……….I’ve asked my mom to get birth control for my period and she said it’s unhealthy for a 15 year old to take birth control. Is this true? If not can I go by myself to get birth control? How much does it cost? And where do I go?
Great job taking control of your sexual health!
As long as you have seen a medical professional, they have talked to you about your health history and you have discussed what form is best for you, it is perfectly healthy to be on a form of birth control at 15.
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!
What that means is that you can come into Teen Clinic to start a form of birth control, and your parents will not get notified. Our services for people 17 and under are free! So since you are 15, you can get birth control at no cost!
If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic, give us a call! 303-442-5160