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Exclamation 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 29th 2011, 12:59 AM

Hello... I have a serious question... I think I may hav ovarian cysts.. So my mom made an app for me in January, I will be 18 before then,if I decide to become sexually active for the 1st time when I am 18 but before my app can they legally tell my mom??????( in Virginia) PLEASE HELP!!
   
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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 29th 2011, 01:38 AM

Hey there, doctors cannot tell parents anything like that. It's patient confidentiality. However, depending on what exam you get, it may show up on the bill.

I think this should be in a different forum?
   
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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 29th 2011, 01:49 AM

To be completely honest I made this for the sole purpose for this question I have no idea how to move this or how all of this really works.. I'm sooo upset.. I didn't know what else to do, although I have a 15 year old sister pregnant.. I just am really depressed about all of this. Thank you sooo much for answering me to the best of your abilities though.. Very very much.
   
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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 29th 2011, 04:51 PM

You're very welcome! I hope things get better for you soon.
   
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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 30th 2011, 03:13 PM

If you're 18, then I'm pretty sure they legally cannot tell your mom without your written consent. When you sign all the paperwork they'll probably have a section to list someone they can share results with, if you don't want her knowing then just don't put her. You don't have to put anyone.

What they'll probably do if you think you have cysts is do an ultrasound which shouldn't matter if you've been sexually active or not.



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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - November 30th 2011, 05:46 PM

There is no way the obgyn can tell your parents. You're over the age of 16 and they'll be breaking the law if they so much as said anything to your parents. I strongly urge you to go to your obgyn if you think you have cysts on your ovaries. This can cause a whole host of different symptoms and they'll be able to help you manage the symptoms that you have!

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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - December 2nd 2011, 03:32 PM

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There is no way the obgyn can tell your parents. You're over the age of 16 and they'll be breaking the law if they so much as said anything to your parents. I strongly urge you to go to your obgyn if you think you have cysts on your ovaries. This can cause a whole host of different symptoms and they'll be able to help you manage the symptoms that you have!

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She's in the US, and they can tell your parents stuff if you're over 16 but under 18.



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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - December 2nd 2011, 05:17 PM

Doctors can't tell your mother anything without your legal consent. If they were to tell your mother without your consent, without you knowing about it all, they are putting themselves are risk for losing their practicing license. Doctor's take an oath when they become new doctor's that they won't give out doctor/patient information without the consent of the patient first. When I was 15, and getting birth control for the first time, I asked them kindly not to let my mother or anyone in my family know, giving them my personal cell phone number and kindly asked them not to send me any mail either so my mom wouldn't find out about it. So, don't worry too much about your mom finding out if your sexually active or not.











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Re: 18 and a 1st trip to the obgyn - December 2nd 2011, 06:05 PM

Shannon hit it right on. Even if you are under 18, they cannot legally tell them ANYthing unless you give them consent. Explain to your doctor you have yet to tell your mom you are sexually active. They sometimes will be willing to help explain to your mom that you are, but your mom will likely dislike that and take it even harder.

So the doctor will be careful with what they say. Also, being sexually active, you should see an OBGYN at least once every 3 years, although you should see a doctor who can give you a pap test once a year. This is for your safety.

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