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.
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.
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.