Do I need my parents’ permission to get birth control?

Do I need my parents’ permission to get birth control? If not, how would I go about obtaining it?

Parental permission is not always needed for prescription methods of birth control like the contraceptive pill; however, there may be certain locations where a health care provider will require parental permission. You can check with your current doctor about his or her policy.

If you live in the United States, Planned Parenthood is another option that is open to you. Planned Parenthood offers a number of resources for male and female reproductive health and will provide you with reliable information about your choices regarding contraception. Planned Parenthood’s policy is to protect client confidentiality, so you would not need to worry about your parents finding out about your birth control prescription. In fact, if they ever need to contact you, your Planned Parenthood doctor can call your mobile or home phone and assume the identity of a friend! Planned Parenthood has great healthcare providers that can administer any tests that you may need and they can provide you with birth control pills for free or at a relatively inexpensive price.

Remember that although birth control pills can be 99.7% effective at preventing pregnancy, they do not protect against the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). We highly recommend using latex condoms in conjunction with a hormonal form of contraception to strengthen your protection against sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy. Please also know that the age to purchase emergency contraception (Plan B or the “morning-after pill”) has been lowered to fifteen years, so you also have access to emergency contraception with a valid form of identification.