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isabella.the.insomniac
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What are the laws on birth control pills? If you're 16, are you allowed to get them without parental consent? Does it vary state by state, or are the laws, if there any, pretty much the same?
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You can get medical care and medications without parental consent, provided you have a means to pay the costs. Of course, private practices may vary in their policies, so a phone call is always warranted. Planned Parenthood and such clinics work nationwide, and would be in some pretty steep legal trouble if it were illegal to dispense medications to minors. [Smile]

Many states (and California is perhaps the most comprehensive in this regard) have family planning programs especially targeted to teens who desire or need confidentiality.

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isabella.the.insomniac
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Ah, okay. But what if you don't have a Planned Parenthood available around your area? You said some other clinics will keep your info. confidential, but what about a regular doctor's office? Will most of them do the same?

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If you're asking this for you, any provider that accepts Family PACT will keep services and records confidential by program guidelines. This includes select private physicians and health departments, in addition to PP. Confirm they participate with a phone call.

Otherwise, a quick phone call to your own doctor can tell you what their policies are per billing and confidentiality and what they can do for you, there. But one must understand that using a parent's insurance always carries a risk of being discovered, depending on the insurance billing policies. [Smile]

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Okay, thanks a lot. [Smile]

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(Just an FYI for you specifically though, isabella, if this is about you? Since you've reported having very big problems with libido, and also some issues with depression, it would probably not be a good idea for you to use BCPs right now, and it would very likely make one or both of those issues even worse.)

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yeah you can get b/c when your young im 15 and got it

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(Hi there, welcome to Scarleteen!

Only staff and volunteers are permitted to answer questions in the Ask ST area -- users ask here because they don't desire other replies. You can reply in your own threads here to converse with us, and contribute to others' questions freely in all other areas. Thanks! [Smile] )

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