I am 16 and currently my partner and I have been using male condoms, but we both want to be safe and responsible and have been thinking about other methods of birth control….

After a lot of research I think that the Depo shot may be the best choice for me, but I have to get it on my own. So I was wondering do you need parental consent to get depo shots? And is there anywhere I could receive them that wouldn’t require parental consent?

First of all, great job in taking control of your sexual health!

Teen Clinic recommends that you have at least one trusted adult (like a parent, an older sibling, or a teacher) in your life that you can talk to about your sexual health, but if you don’t have that, you can get the care and help you need right here at Teen Clinic!

In the state of Colorado, the law says that minors have the right to access 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.

If you are under 18, all of our services are completely free! If you are 18 or 19, Teen Clinic will base the cost of your visit on your income or however you are supporting yourself financially. With that being said, many teens’ services will still be free. For others, there may be a small flat cost for your services. While some of our services require payment, the most a teen would ever pay is $50!

You can find out how to make an appointment here, and see our pricing scale here!

Birth control methods are a good idea to think about when you’re considering having sex. It’s important to know though that birth control methods will only help to reduce your risk of unplanned pregnancy, not STI contraction. Condoms and dental dams are an important part of STI prevention!

Teen clinic offers free condoms and dental dams!

Give Teen Clinic a call to get more information about your health and starting on a birth control method! 303-442-5160.