Sexual health plays a big role in our overall wellbeing, so routine exams are important.
You are your own permission giver
If you have a trusted adult, that’s great — but if for any reason, you need to access confidential health care, here’s what you need to know:

Your rights

In 23 states and the District of Columbia, young people (age 12 or older) can consent to their own health care services, including birth control services, without permission from a parent or guardian. Learn about the laws in your state.

Accessing abortion services as a minor is never easy. To complicate matters more, different states have different laws. If you need more information about abortion or help paying for one, call the National Abortion Federation Hotline at 1-800-772-9100, or visit

Free or low-cost care

There are a number of places that offer sexual health care services. Finding a provider that works for you often depends on your situation.

Primary care doctors (like your pediatrician or family care physician) sometimes provide sexual health services as a part of your routine wellness check up. If you’re uncomfortable talking with your primary care doctor about sexual health, or you don’t have a primary care doctor, there are other options.

Title X Clinics (pronounced: Title Ten) provide sexual and reproductive health care for uninsured or low-income individuals. Services are offered at low or no cost, depending on your income. Keep in mind that you do not have to state your parent’s income, you can state your personal income as $0. Find a Title X Clinic near you.

OB/GYN (obstetrician-gynecologist) is a doctor who specializes in pregnancy, childbirth, and/or medical conditions related to the reproductive organs. OB/GYNs don’t typically see patients for routine wellness visits; they focus more on medical procedures.

Your appointment
It’s normal to feel nervous about visiting a sexual health care clinic, especially if it’s your first time. You’ve got this!
How to make an appointment
How to prepare for your appointment
What to expect at your appointment
Have you ever wondered what your sexual and reproductive organs look like? Take a peek, and learn some of the scientific names for things.
Biological female anatomy
Biological male anatomy
Our bodies are super cool
Learn about the hormonal changes associated with puberty and pregnancy.


After your appointment, if you need to change your birth control method, refill your prescription, or ask a question, it’s okay to get in touch with your healthcare provider.