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snarky
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about a hemmorhoid and a possible vaginal infection (my discharge has been kind of funky...)

i told my mom and she yelled at me. like, full on yelled at me. she says she needs to pay the bills and that i "just went to the doctor." she screamed that our insurance doesn't cover anything. then she asked me why i needed to see the doctor, but i got embarrassed in front of my grandparents and left the room.

what do i do? i'm really worried.
i don't have my license, but i'm sure my sister could drive me somewhere... but how am i going to pay for a doctor's visit? i get so paranoid about my health it's not even funny. especially when it involves my reproductive health.

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Heather
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Thing is, in my book, when you're old enough to be sexually active, you're old enough to also manage the costs of sexual activity and sexual healthcare.

That's a pretty important part of readiness, being able to really carry that kind of full responsibility.

In California, the beauty is that you can get this sort of care for FREE if you're low-income and uninsured, so check it out: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/ofp/Programs/FamPACT/default.htm

If you ARE insured, but still have no income of your own, clinics like Planned Parenthood offer slinding-scales based on your income level.

So sorry you got yelled at. [Frown]

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snarky
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this had nothing to do with my sexual activity. i said "reproductive health care" because it involved my vagina. i've been abstinent for roughly 7 months now.

but yeah, thanks. i'll look into the fam pact.
i'm a bit intimated by all of this, considering i'm only 17 years old. i still don't know how health care and insurance works. how do i get access to this type of information (without a bias / advertisement)? sorry if this is a stupid question.

and yeah, i didn't expect my mom to freak out and was unaware of our small insurance coverage. she's taken me to the doctor plenty of times before. it was when i went to the gyno's office that i was on my own. (however, my sister was with me so she helped me fill out the insurance information and whatnot.)

[ 02-23-2007, 06:27 PM: Message edited by: snarky ]

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Heather
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You have been sexually active, and when that's been the case, that's always part of reproductive issues, even when a person isn't sexually active at the moment. That's why I mentioned that.

In terms of finding out about your insurance, if it's your family insurance, really, the only way to find out about that is to either look into whatever paperwork your family has on your plan or just call your provider and ask.

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