Birth Control for Teens

Birth Control for Teens

The truth is, the pill can be kind of hard to remember. It's a good thing teens have way more birth control options. With the IUD, implant or shot, there's no remembering required. They're the kinds of methods that are literally always with you -- and will prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years.

More Good News

Teens can get no-fuss birth control like the IUD, implant and shot at four Maternal & Family Health Services locations. We also have “some-fuss” methods available, like the pill, that require a bit of remembering on your part. Our health centers are confidential, so no one (like your parents) has to know you’ve visited, if you want. Call to make an appointment:

MFHS Scranton
640 Madison Ave (use Pine St. entrance)
Scranton, PA 18510
570-961-5550

MFHS Hazleton
10 West Chestnut Street, Suite 6
Hazleton, PA 18201
570-501-2941 & 570-501-2961

MFHS Pottsville
2510 West Market Street
Pottsville, PA 17901
570-622-1244

MFHS Hawley
8 Silk Mill Drive
Suite 226
Hawley, PA 18428
570-390-5000

Find the same great care at teen-friendly health centers across Pennsylvania.

Got questions?

How do I make an appointment?

Call one of the numbers above, and tell the receptionist you’d like to make an appointment for birth control. They’ll ask you some basic questions, like your name and age, and give you the time of your appointment.

How old do I have to be?

Anyone ages 14 or older can make an appointment without a parent.

Do I need to have insurance?

No, but we do take insurance. If you do not have insurance, that’s fine, too.

How much does it cost?

If you do not have insurance (or do not want to use it), we’ll charge you according to your income. That’s your income — not your parents, not your boyfriends, not your teachers. It’s simple: those who make less, pay less. For example: If you have a part-time job and make $200 each week, the shot will cost as little as $21 and the pill as little as $7. That’s less than a trip to the movies — and way less than the cost of diapers. For those with insurance, many birth control methods are free.

What about pregnancy tests? What about STD tests? 

MFHS also offers pregnancy and STD tests. If you test positive, we’ll help you explore your options.

More questions?

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