Frequently Asked Questions
What kinds of medications and supplies can I obtain through Outlook Clinics?
We offer all reversible methods of contraception, including birth control pills, Nuva Rings, patches, Depo shots, and long-acting methods like the Nexplanon implant and intra-uterine devices like Mirena, Skyla and Paragard IUDs. We also offer treatment medications for vaginal infections and STDs.
What will it cost for me to come to the clinic?
We are a sliding-scale fee clinic, meaning that you will be charged based on your income and ability to pay. If you need a more specific answer about service costs, give us a call.
What health insurance plans do you accept?
We accept all state insurance plans and many private insurances. If you have no insurance, we can likely get you on the Minnesota Family Planning Program and all of your services will be free.
What are the price differences between the pill and IUD?
If you have insurance or the Minnesota Family Planning Program, there is no difference, as all contraceptive methods are free. If you are paying cash, pills are the least expensive method at $6 per month and IUDs and implants are the most expensive at $780.
What does a women’s health exam consist of and what is a Pap Test?
A gynecological exam begins with filling out a medical history form which will be reviewed with you when you see a provider. The examination will include both breast and pelvic exams—neither is usually painful and both can be completed quickly.
During the pelvic exam, a laboratory screening called a Pap Test will be done. This involves brushing small cell samples from the cervix (the muscle sitting at the base of the uterus along the vaginal wall), placing the sample on a slide and sending it to a specialized lab for review.
What is a UTI? How do you treat it?
A urinary tract infection is an infection in either your kidneys, bladder or urethra. The symptoms of a UTI include a strong, persistent need to urinate, a burning pain during urination, a foul smelling urine, pelvic pain, or blood in the urine. UTI’s are caused by bacteria in the urinary system. UTI’s can be treated with antibiotics and over-the-counter urinary pain medicine.
Are condoms effective at preventing pregnancy?
Yes. When used consistently and correctly condoms are 98% effective at preventing pregnancy. This is according to leading health authorities such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Condoms have also been proven to provide protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). In fact, condoms are the only contraceptive method that also provides STD protection.
Do you offer emergency contraception?
Yes, we offer several options for emergency contraception. The cost is free if you have the Minnesota Family Planning Program or other insurances, or $15 if you have no insurance.
Are there any age restrictions?
No. There are no age restrictions. Anyone needing contraceptive or STD services are welcome at our clinics.
Minnesota has a law that allows teenagers to access birth control and STD services without notifying parents. No information will be shared with parents and nothing will be sent to your home unless you specifically request it.
Can males come to Outlook Clinics clinic?
Yes, we see both males and females at our clinics.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, an appointment is needed if:
- You are coming for contraceptives for the first time.
- You have sores, bumps, vaginal discharge, or other issues that need to be checked out.
No, an appointment is not needed if:
- You need refills on your contraceptive method or follow up Depo shots.
- You need STD testing and are having no symptoms.
- You need emergency contraception or pregnancy testing.
What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, checks and debit/credit cards.
How often do I need to be seen for a check-up?
Prescription methods of contraception can only be ordered for one year at a time, so a visit is required yearly. However, Pap smear guidelines have changed and most people will only need a Pap smear done every three years starting at age 21. You do still need to come in for a brief visit, even if you do not need the Pap test done.
How long does it take to get lab results?
Some tests are available within 20 minutes, but others need to be sent to an outside lab and results are available in about 4-5 days.
What is the most effective birth control method other than abstinence?
Nexplanon, the 3-year implant, sometimes called “the bar” that goes under the skin in your arm.