That’s awful! I’m sorry to hear that. It is true that most affiliate CEOs are more concerned with keeping their facility open despite funding cuts. To avoid the call center, going to your Planned Parenthood is obviously the only other available option, but with traveling costs and availability that’s not always easy. Hopefully they’ll be able to address this issue as soon as possible, seeing as easy access to information is a huge part of the PP mission.
I don’t believe there are therapists on staff, but there are positions as clinic escorts, abortion doulas, and hand-holders in some PP clinics. Obtaining a career with Planned Parenthood can also be tricky because they must be diligent with accepting people who are fully qualified and trustworthy, and since funding has been cut for a lot of affiliations, some positions (such as education directors, volunteer advisers, etc) have been cut as a result. If you are interested however, contacting your nearest Planned Parenthood about volunteer opportunities is a great way to get your foot in the door and meet the right people, especially if you have or are pursuing the necessary education and experience.
Is there another PP facility near your area that you could go to instead? If not, you are well within reason to report issues to someone within your affiliate. Planned Parenthood aims to provide services with patience and sensitivity, and if they are failing to achieve this by rerouting you instead of letting your talk to an actual employee then it should be addressed. Patients should never be made to feel like an inconvenience. I’m sorry this has been your experience, but I can promise that in general this is not the case with this organization. Let me know if you need help contacting someone!
When in doubt, call your local location. I promise they are some of the nicest and most helpful people you will find in the healthcare business. Never be afraid to tell them everything because they are there to help you anyway they can. Mine even helped me find free clinics for non-gynecological care (I have stomach problems). They will support you in any choices you make and never judge you.
And if you are ever afraid or need help getting them let them know. They can find you a ride and of course, you are welcome to bring a friend or family member to be by your side. The whole care experience is about YOU and your care.
I think this is the same anon I just answered, but yes, you can receive birth control without parental permission. If you are under 18, it is possible for you to receive it at low to no cost, but you will have to check with your nearest Planned Parenthood.
Yes, you can receive birth control without parental permission at any Planned Parenthood.
Off to work! Still accepting secrets. I’ll divvy them out at a reasonable pace once I return. I appreciate all of your secrets and your support!
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At the risk of sounding super weird, I definitely creep on FYPP followers. I’ve followed several of you via my personal blog, too.
Pricing of services differs between each facility, so anyone interested in receiving birth control from Planned Parenthood should contact their nearest facility and ask about prices. :)
Honestly, it’s so nauseating at the PRICE of birth control.
I don’t currently have insurance, I’m 19 years old, and I already have a 2 year old son, so having any more kid’s is as the bottom of my to-do list right now. I’m not sure why, but the added hormones from pills & nuvaring are absolutely terrible for me. They make me really emotional, and almost bipolar, so I decided on paraguard. It’s the only hormone-free birth control on the market, and it lasts for 12 years, what could be better? So I made my way to my gyno & we discussed it, until she told me it would be $1,000. I’m in a completely monogamous relationship with the father of my son, & we don’t like using condoms, so our next alternative is me going on birth control, but I can’t even afford it,& a majority of insurances don’t even cover it. Sure, there are so many forms of contraception, but I’ve seriously tried them all, including pills that were consider “low-dose”. I’m physically limited to the birth control I can take, but there’s still no way I’m able to be put on it. I think it would make sense for insurances to cover ALL forms of birth control, since ya know, it’d be a hell of a lot cheaper than women having 12 kid’s, and more wellfare checks being handed out.