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crustpunk
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I'm 17 years old and have been having sex with my boyfriend for about 9 months. I know this is REALLY bad, but we have been having unprotected sex for about 7 months, the only method we use now is the "pull out" method. I know that's really stupid. Anyways, I want to get on the pill. So my two questions are:

1- Is there a way I can get on the pill without my mom knowing? She's said before she'd take me to the doctor for it...but I'd rather be able to do it on my own if possible. I'm kind of uncomfortable with the idea of her knowing I'm sexually active. I recently got my first job, so I can pay for it and everything, although I know it would most likely be cheaper with her insurance.

2- Also, I smoke cigarettes. I smoke almost a pack a day. My mom knows this, and has told me before smoking can increase health problems when on the pill, I've also read that elsewhere. I was just wondering how dangerous it is to be on the Pill and smoke and what can possibly happen, and if other ways (the patch, shots, etc) can also be as or more dangerous.

I'm just really worried about being on the pill and smoking and having it cause health problems and such.

Thanks in advance and I just wanted to add to this site has been very helpful, I'm glad I found it.


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ErinK
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You can get the pill on a sliding fee scale from clinics like Planned Parenthood, but in all honesty, if your mom is offering, I'd take her up on the offer. It might be awkward, but it'd be even more awkward if she found out later.

Hormonal birth control combined with smoking is most dangerous in women over 35, but it does increase risk in younger women as well for heart attack, stroke, and blood clots in the legs, which can travel to the lungs. Many doctors will advise patients to either quit smoking or seriously cut down on smoking before taking the Pill or using other forms of hormonal birth control. You'll want to talk to the person prescribing you the pill about your risks, and get as much information as possible before making a decision.


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