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Where can I get birth control pills without a parent finding out?

I am 19 years old and I want to go on birth control for a number of reasons. Lighter periods, fewer cramps, mainly. I don't have sex yet so please don't judge. But I think I'm too old to go to a planned parenthood and because I'm legally an adult, I don't think I'm under my parent's health insurance anymore. Even if I still am under their insurance, would they be able to find out if I were to set up an appointment by myself?


Fact of the matter is I live under my parents roof because they pay for my college. They won't let me have a job because they want me focused on school. I want to go on birth control for many reasons. Sex? Maybe in the future (I am in college now). I cannot pay for my own health insurance and school without a job and without my parents. I just don't want to freak them out by bringing up birth control pills out of nowhere. Especially while living in their house.

Update 2:

Pay for the persciption by myself? How much are they if I were to pay for them by myself? Like I said, I don't have a job. The money I get is from my parents, as pathetic as it sounds.

Update 3:

I had a part time job when I was in high school, but was forced to quit the summer before college. I'm not allowed to have a job until after college. They've actually threatened to stop paying for my schooling if I get a part time job. Thank you for the advice though.

12 Answers

  • MK6
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Since you're old enough...

    Then you're old enough to deal with your own appts.

    Old enough to pay for it yourself.

    Old enough to deal with anybody 'accidently' finding out.

    If you can't / don't deal effectively with the points above, - then maybe you're not mature enough to get bc pills anyway.

    It almost sounds like you want to 'brag' that you're on the pill, without actually 'needing' it.

  • BabyRN
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    You can go to Planned Parenthood as a teenager. In my state (california) a teenager can get birth control and abortions without parental consent.

    You, however, are an adult, you don't need anyone's permission. Anyone can go to Planned Parenthood, my husband went there for his vasectomy and he's in his 40's. I've gotten pap smears there a few times when in between insurance. They sometimes have a sliding scale. You will most likely have to get an exam and a pap smear, then they will prescribe the pill. You can fill the prescription and usually will get 6 months worth at a time. The pill is very affordable. The whole thing, visit, pills and all should be less than $100 and probably around $20 a month for the pills. Let them know you don't have insurance, see if they have sliding scale for students.

    Also if you are a student, don't you have a student health center? They can usually give you an exam and prescribe birth control. Set up your own appt, get your own pills. All health care information is confidential, your parents will not know.

  • 1 decade ago

    You are of legal age so you don't need permission to get them from anywhere but even if you aren't sexually active you are old enough to be seeing a Gyn once a year. You could just tell them it's because of your general health and/or cramps. Lots of people are prescibed birth control pills for the reasons you noted.

    Regardless, you are absolutely not too old to go to Planned Parenthood. Another option could be the Student Health Services at college. Some schools offer a pretty full range of services at a reasonable cost.

    You might still be under their insurance if you are a full time student. My kids are still under mine and can stay on until they are 25 as long as they are in school. They don't need permission to get prescriptions under my plan and the only way I would know if my daughter got birth control pills would be if I had the pharmacy give me a printout of prescriptions at the end of the year for tax purposes - assuming she got them at the pharmacy we usually use. However, I do get a benefit summary for each doctor visit - it wouldn't say if the doctor wrote a prescription, but it would say if there was a charge for a injection of depo.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Number one your 15 so you shouldn't be having sex in the first place but... depending on where you live there may be public clinics and planned parenthood offices that could give you some type of birth control medicines. But if you can't get some and insist on having sex anyway then make sure your partner always wear protection. No matter how much he begs or sweet talks you into not wanting to wear it, always make him wear it. A few minutes of having it on is better than 18 years of raising a child with no money or education.

  • If you go to school then you are most likely still on your parents insurance. They would not know what you went to the doctor for if you didn't tell them when they got the bill. Go to a regular doctor though and tell them you went cause you were sick with an ear infection or something. But when they write out the prescription for birth control pills pay for them on your own and not with their insurance so they will not know.

    You can go to the health department (that is what it is called here) and get on whatever type of birth control free and they cannot give out any info on you even if your parents asked them and a doctor cannot tell either.

    I was 16 when i started having sex and i made the appointment myself, went and got on the depo shot on my own. My mom knew but she was glad that i did cause there is no need in becoming a teenage mom when there are birth control methods out there.

    Why are you scared though, i mean you are 19, why would you care if they knew you were on birth control pills?

    Even if you are having sex (I am not judging) it would only be right to get on birth control if your not wanting to get pregnant right now.

    Get on the birth control shot and you only have to take that every 3 month (12 weeks) so you wouldn't have to take a pill everyday.

    When i was on the shot (For 3 years) i never did once have a period nor did i gain weight or have any types of problems with it. (1-800-230-PLAN)

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  • 1 decade ago

    You can go anywhere to get them. Planned parenthood serves all ages not just underage. Just because you had a gyn. appointment doesn't mean your having sex. You should be starting to get pap tests now anyway, regardless of sexual activity. You should have had a regular exam by 16. Now if your on their insurance they may get a statement showing the prescription costs. Go to your appt. (legally a doctor can NOT share that information with them) but fill the prescription on your own without insurance. Most insurance doesn't pay for birth control pills anyway.

    Don't listen to the person directly above me. He obviously doesn't know the pill is often prescribed to regulate periods, keep them from being so heavy and painful. MANY doctors perscribe them specifically for heavy periods, etc. Especially endometriosis.

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to your local health department. They'll do the exam and give you your birthcontrol there. No pharmacy involved. They even offer Depo, which eliminates your periods altogether.

    Let's say Mom starts to suspect, and decides to call and find out what you've been up too.....She calls the health department to see if you've been there. They'll tell her it's none of her business, and that's that.

    I wasn't near as responsible as you, and I had a little boy 1 1/2 months before I turned 17. When I was nearly 18 I decided to give "dad" (for lack of a better word) the chance to be Dad. My Mother threw a fit and wanted me to get on birth control. Something I'd been refusing to do until that point. However, what she didn't know, is I'd already been. I'd made a bad decision once, I wasn't going to do it again. It's wasn't just my life I was playing with anymore, I had Austin to think about now. Another baby was NOT going to happen, so I took precautions as soon as there was a CHANCE of anything happening. I didn't wait until I wanted to have sex again, I didn't it BEFORE, just to be on the safe side. My Mom called the health department, and asked if I'd been in for birthcontrol. They told her it was none of her business. When she stated that she was my mother, and it was so her business, they repeated that it was NOT her business and hung up the phone! (HA HA HA)

    Go to the HD, no chance of Mom finding out, I promise. And they're always happy to hand out birthcontrol.

    Source(s): Mom of 4
  • Catie
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    First off if i was you i would get a part time job just to have some cash on hand. Second go to your local health department they can give you an exam and the pills for little to nothing due to your work situation. be honest with your parents tell them your periods are rough on you and you want to get on the pill they will probably help you

  • 1 decade ago

    Just about any where. Go to the health department or a family planning office.

  • 1 decade ago

    Go to planned parenthood and explain to them that you have no income they have a program that will give you all you care for free including you birth control.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, you're of legal age.

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