A friend of mine wants me to accompany her to a Planned Parenthood to get on birth control (she thinks she may start having sex soon). Although I'm sexually active and on birth control, I've never been to a Planned Parenthood. What have your experiences been with Planned Parenthood? How different is the wait time with or without an appointment? Should she expect to get a pelvic exam? What about a pap? (She's a virgin, so a pap seems a little silly. Still, I know some places ask to do them anyway.) If she refuses the pap, can she still get a prescription? How long is the typical appointment when going for the purpose of getting birth control? What's the time delay at a Planned Parenthood between when you have your first appointment and you get a pack of pills? Is there anything else we/she should know before going? Is there any other type of clinic we should look into? She's 21, she goes to a Catholic university (service not offered), and she doesn't want her mom to know (not interested in going through her usual doctor/insurance).
I'd love to hear about your experience(s)!