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Family Planning Center
Corner of Main and Riley
1313 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

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Family Planning Center
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are pelvic exams performed at the first visit when requesting birth control?
    Not always. Patients can be started on a birth control method and the exam can be deferred until the first method check, which is usually three months later. First time exams should be after the first intercourse or at the age of 21, whichever happens first.
  2. Is a visit to the clinic required to obtain emergency contraception?
    No, but it can sometimes be easier.  In order to get emergency contraception at a drugstore, if you are under 17, a prescription is needed.  You should contact your Pharmacy to make sure they have emergency contraception and to see what hours they are open.  By choosing to come to the Family Planning Center, patients receive the emergency contraception directly, along with the information needed to use it correctly.  A supply of condoms is also available.
  3. Will I gain weight on Depo-Provera?
    Some women may initially gain 5 to 7 pounds due to fluid retention, while others may experience and an increased appetite, which can lead to weight gain.
  4. What should be done if bleeding occurs while utilizing a contraceptive method?
    Make an appointment for further evaluation, as breakthrough bleeding could be due to a number of reasons.
  5. Will birth control pills or Depo-Provera make conception impossible in the future?
    No, there is no evidence that these methods of birth control will cause infertility.
  6. Can a woman be on the birth control pill for her entire childbearing years?
    Yes. In fact, staying on the pill can offer many health benefits such as prevention of anemia, decrease in the risk of ovarian cancer and good bone health.
  7. Should Calcium supplements be taken while on Depo-Provera?
    There are some studies that show it is a good idea to take 1200 Mg of Calcium daily to avoid decrease in bone density.
  8. Is hair loss a side effect of Depo-Provera?
    Some thinning of the hair may occur, but Depo-Provera does not cause extreme hair loss.
  9. Is pregnancy possible after contracting gonorrhea, chlamydia, HPV or genital warts?
    Yes – most of the time. With gonorrhea and chlamydia however, some scarring of the fallopian tubes may occur, which can make getting pregnant difficult or sometimes impossible. Avoiding contracting these illnesses and seeking immediate treatment if they are suspected is extremely important in minimizing damage to the woman’s body.
  10. Is pregnancy or contracting an infection possible if the penis is “pulled out?”
    Yes. Pre-ejaculatory fluid contains sperm that can fertilize the egg as well as carry bacteria that can cause a sexually transmitted infection. This fluid leaks out of the penis before ejaculation and neither partner feels it.