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Old 08-19-2005, 09:46 AM   #1
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help me - contraceptives

ummm... hi can i jst know...when i go to a phamacy shd i just ask for THE PILL? or is there a definete name for it? do i neeed a doctors prescripion? or can i just get it over the counter? pl advice me.

 
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:59 AM   #2
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Re: help me - contraceptives

hi
yes you need a prescription from a dr. (usually a ob-gyn) for oral contraceptives. and they will also ask you to take a pap smear before prescribing it to make sure its ok to take. i've also heard you can get birth control pills at planned parenting, but i don't know if you need a pap smear for that as well. hope this info helps!

 
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Old 08-19-2005, 09:59 AM   #3
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Re: help me - contraceptives

You need a prescription. "The Pill" is the type of medicine it is, but there are MANY formulations out there, many brand-names.

Go to your doctor and tell her you want to start hormonal birth control. She'll take your history, and check to make sure you are able to take the pill (ie don't have a history of blood clots, high blood pressure, etc) and if you are able to take it will decide what brand he or she thinks is best for you and write you a prescription for that. You will then take that to the pharmacy and they'll give you whatever is written on the paper.

If you don't have insurance, you can go to Planned Parenthood. It isn't free most of the time (unless you can prove you need it to be free) but it's fairly cheap in comparison to most doctors. There you will go through the same thing your would at your doctors, only they sell you the pills right there at planned parenthood and generally they're cheaper then they would be from the pharmacy without insurance.

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Old 08-19-2005, 10:02 AM   #4
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Re: help me - contraceptives

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hi
yes you need a prescription from a dr. (usually a ob-gyn) for oral contraceptives. and they will also ask you to take a pap smear before prescribing it to make sure its ok to take. i've also heard you can get birth control pills at planned parenting, but i don't know if you need a pap smear for that as well. hope this info helps!

It doesnt matter if you go to an ob-gyn or your family practitioner. Both can write the script for the birth control. You may not need a pap before you go on the pill, either, provided you are not yet sexually active and below a certain age. They may just ask you to return for one is several months, and give you only a short prescription in the meantime.

 
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