The goal of family planning is to provide clients with
- Make informed decisions about family planning
- Use a specific method of contraception correctly
- Understand the procedures involved in the family planning clinic visit
About the Program
The Family Planning program provides information and a means to achieve child spacing and planned family size. Family planning clients are offered initial counseling, an explanation of procedures, and educational materials. A family planning clinic visit includes a complete medical history, lab work (urine and blood tests for anemia, syphilis, and other infections), a breast exam, a pelvic exam, a pap smear to check for cancer, and an evaluation
The clinic staff will provide you with a method of your choice and instructions on how to use it. Contraceptive methods available include Norplant, Diaphragm, Depo Provera, IUD (Intrauterine Device), Natural Family Planning, Birth Control Pills, Emergency Contraceptive Pills, Foam, and Condoms. If you are a new patient, we will provide you with information about the various types of contraceptives that we offer.
You may not be planning a pregnancy now, but someday perhaps you will. To help increase your chances of having healthier children in years to come:
- Eat right. Be sure to get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day
- Exercise regularly
- Avoid poor health habits such as cigarette smoking, alcohol use, and drug use
- Space at least two years between pregnancies
Teen Time is a class for teens to discuss topics like physical exams, birth control methods, relationships, and sexually transmitted disease (STD). We also talk about the importance of abstinence as this is the most effective way to help protect you against sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. This class is required for young women requesting Family Planning Services.