Teen Corner

A special place for teens

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If you’re a teen in California, you have rights to privacy and reproductive health care.

At The Clinic! all services are provided confidentially. California law states that anyone of any age is able to access services related to birth control (including emergency contraception), pregnancy testing and prenatal care, abortion services, and rape, abuse, or assault services. Anyone 12 years or older can access services related to mental health, drug and alcohol treatment, and resting and treatment for sexually transmitted infections without consent of a parent or guardian. We are not allowed to share information about you with anyone else unless you tell us someone has hurt you or you have hurt yourself or someone else.

To read more visit http://teenhealthlaw.org.

YES. California law requires schools to excuse students for certain medical appointments, such as those above. Schools must keep information about your appointment confidential, even from parents. Your school must let you go to your appointment and cannot notify your parents or try to get their permission.

Your school can call the doctor or clinic to confirm you have an appointment and the appointment’s time (but cannot ask about the kind of care you are receiving). Your teachers must allow you to make up any missed assignments.

My boyfriend wants to have sex.  I’m not sure I’m ready, and I am afraid to get pregnant.  I don’t want to talk to my parents, because they will be disappointed I am even considering sex at my age.  I can’t talk to my friends – they don’t seem to know any more than I do. 

Are you feeling overwhelmed?

You have come to the right place for honest answers.  No judgment.  We promise to listen with respect for your feelings.

As a teenager, you have many changes to cope with – your body and desires, learning about relationships, and whether you are ready for sex is sometimes overwhelming.

We think if you are given all the information, you will be in a better position to make good decisions – after all, decisions you make regarding your reproductive health can affect you both now and in the future.

At The Clinic!  We can help you with the following:

  • Are you looking for the best method of birth control for your situation?
  • Is someone pressuring you to have sex and you aren’t sure you’re ready?
  • Do you have questions about your sexual health?
  • Have you had unprotected sex and want to learn more about testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections?

In almost all cases, there is no cost to teens for services.

We provide information, exams and/or referrals for you with respect for your body, your feelings, and your privacy.

Our services are always confidential, non-judgmental and available to all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or situation.

  • The rate of STI’s (Sexually Transmitted Infections) are higher in the United States than Europe and Canada?
  • Nearly half of all teens report knowing little to nothing about condoms.
  • Over one-third of websites used by teens to get information about sex and birth control have inaccurate information.
  • Many teens try to get information from their friends – who often have no real knowledge of the facts.

And…here is a cute fun video which covers different methods of birth control which are available at The Clinic!

Call The Clinic! today to take charge of your reproductive health.  We are here to listen and provide objective, factual support.  (530) 891-1911