Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

Stories From People Who've Received Care Through Title X

As the nation's program for affordable birth control comes under attack, we’re sharing the voices of people who’ve received care through Title X. Here are their stories.

Title X helped me get affordable birth control without risking my relationship with my family and risking my education.

Ixya, West Virginia 

As a university student, planning for my future is extremely important. As a Latina, the topic of sexual and reproductive health does not come up and can sometimes be dangerous to talk about. I want to make sure I am prepared, safe, and do not have a surprise pregnancy, so I decided I wanted to get an IUD. Unfortunately, if my parents found out I used their insurance to get an IUD I'm afraid they'll make me leave WVU and make me go back home, which is why utilizing Title X helped me get affordable birth control without risking my relationship with my family and risking my education.

No matter where I go, Title X and Planned Parenthood are always there.

Elizabeth, Alaska

I am one of the millions of Americans and thousands of Alaskans who rely on Title X for BASIC health care: pap smears, cancer screenings, and STI testing. I have traveled a lot and lived in many places, but no matter where I go, Title X and Planned Parenthood are always there. Because of Title X, I’ve never had to worry about whether I could afford the basic care I need. And in times when I’ve not had insurance, I’ve been able to pay what I could afford. Because of Title X and Planned Parenthood, when a Pap test came back abnormal a few years ago, I didn’t have to worry. Planned Parenthood took care of me, and got me the follow-up care that I needed. Today, I’m grateful to have insurance. And I’m grateful that I can continue going to Planned Parenthood for high quality care. Health care is a human right, but too many policymakers treat it like a luxury. Title X is one of the few positive cornerstones of our American healthcare system. And it works.

That's not our reality, though.

Karina, Arizona

I walked into a Planned Parenthood health center outside of Phoenix, Arizona with $20 in my bank account. I was scared, nervous...and so, so overwhelmed. My period was late, and I had spent days wondering how I'd ever juggle a baby and college. Planned Parenthood was there for me. Title X was there for me. Thanks to Title X — the nation's program for affordable birth control and reproductive health care — and a wonderful, kind provider at my Planned Parenthood health center, I was able to get a pregnancy test and find the right birth control for my body. I could stop worrying, and focus on my future. 

Without Title X, I would have had literally nowhere to go. And that’s why it's so, so important that all of us throw our support behind Planned Parenthood in this moment. Health care should be a human right — something we never have to stress about, scrounge for, or bargain over. That's not our reality, though. 

There's a huge divide between who can get health care in this country, and who has to go without — and it's people without means, people of color, and the immigrant community who suffer. People like me. Title X levels the playing field by making basic health care accessible for 4 million people. That's 4 million people who can go to work, study, and care for their families without worrying about how they'll afford their next Pap test or breast cancer screening. 

The most important thing they have done is help me find my voice.

Ray, Oregon

I had moved to Eugene, Oregon for school and needed to get tested as well as start a new form of birth control. I went to the Title X funded facility off Franklin Blvd and received the care I needed — at no out of pocket cost. Inspired by this new wave of access when it came to sexual health, I decided to get involved. I was still at a point in my life where I felt ashamed and disgusted by my sexual history — unable to overcome the taunting as a kid and the self doubt as a young adult. 

When I started out I was doing the Health Center Advocacy Program, collecting stories from my community. And I as I asked, complete strangers, if they had a story to share, I discovered that I was far from alone in my experience. I was not the only one that was raised in this culture of shame and silence. I knew that the only way to break this stigma — was to break that silence. As I spent the rest of my collegiate career sharing my story, expanding resources on campus and fostering a culture of affirmation, I couldn’t help but look back at that 16 year old girl and see how far I have come. And that’s exactly what Planned Parenthood does for their patients. Throughout my life Planned Parenthood has given me information and resources to address my mental and physical health — but the most important thing they have done is help me find my voice.

Title X was critical to me finding care and managing my disease. Without it, I don't know where I would be today.

