Birth Control Information and Services FAQs
When dealing with birth control information and local services, it is important to address the frequently asked questions found below:
Are there any side effects with the morning-after pill?
As with many medications and oral contraception products, it is important to consider other medications that are taken at the same time. Therefore you must consult a doctor if you already take a prescription drug. Some side effects that can occur with the morning-after pill are abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, headache, fatigue, breast tenderness, menstrual changes, and even dizziness.
Where can I get free birth control products?
There are community organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which provide free birth control products to individuals under the age of 18, as well as qualifying adults. This includes birth control pills and condoms, as well as plenty of information on sex, pregnancy, and STD prevention. However, you may need to provide proof that you are a resident of the state.
What forms of birth control protect against STDs?
It is important to understand that the pill and other hormonal methods of birth control are not meant to protect against sexually transmitted diseases. These types of birth control can be quite effective for pregnancy prevention, but none are 100% effective. Male and female condoms made from latex are the best preventative measure when it comes to STDs.
If I am under 18, do I need a parent to obtain birth control?
You do not need a parent with you to acquire birth control pills or condoms. People under 18 years of age can acquire birth control products from a local Planned Parenthood clinic.