Could I just get it at Teen Clinic? Also, could I get it without my parents knowing?
Really great questions!
It is important to know is 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. Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost and confidential sexual health services.
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!
So if you wanted to start a form of birth control, you would need to have an appointment. You can call and make an appointment to talk about which form of birth control might be best for you! If someone is 17 and under, our services are free. If someone is 18 or 19 our services are likely free or low cost depending on how someone supports themselves.
Give us a call to make an appointment at 303-442-5160!