Post # 1
I am looking to go to one of their centers to get birth control, I dont have health insurance and I am in need of some sort of protection to not get pregnant. Also my body been acting very strange lately, I have stopped birth control 2 months ago and this month i been getting spotting before my period and it lasted few days and still .? Is this normal? I also been very stressed out, would that be any causes of the spotting ?
Any inputs ? thanks.
Post # 3
I’m not sure where you are at, so I can only speak for Planned Parenthood in general and from ones I’ve been to in specific. You can try to look up sliding fee scale health centers in your area, free clinics (the one near me has an outrageously long wait list unless you meet certain criteria), or check out Planned Parenthood. Overall, the majority of Planned Parenthoods that I have been to or have friends that have been to have been amazing. That said, I will say in my area, if I did not have insurance (I do for the time being) adn wanted reproductive health care, there is a locally owned (and primarily funded through donors, local, and state funding) with only two offices in the area. While that agency is sliding fee scale, if someone is unable to pay, they will accept any payment. The Planned Parenthoods in teh same area (within a mile or so) are legit sliding fee scale – if you can’t pay, you don’t get services. You can call the one in your area and they should be able to talk with you over the phone about how much (approximate) you would pay for a visit to come in – they’ll have you bring proof of income.
Speaking as a sex educator, any time that someone says their body is acting strange, different, etc I suggest that they see a medical professional. I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice. Some women’s bodies spring back very quickly when they quit taking the birth control pill and other’s take a little longer – and this can also depend on what type of birth control pill you were on. Spotting and irregular cycles are normal.. for some women. It’s not normal for others. Also, menstrual periods can be effected by so many things – stress is a huge one, but for some women immune system can also effect it. Or, 2 months off of birth control pills isn’t a huge amount of time, so your menstrual period may also be regulating itself again. My mom is considered peri-menopausal (for only about 5 or so years now… any day now, menopause!!) and she would have a normal period for 5 months, then spot for 2 days another month, then no period, then an uber long one. During that time, she was also under some extreme stress at work.
I highly suggest if you want to prevent pregnancy to take some sort of preventative measure. It all depends on what you want – do you want to be pregnant at some point? If so, when? How has your body been on hormones? Are you okay with taking something every day or do you prefer a method that you don’t have to take daily? Do you prefer barrier method? Are you monogamous?