Emma, Washington

It was the week of my 22nd birthday that my OBGYN recommended to perform a laparoscopy to diagnose or rule out endometriosis. After the procedure, my doctor informed me that I do have endometriosis, a common health problem that causes chronic pain, and if left untreated could lead to infertility. At this time, I was working a minimum wage job in customer service and could not afford to pay for health insurance or doctor’s visits out of pocket, so I went to my local Planned Parenthood health center. 

The woman at the front desk gave me a form to fill out before my appointment and told me not to worry, they would take care of me, with the amount of money I made yearly, I qualified to pay for services on a sliding scale. I met with a health care provider that day and she went over my medical history I brought from my OBGYN and we decided on a plan: I would get the Depo-Provera shot to minimize and hopefully stop my cycle.  During a time when I wasn’t sure if I would be able to even have children in the future, or exactly how to manage this new disease, the last thing I wanted to think about was the cost and how to navigate the system. Title X was critical to me finding care and managing my disease. Without it, I don't know where I would be today.

Not having access to Title X funding would have meant untold amounts of anxiety in my life for several years.

Tiffany, Arizona

When I was starting out on my post-college journey, Planned Parenthood and Title X were my saving grace for my health. I had no option for employer provided health insurance. Buying insurance on my own wasn't even a thought because it was so expensive; I never could have afforded it along with a roof over my head and gas to get to work.  I was able to get birth control so that I didn't have to worry as much about getting accidentally pregnant. Once a year I was able to get a week woman exam so that I could stay healthy. Not having access to Title X funding would have meant untold amounts of anxiety in my life for several years. I'm eternally grateful for Planned Parenthood and Title X funding and remain a Planned Parenthood patient to this day despite having insurance now because of how important it is.

Submit a Story

Your story is powerful. Fill out our short form and make your voice heard. Share your story.

Due to the funding from Title X, I and many other people have been able to receive the healthcare we all deserve without the worry of affordability and financial barriers. 

Lexy, New York

I decided to go to Planned Parenthood to change my form of birth control. I was anxious about receiving a bill that I could not afford to pay, but at this point I was desperate for something to work. However, Planned Parenthood was extraordinarily understanding and compassionate. During my visit my IUD was removed, an exam was performed, and my new form of contraception, the Nexplanon implant, was put into place. My issues with infections finally went away, pregnancies have been avoided, and I have not had a period since getting the Nexplanon. But, the best part of my experience was the care I received from Planned Parenthood. Despite my inadequate insurance, staff informed me I had another option thanks to Title X. I left my visit content, on the path to being healthy, and without an unexpected bill for thousands of dollars. Due to the funding from Title X, I and many other people have been able to receive the healthcare we all deserve without the worry of affordability and financial barriers

 

Without the Title X program, many patients like myself would lose access to almost free, basic needs, like the birth control I’m on.

Liz, Arizona

I learned about Planned Parenthood through a friend and decided to go for a general check-up and then later to learn about birth control. I learned that I qualified as a Title X patient—and therefore only had to pay half of the cost for my birth control—when I went up to pay after my appointment. But even then, I didn't know what Title X was until I started listening to people talk about defunding Planned Parenthood, and then I started asking questions. This was the only clinic that, not only did I feel comfortable in (people spoke Spanish here) but it was the only one that provided a stable financial aid plan, per se, for my family. Without the Title X program, many patients like myself would lose access to almost free, basic needs, like the birth control I’m on. Making sure that I’m healthy is really important to me, but it feels like it’s in the hands of folks in the White House negotiating my life. It's a little scary to leave it up to somebody else.

How Can I Help Stop Trump’s Gag Rule?

We won in the House — now it’s time to learn what more we can do to protect Title X funding. Text TITLEX to 22422 to stay updated on this and other important fights for reproductive health and rights.

You can text STOP to quit anytime, or HELP for more info. Data and standard message rates apply.