as long as they have ID, paying in cash should not be an issue at all, and you will not usually have to wait for pap results to get hormonal methods, since cervical cancer or other cervical cell issues does not mean someone can't use hormonal methods or is at higher risks with them.

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