When you go to a free clinic to get birth control, do you have to be examined by a doctor before you can get it?
Not always. Until recently, women expected to have a pelvic exam before a doctor would prescribe any kind of birth control. Now experts agree that a physical exam is not always necessary before starting birth control.
Even though an exam is no longer required, it's a good idea in some cases. Some of the reasons why doctors or nurse practitioners do a physical exam before prescribing birth control are:
If these don't apply to you, let the clinic or doctor's office know that you don't want an exam when you make your appointment.
Reviewed by: Julia Brown Lancaster, MSN, WHNP-BC
Date reviewed: September 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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