Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center supports youth in their efforts to stay healthy and make responsible sexual decisions. Teen Clinic offers sexual and reproductive health care services, including birth control and STI testing, to patients age 19 and under. All services at Teen Clinic are free or low-cost and confidential. Teens can be seen during any of our regular family planning hours or during special Teen Only hours at both our Boulder and Longmont locations. See more at the Teen Clinic website: www.teenclinic.org.
Is the clinic truly confidential?
Colorado law requires that the Teen Clinic keep all patients’ health information private and confidential, regardless of age. You don’t need a parent or guardian’s permission to get tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) or start a birth control method. No information about the care you receive at Teen Clinic can be shared with anyone. The only time the staff must break confidentiality is if a patient under 18 reports an incident of sexual assault or abuse. We do require parental permission to administer vaccines to minors.
What birth control is available to teens?
If you’re thinking about becoming sexually active or already are, prevention against sexually-transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy is important. Our providers will help you choose a birth control and prevention method that fits with your day-to-day habits and activities.
To review all the methods we offer, visit www.teenclinic.org/sexual-health-info. You can text us an anonymous question, call the clinic, or use the online tool to make an appointment for a personalized consult on choosing a birth control method.
Does Teen Clinic offer STI testing?
Teen Clinic offers a variety of services, including testing for sexually-transmitted infections, or STIs. HIV testing is offered twice a month on a first come, first served basis. It’s important to get tested because many STIs don't show symptoms.
What services do I need an appointment for?
You need to make an appointment for most services including:
Birth control consultations
IUD and Nexplanon® insertions
You’ll also need an appointment if you’re experiencing signs of a genital infection or need a pregnancy test.
Emergency contraception, birth control prescription refills, condoms, and dental dams are available on a walk-in basis for Established Patients (seen in our clinic within the last three years).
Can I use Insurance at Teen Clinic?
Insurance is NOT REQUIRED. In most cases, you can receive services totally free, and of course we always accept donations if you’re able. If you or your parents have insurance and you feel comfortable using it, you can absolutely use it. To find out more about pricing, click here.
Confidentiality Notice for 18 and 19-year-olds using a parent or guardian’s insurance: The Colorado Division of Insurance provides some confidentiality protection for young adults (ages 18-25) covered under their parent/guardian’s insurance. Insurance companies will send the Explanation of Benefits (which summarizes services received) to the patient directly, rather than to the parents or guardians. If you are insured under someone else’s policy and are concerned about confidentiality, you can contact your insurance company and have them send the Explanation of Benefits to another address.
Can I get an abortion if I'm under 18?
Colorado law requires that if you are under 18 years old, you must notify your parents of your intent to have an abortion, unless you are emancipated (living apart from your parents and supporting yourself). See the options that are available to you.