If you are a teenager that is trying to get birth control, you might encounter some resistance from your parents. This can be frustrating to you because it is possibly putting your sexual health in danger and is keeping you from regulating your periods and your hormones. Here are some tips for getting birth control as a teen.
1. Go to the Gynecologist With Your Parents
The first thing that you need to do is get an appointment with a doctor that is able to prescribe you birth control. Talk to your gynecologist alone about the possibility of you becoming sexually active, any issues that you have with your period (such as severe cramping, depression, and mood swings), and your general desire to regulate your own body. Your doctor will prescribe a type of birth control that is right for you.
If you think that your parents would be swayed by the arguments of a doctor for birth control, specifically if you tell the gynecologist to emphasize the non-sex related reasons why you need it, then have your doctor call your parents into the room and have him or her talk to them. This could make it easier for you to convince your parents of the necessities of birth control so that you don't have to go through the stress of hiding it from them.
2. Go to the Gynecologist or a Clinic Without Your Parents
If there is no reason for you to believe that your parents would be willing to listen to a gynecologist and if they certainly will not listen to you about the necessity of birth control, then you will need to take matters into your own hands. Make an appointment with your gynecologist or a walk-in clinic and ask for a birth control prescription. They might need to give you a pap smear or run other early detection tests on you, but they cannot tell your parents that you were there. They also cannot send the prescription to your parents or ask for their permission. Once you have the prescription, get it filled at a pharmacy that your parents never go to. Your pharmacy and insurance company cannot tell your parents about the birth control either.
Keep in mind that birth control can only prevent pregnancy if it is taken correctly and is never able to prevent sexually transmitted diseases. Talk to a gynecologist, such as those found at Naples OBGYN, for more information.