Wellness Appointments for Teens
Choices is proud to provide comprehensive, non-judgemental sexual and reproductive health services to everyone, including teens! Our goal is to provide you with all the information and resources you need to protect your health and make informed decisions. We will always respect your sexual health decisions and your need for privacy and confidentiality.
Please check with your own insurance plan for specific coverage and benefits.
- For young persons, appointment can include:
- discussion of adolescent reproductive development,
- discussion of postponing and delaying sexual activity,
- discussion of birth control options and safer sex practices,
- the pills, the patch, the ring, and the shot may be available without a pelvic exam, and
- HIV testing and referrals.
- Testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis for an additional cost.
Call us at 901-274-3550 or email us to make your appointment today!
If I am under 18 years old, do I have to bring my parent with me?
For Abortion Appointments
In the state of Tennessee, anyone under the age of 18 must have consent from their parent or guardian or have a judicial bypass. If you have any questions, just give us a call at 901-274-3550.
For Other Appointments
In the state of Tennessee anyone over the age of 13 can consent to reproductive health exams, birth control, and STD testing without parental consent. We encourage you to discuss your reproductive health issues and/or your plans for contraception with your parents, and they are welcome to attend your reproductive health visit with you. If there is some reason you don’t believe their presence or involvement would be in your best interest, however, you can access reproductive health care on your own or with a friend.
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! Choices wants you to have the information you need to make safe and effective decisions. If bringing a friend makes you more comfortable, let us know. We are here to support you.
Can we set up a group event?
YES! If you are a teen, or the parent of a teen, and you think it would be beneficial to have a group session on sexual activity and health, please contact Katy Leopard at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a group event.
Long Acting Reversible Contraception for Teens NOW AVAILABLE AT NO COST TO YOU!
When choosing a method of birth control, teens typically choose methods like the pill, which needs to be taken every day; or the male condom, which needs to be used with every act of intercourse. While excellent methods, they depend on the user to not make mistakes. Missing a pill or two, or not storing a condom properly can lead to an unintended pregnancy.
There are 3 methods that do not require regular maintenance. Each has a very high efficacy rate and that efficacy rate does not depend at all on how well the person uses it. These are:
Collectively, these methods are referred to as LARCs (long-acting reversible contraceptives). All of these methods can be safely used by teens and all of these methods have less than a 1% failure rate for typical users. Once these methods are in place, the user does not have to do anything else to ensure its proper use.
Check out these videos by young women about their experiences with IUDs. You can find more videos on Choices’ YouTube channel.
Want more information about LARCs? Check out the links below.
Scarleteen Birth Control BINGO: IUDs
Scarleteen Birth Contorl BINGO: The Birth Control Implant
Myths and Facts about IUDs
Advocates for Youth: IUD Info
Facts about IUDs: Young Women and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives
Why More Teens Should Be Using Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives – Huffington Post