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I AM in Control.org Iowa Adolescents Making Choices to Control Their Future Teen:Health, Relationship, Body and Sexuality
Jul 24

Nothing to Be Scared of: My First Planned Parenthood Visit

Posted By iamincontrol | July 24, 2014

Teen at doctor
By Tess

The first time I visited a Planned Parenthood center, I was 16 years old.  It was very nerve-racking, so I made sure to ask one of my good friends to tag along to support me.  It was very easy to make an appointment: I just picked up my phone.  Once I arrived at the center, I filled out a few forms, which is normal for first time patients.  They were mainly focused on my overall health and any sexual history.  We waited for a short period of time, and then I was called back into the room.  The nurse came in and asked me some questions regarding my forms that I had filled out and took my blood pressure and weight.  I waited for the doctor to come in and perform the examination.  The doctor was very nice and explained to me the process of the examination.  She completed the exam and then explained to me the many types of birth control available and what option she thought would be the best for me.  I chose the birth control pills because I felt that this would be my best option.  The doctor explained to me how to take the pills, when to start them, and the benefits and possible side effects from them.

Other things the Planned Parenthood center had included:

  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  It is a good idea for everyone to get tested.  It may ease your mind if you think you could possibly have one, especially if you have had several partners.  Remember that even if you’ve only had one sexual partner, there’s still a chance you could have an STI and not know it.
  • Treatment for an STI if you have one.
  • Free pregnancy testing.
  • More information.  They have many pamphlets on sexual health that are very informative and I would encourage you all to read through them.
  • Free condoms, which should be used if you are sexually active.  Always remember to use condoms!

These centers are not only for females, which is a common assumption.  They are for males as well.  Males should take advantage of what they have to offer.  After I was finished with my appointment, I thanked my friend for going with me and explained to her that there was absolutely no reason for me to have been scared.  So this is my advice: don’t be scared to go to a center, always be responsible and proactive regarding your sexual health and well-being, and take advantage of all of the resources available to you.

You are in control of your sexual health.