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Options For Birth Control Without My Parents Knowing?

Published: August 05, 2013
Dear Options For Birth Control Without My Parents Knowing?,
I live in New Jersey and want to know what my options are for being able to get birth control without my parents knowing about it.

Dear Options For Birth Control Without My Parents Knowing?,

If you are thinking of becoming sexually active, TeenHealthFX recommends you make sure you are truly ready. Talk to a trust adult and read the following so you can get a better sense of whether or not you are truly ready for this big step:

If you decide you are ready to be sexually active, it is important to make sure you protect yourself from unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs. Generally it is recommended that teens use condoms as a well as a back-up method of birth control to help protect against these things. Your doctor can discuss with you the most effective methods of birth control for you.

As far as teens knowing their options for getting birth control confidentially, Sex, etc. has a great feature on their website called Sex in the States. By clicking on a state you can get information for that state for teens on sex education rights, age of consent, age of minority, LGBTQ rights, HIV/AIDS testing, condoms, birth control, abortion rights, pregnancy, emergency contraception, and sexting.

Sex, etc. offers the following information on birth control for New Jersey:

In New Jersey, a minor can get a prescription for birth control without parent’s permission, if:

  • is married
  • is pregnant or has ever been pregnant

All other minors have to get their parent’s permission to receive birth control

If you go to a Title X clinic, your appointment will be completely confidential, including your billing and your records.

Title X clinics provide sexual and reproductive health care to the public (girls, boys, teens and adults). Title X clinics offer many services, including prescriptions for the Pill, pregnancy option counseling, and testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

These clinics charge on a sliding-scale fee basis, and you can pay in cash. If you pay for your visit by using your family’s health insurance, then your parents are likely to see the bill when it arrives in the mail.

To make sure your visit is confidential, tell the clinic staff how to contact you about test results and future appointments without your parents knowing.

Find a Title X clinic near you here or call 1-800-230-PLAN (7526) for the nearest Planned Parenthood Health Center.

If you go to a private doctor or physician, then you need to ask them about their confidentiality rules when you are making the appointment. Ask them when you call:

  • Can I get services at your office without my parents’ permission?
  • Can my parent/s have access to my records?
  • Will my parent/s see the bill?

It is your right to get sexual and reproductive health care where you feel safe and comfortable, so don’t worry about asking these questions if these questions are important to you.

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