By Eleanor Grano, Community Outreach and Youth Engagement Coordinator at Jane’s Due Process
Young people can make an appointment for birth control without involving a parent or legal guardian in their decision at certain clinics in Texas. Teens can also purchase condoms and emergency contraception (aka Plan B) at any drugstore or pharmacy. If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, it’s important that you use a reliable method of birth control to reduce your chances of getting pregnant.
What clinics provide confidential birth control to teens in Texas?
Title X clinics provide free or low-cost birth control to young people who cannot involve a parent or a legal guardian. These clinics are able to offer contraception without parental consent because they receive federal funding. This means that they do not have to follow the same rules as clinics that are being funded by the state of Texas.
Find your nearest Title X clinic.
If you are a teen who is receiving Medicaid, you can get birth control without parental involvement at any clinic that accepts Medicaid. This includes foster youth who are receiving STAR Health. It’s important to know that Medicaid clinics will send a letter to your residence that includes an explanation of benefits (EOB) following your visit. EOB letters include the reason for your visit and share what services that you received. If you are concerned about someone reviewing your Medicaid account portal online or going through your mail, this may not be a safe option.
Find your nearest Medicaid clinic.
Where can teens buy emergency contraception and condoms?
While teens do not need parental consent to buy condoms or emergency contraception — it’s important to know that the cost of emergency contraception and condoms vary depending on the brand and store where you purchase them. If you are concerned about cost, it’s important to know the names of the most affordable emergency contraception brands available. For example, generic brands like My Way and My Choice range from $9-12 per tablet. You can buy them online, at your local grocery store, or Walmart. Generic brands of emergency contraception are just as effective as name brand options!
If you do not feel comfortable going into a store to purchase emergency contraception, you can use the drugstore or pharmacy’s drive-thru window to purchase it from the pharmacist. Additionally, some stores also have curbside pick-up or an app that will deliver it to you.
If you prefer the privacy of ordering online, Amazon can deliver it to a secure Amazon locker in your community. There are also brands like After Pill that guarantee a two-day delivery. Remember to always clear your search history if you feel that your online activity is being monitored. Also, review the notification settings on your accounts and always check who has access to view your online purchases.
If you cannot afford to purchase emergency contraception or condoms, teens can get it for free or low-cost at a Title X clinic. You can also get a prescription for Ella there too! If you do not have transportation to get to a clinic for free condoms, Texas Wears Condoms will ship them to anyone living in Texas. AIDS Services of Austin will also ship free condoms to anyone living in Central Texas.
If you have concerns about your sexual and reproductive health, our volunteer advocates are available 24/7 at 866-999-5263 and by text 8am-11pm CT to support you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help accessing contraception, STI testing & treatment, or an abortion in Texas.