I’m 15 years old and my boyfriend and I had sex. We’re deciding that we might continue to have sex…

…but I’m afraid of getting pregnant. Do I need a parent to come with me to get an appointment?

This is a great question!

If you are having the type of sex where pregnancy is possible and you don’t want a pregnancy to happen, it’s a great idea to get on a birth control method. Teen Clinic offers a variety of different birth control methods. Click here to see a list of what we offer.

To answer your question, 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.

Call us at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment or ask any additional questions!