Birth control

Christene - posted on 02/05/2014 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I am 17 years old. I DON'T have any kids, I don't plan on having any until I am financially stable and married. I'm not saying I wouldn't want one right now, cause trust me I do. But I know I'm not ready and it would be selfish of me to bring in another human being without the right amount of support.
However, I am sexually active and my family does not know. I know that a lot of people will criticize me for this but i understand why.
I really want to get onto birth control just for that extra safety, but I don't know how much it costs on average or if its safe or any of that information, and I honestly am having a lot of trouble figuring that all out.
Can I please get some advice from all of you moms on what your outlook of it or any advice about birth control it's self.
Please and thankyou !! (:

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Sheryle - posted on 02/06/2014

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Do you have medical insurance? Medicaid or Medicare generally pays for Women's health. Have you (been) signed up for the AFCA? Other reply's raise good points. Depending on where you live, birth control can be provided for free. You are 17 and you seem to have a good head on your shoulders. Make it your mission to find out what is available to you in your state, @your county Health Department. It could be as simple as googling "birth control (your county), (Your state). Women MUST take control of their reproductive rights AND protect themselves from STD's. Others besides myself have strongly recommended condoms, don't ignore us, please. I'm sorry that you don't have a mother in your life...consider all of us your moms! We are all hoping that you have all of your dreams answered and that your life is blessed. And none of us want you to have a baby before you are really ready for it. We care.

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condoms. You can get them without a prescription and they give you extra safety that birth control doesn't. Now a days everyone wants the hormonal bc and condoms are forgotten about. You don't have to worry about safety and there is non latex ones. If he isn't willing to wrap it then he isn't worthy of getting the action.

Samantha - posted on 02/06/2014

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http://m.plannedparenthood.org/mt/www.pl...
You can find a location near you!

Also contact your local health department clinic. In my county, they provide birth control to teens free of charge!

Until you get birth control for yourself, be sure you are wearing a condom EVERYTIME! You should always wear a condom as it prevents against STDs.

Best of luck.

Sheryle - posted on 02/05/2014

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You should not be having sex at 17 if you don't want kids, unless you are on birth control. Take it from a 17 year old mother.....me. Like others said, if you have school nurse take advantage of her/him. If not MOST planned parenthood organizations will give you BC and gynecological care. It depends on the state you live in, but you can also go to a doctor without your parents knowing. And yes, gynecological care means having an exam, very personal and private. Get used to it! Any sexually active woman between your age and 70 needs one once a year! And if you have several partners, not only do you need to protect yourself against an unwanted pregnancy, but your partners must protect YOU against STD's by wearing a condom. Each and every time!

Christene - posted on 02/05/2014

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I would go to a school nurse but I do online school, so basically my school nurse is my grandmother! :p and she's not someone that I could to with this kind of thing, and I don't have a mother in my life either. So that's why I came to you mothers (:
I do have a family planning center in my neighborhood. Would you haves by idea about the prices possibly?

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/05/2014

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See...LOL...This is why I wait for Jodi to sign in! Inevitably, she remembers what I forget...

Christene, I'd start with school nurse. She'll have the resources at hand for you, whether its the family planning clinic or whatever is available for your area.

Jodi - posted on 02/05/2014

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In addition to what Shawnn said, I will ask if you have a school nurse? In our school, we have a school nurse who provides this information and can refer you to a clinic that can help you with birth control needs and questions.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 02/05/2014

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Since you're 17, I'd have to say that you've done some thinking here. Good job!

Now, is there a family planning clinic near you? If so, start there. They can help you find the right BC for your needs, as well as helping you get started with it. Depending on where you are, they may or may not want to contact your parents, but I'd think that, at 17, you'd be alright to at least talk to them.

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