Someone asked us:
I am done with college now, but I am still under my very conservative parents’ insurance. When I go to get checkups, the doctors always ask if I’m on any medications. Should I tell my doctors/dentists that I’m on the Implanon? I know there’s doctor-patient confidentiality, but I’m always worried that someone might let something slip. What to do?
You should always tell your doctor (or any health care provider who asks) what medications you’re on, including hormonal birth control like the implant. It’s information your doctor needs to have to get an accurate sense of what’s going on with your health and body.
In general, health care providers have to keep their patients’ information confidential. Since you’re not a minor, there’s virtually no reason a doctor would tell your parents that you’re using birth control. It’s possible but unlikely that your parents could get this information through your insurance provider. If you’re really worried about it, you could call your insurance provider to ask about their policies.
- Alex at Planned Parenthood