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Can Gyno Deny Me Birth Control?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I was wondering if when i go to the gyno can they deny me birth control because i am going for my cramps and would also like it to be extra safe with being sexually active
Signed: Can Gyno Deny Me Birth Control?

Dear Can Gyno Deny Me Birth Control?,

 

If you are experiencing severe cramps related to your period and are in need of birth control so that you can practice safer sex, your gynecologist is there to be helpful to you. Your gynecologist will want to educate you about self-care methods and treatment possibilities related to your period. He/she will also want to educate you about safer sex in terms of preventing unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. Your GYN may talk to you about readiness in terms of being sexually active (emotional readiness and being responsible for your health), will want you to understand that abstinence in the only way to 100% prevent unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, and will probably inform you that condoms along with a back-up method of birth control, such as the pill, is the best way to practice safer sex.

As for your GYN denying you birth control, FX can only imagine this in a few situations:

·         If there is something in your medical history that makes something like the birth control pill a risk for you, your GYN may not want to prescribe it for you. However, in that event he/she would discuss alternate options with you.

·         Generally parental permission is not needed for the prescription of birth control pills, however, there are some gynecologists out there who do require it. If your GYN is one who requires parental permission and you feel your parents would not give their consent, then your GYN may be unwilling to prescribe for you. However, you could always try another GYN or go to a Planned Parenthood clinic in that kind of situation.

·         If you are very young. If an 11 year old asks their doctor for birth control, FX can’t imagine that a GYN would just hand over a prescription, but would rather find out what is going on in terms of why this 11 year old is sexually active and the best way to intervene in terms of the child’s physical and emotional well-being.

If your concern about being denied birth control is that you would like to do this confidentially, then please read the answer to Want To Be On The Pill, But My Mom Would Kill Me.

If you are experiencing severe cramps and would like to be on birth control because you are sexually active, FX suggests that you speak to one or both of your parents about this so that they can be helpful to you in addressing these issues and ensure that you meet with a gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist to address these concerns further. If, for some reason, you do not feel you can speak to your parents, do talk to your GYN. Start by asking what your GYN’s policy is on confidentiality when it comes to treating teens and whether or not parental permission is needed for certain treatments and prescriptions.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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