…… My parents are not aware. I am 16 and I would like to start birth control. But I do not work. What would you recommend and how much would it be?
Great job thinking about your sexual health!
It is important to know that in the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access any sexual healthcare without the consent or notification of their parents. That means they can start a birth control method, get tested for STIs, or get any other sexual healthcare without their parents being involved at all. In fact, it’s illegal for clinics to share sexual health information with parents (or anyone else!) without an individual’s permission.
With that being said, Teen Clinic encourages teens to have a trusted adult in their life that they can talk to about their sexual health- whether it be a parent, a teacher, a coach, or an aunt or uncle. But we also understand that teens might not have someone they can talk to. That’s why Teen Clinic offers a safe and confidential space for teens to get the information and/or care that they might need. Many teens bring their parent or guardian with them to their appointment, but it is not required!
In terms of cost, if someone is not using insurance, Teen Clinic charges are based on a sliding scale. For example:
If you are 17 and under:
- You can receive services on a free or donation basis! Donations are not required, but greatly appreciated.
If you are 18 or 19:
- You can receive services for free or at a low-cost. Some services will slide down to $0, or donation basis, but some services might be $5-50 based on your income.
This includes all birth control!
Teen Clinic also accepts insurance, but it is not required. Make sure you talk with the person scheduling your appointment about payment options!
You can always give us a call at Teen Clinic if you have any questions. 303-442-5160.