and Birth Control
What does Family Planning offer me?
Family Planning helps prevent unplanned pregnancy by using
the birth control method best suited to your individual needs. Public Health
Nurses also help you to learn how to prevent sexually transmitted diseases
during your clinic appointment.
What do I need to do to get on birth
Schedule an appointment in Teen Clinic if you are under 18
years of age or in our regular Family Planning Clinic if you are over 18. For
your first visit with us, especially teen clinic, plan on being at the clinic
for an hour or more. This initial visit includes a lot of teaching and we need
to review your health history and help you decide the best birth control method
How do I know what method is best for
The public health nurses will assist you in looking at
your life style and health history, making a choice that meets your need. We
offer a variety of choices in birth control methods.
How much does birth control cost?
There is no charge for teens and all other clients
are offered a sliding fee scale based on income. Please bring proof of
income to your visit every year.
What is Emergency Contraception?
Emergency contraception (ECC) is contraception used after
intercourse but before a woman becomes pregnant. It may be appropriate for women
to use ECC when condoms break, a diaphragm becomes dislodged, or a pill is
forgotten or lost, no contraceptive is used, or sexual assault. It needs to be
taken within 120 hours of the last intercourse. Plan B reduces the risk of
pregnancy following a single act of unprotected sex from about 8% down to
1%. This represents an 89% reduction in the risk of pregnancy for this
single act of unprotected sex. It is Not a form of birth control.
If you would like more information about our Family
Planning and Birth Control Program, please contact
your local health department.
Last Revised 02/05/03