Ask the Health Educator: Question About Birth Control Pills for Menstrual Cycle

Question from June 14, 2012:

Hello! I wanted to come to teen matters to get birth control pills for my menstrual cycle, and I wanted to know if I would be asked if I were sexually active or not. Thank you!

Answer:

As a part of the sexual health history, patients are typically asked about their sexual activity. However, all conversations and services at Teen Matters are confidential.

A lot of young people worry that we will tell their parents that they have visited Teen Matters or used our services. It is against state law for us to inform parents that you’ve visited Teen Matters or used our services unless you give us written permission.
Although parents are welcome at our clinics and we encourage parental involvement, we know that not every young person feels safe or comfortable talking to his or her parents. We always respect the privacy of our patients, and we don’t share your information with anyone without your permission.

We hope to see you in our clinic soon!

Ask the Health Educator: Question About Services

Question from June 13, 2012:

Do yall do abortions?

Answer:

Teen Matters clinics provide confidential health services for youth ages 11 to 19 in a teen-friendly environment. We have five locations in four counties (two in Athens, one in Danielsville, one in Jefferson, one in Elberton), plus a related clinic called ACES in Monroe, Georgia.

Services provided include: access to free condoms and other forms of birth control (birth control pills, Depo-Provera shot, Nuva ring, Plan B emergency contraception), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV tests, pregnancy tests, pap smears, immunizations (including the HPV/cervical cancer prevention shot), relationship advice, nutrition and exercise advice, help with decision-making, and abstinence education.

If you have additional questions please ask. Thank you.