Preparing For The Unexpected: Birth Control

Planning ahead for college includes thinking about birth control. Being informed before you go is the way to go.

Preparing for college is stressful for every family. I remember my parents wanted me to be as prepared as possible for this next step in my life, and by the day I left our dining room was filled with absolutely everything we could think to buy from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Unfortunately, once I got to college, I learned a lot of parents forgot to prepare their kids for one of the most important things – the unexpected.

I was shocked at how many of my friends were sexually active, not using birth control, and on top of that didn’t even know how to access birth control.

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Here are some things you can do if you’ve found yourself in this boat  

If you want to use your normal health care provider or gynecologist, there may be some complications. Your healthcare insurance provider sends out an EOB (Explanation of Benefits), a document that details what your plan helped you cover from prescriptions to hospital visits, to the ‘primary enrollee’ thanks to HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to have your EOB sent directly to you. All you need to do is give them a call.

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If you don’t have health insurance or this isn’t an option that your healthcare provider gives, there is always Planned Parenthood.

Birth control pills can cost you anywhere from $0 to $50, but are typically free if you qualify for certain government programs and if you have health insurance.

Also, don’t forget about your campus health center. Most university health centers have counselors who can sit down and help you find the right option for you.

So, don’t let fear of your parents finding out stop you from getting the protection you need. While you’re not a ‘real’ adult yet, taking responsibility for your own sexual activity is a step in the right direction.

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