There are no stupid questions when it comes to your health! We encourage you to ask the clinic staff and your doctor any questions you have, like how often will I have to come back for the birth control pill? How many appointments will there be? How long does an appointment take?
Because each clinic does things a little differently, when it comes to specific questions about your appointment it’s best to ask the clinic but below are some commonly asked questions we get on our textline:
What type of birth control do I use?
There is no right or wrong type of birth control – what works well for some, may not work well for others. If you don’t know what type you are wanting, that’s okay! You will be able to talk about the different methods with a doctor at your appointment (remember, this is your time and your body so ask anything you want to know about birth control). It can be helpful to begin researching your options before going in though. These options include:
When deciding on what type of birth control to get, it’s important to think about how easy it is for you to be able to get to your nearest Title X clinic for refills, follow-up visits, or LARC (Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive) removal. The reason for this is:
- If you decide to get a prescription for the pill, you may need to return to the clinic every month for a new supply (ask the clinic how often you need to pick up refills).
- Ask the clinic that is closest to you if you will be able to get the type of birth control you are wanting during your appointment, or if you will need to come back.
What if I am undocumented?
Anyone can go to a Title X clinic regardless of their immigration status. U.S. Citizenship is not required. Additionally, seeking care at a Title X clinic is not considered a public benefit. This means that going to a Title X clinic will not affect your ability to apply for U.S. permanent residency in the future.
I’m afraid my parents will find out, do I need to give my address?
Nope! By stating that you want a “confidential appointment for birth control. I can’t tell my parents and I don’t have the money to pay for it” the clinic should sign you up to receive Title X benefits. In other words, your entire appointment is confidential and they shouldn’t tell your parents! But if you want to be extra sure they don’t send you an invoice or lab results by mistake you can decline to give your address. They will still schedule your appointment.
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 abortion in Texas.