When you go to a free clinic to get birth control, do you have to be examined by a doctor before you can get it? – Dariya*
Not always. Until recently, women expected to have a pelvic exam before a doctor would prescribe any kind of birth control. Now experts agree that a physical exam is not always necessary before starting birth control.
Even though an exam is no longer required, it's a good idea in some cases. Some of the reasons why doctors or do a physical exam before prescribing birth control are: