- It’s okay to ask if what you say is confidential. Verbally confirm this doctor/patient confidentiality if you’re hesitant to keep talking. Try something like:
- “I would like to discuss something but I want to make sure it stays between us. Is this possible?”
- Don’t be afraid to express your discomfort and leave if you’re afraid this information is getting relayed back to your parents/guardians. You are your own best advocate.
- No question is a dumb question. Remember that doctors are trained to help you with these questions—it’s likely someone else has asked similar questions.
- Empower yourself to research beforehand – our Birth Control Tool can help! Remember, the best decision is a fully informed one, free of coercion.
- List your questions (on paper or in your phone) for the doctor before your appointment so you don’t forget them.
- Explain your research (if you can). Ask about the methods, side effects, and potential costs of methods you’re thinking about.
Here are some helpful ways to start a conversation.