When you’re young, getting prescribed birth control can be both a terrifying and exhilarating task. Not everyone’s parents are okay with them going on the pill, and if teens are planning on having sex, it’s essential to be prepared and safe. Here are a few ways tens can access birth control without their parents knowing:

If you can use your parent’s health insurance, be sure to take a few extra steps to make sure they don’t know about it. All companies have different policies. Make sure to call your insurance company to find out if they will send out any information regarding the pill that your parents could potentially have access to.

If you can’t use your parent’s health insurance, you can always go to Planned Parenthood. All services at Planned Parenthood are confidential, and many teens can get birth control at a no-pay rate.

Another alternative to the pill is using other forms of contraception. Over-the-counter contraception such as condoms is a common choice among teens as there is no age requirement to purchase. You can buy condoms at any drug store, pharmacy, grocery store, or even online.

Regardless of which form of contraception you choose, it is essential to be prepared. Getting birth control might seem like a daunting task, but it needs to be done to have safe sex. Having sex as a teen can be both exciting and scary, and it’s essential for teens to understand the process of getting contraception.