Education: Frequently Asked Questions About Sexual Health
Can a woman get pregnant any time on her cycle?
Does Planned Parenthood of Indiana do pregnancy tests?
The condom broke last night. Can I take the "morning after pill"?
When taken correctly, EC can reduce the chance of pregnancy by up to 89 percent. If the condom broke or you had unprotected sex, you may want to use emergency contraception. You can purchase emergency contraception at your local Planned Parenthood of Indiana health center. Call (800) 230-PLAN to find the health center nearest you. You can also purchase emergency contraception over-the-counter at your local pharmacy. Plan B® is now available without a prescription for consumers age 18 or older, but a prescription is needed for women 17 and younger.
I am pregnant and I can not have a child at this time. Does Planned Parenthood provide abortions? Where can I go and how much do they cost?
Pill abortions (induced by drugs and sometimes called "medical abortions" or "the abortion pill") are available between 5 and 7 weeks of pregnancy and the cost is $500. In-clinic abortions are available from 6 to 12 weeks of pregnancy and cost $400. As prices are subject to change, please check with the health center when you call.
Whichever method you choose, the state of Indiana requires that you must meet with a nurse practitioner or physician, who will read you state-mandated information, at least 18 hours before the procedure. This requirement can be met at many local Planned Parenthood health centers, in addition to the sites performing abortions, but you will need to call your health center to make an appointment. The abortion site you choose can help you find a Planned Parenthood of Indiana location where you can hear the information.
In addition, the state of Indiana requires people under the age of 18 to obtain consent from one parent, or a judicial bypass, before they can obtain an abortion. If you are under age 18, please be sure to ask the health center when you call how to meet this requirement.
Click on the link for more information on pill abortions and in-clinic abortions.
Are STI (sexually transmitted infection) tests given as part of most regular medical check-ups?
For men, testing for STIs may require a urine test, a blood test and/or a visual examination, depending on the nature of the infection. For women, it may involve samples of cells taken from the cervix, a blood test and/or a visual examination. Our services are confidential, so please feel free to ask any questions you have about STIs during your next visit to the health center.
Do people under 18 need their parent's permission to get birth control or be treated for an STI?
If you think you are having symptoms of a STI, or have had unprotected sex, get to a doctor or health center and get examined. STIs can cause serious health risks, even infertility, if left untreated. You also risk passing the infection to someone else if you don't get treated. Teens or young adults are particularly at risk for STIs. About one in four sexually active young people contract an STD each year.
Planned Parenthood health centers offer affordable STI testing. Some health centers offer testing on sliding fee; the cost is calculated by your income. You may even qualify for free services. To make an appointment at the nearest Planned Parenthood health center, call (800) 230-PLAN. If you think you may have an STI, or see any visible sores, have unusual discharge or any other symptoms that concern you, abstain from sexual contact until you can get tested and treated.
After someone has been treated for an STI, can they get it again?
Can a person pass along an STI, even if they don't know they have it?
Are there some STIs that do not have a cure?
Yes, there are four: HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), Herpes, HPV, and Hepatitis C . Once you are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, Herpes, or Hepatitis C, you have the disease for the rest of your life. HIV, the most serious of the three, can cause AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS is fatal, and there is no cure. HIV is spread through blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. Although latex condoms have been found to protect against the HIV virus, other STIs like Herpes and genital warts (HPV) can occur in areas a condom cannot cover. Condoms offer some protection against Hepatitis C, but it can also be passed through sharing needles and blood. Genital warts and Herpes sores can be found in the pubic hair and even on the inner thigh. They are highly contagious and are transmitted by skin-to-skin contact.
While these viral STIs do not have cures, there are vaccines available for HPV. Talk to your doctor to see if the vaccine is right for you.
If you see any unusual sores or bumps anywhere in your genital area, abstain from sex immediately and see your health care provider. To decrease your chances of contracting an incurable STI, you and any potential new sex partner should get tested to make sure you don't have an infection before having sex and use condoms every time you have a sexual encounter.