Interested in exploring your family planning options? The OCHD is here to help!
Our Family Planning services are available to all regardless of income. You will not be denied service due to inability to pay. Medical cards are accepted. We provide quality family planning services at an affordable price. Services are charged on a sliding-fee scale based on your income. This means that you pay an amount based on your income and family size. Even if you have health insurance, you can possibly save on out-of-pocket expenses by coming to the OCHD! We are happy to file Passport, Humana, Anthem health insurance and many others.
Counseling, pregnancy testing, birth control and education are all services provided confidentially by the OCHD.
Benefits of Family Planning
- Having children when you want them
- Being able to financially prepare for your children
- Being healthier before and during pregnancy
- Not worrying about an unwanted pregnancy
- Making your own decisions about birth control
You Have Options
Confidential family planning services are available for women, men, and teens at OCHD. Nurse practitioners and nurses will work with you to provide education about family planning methods and help you determine which method best fits your lifestyle.
Some of the Many Family Planning Methods available through OCHD:
Abstinence – Refraining from sexual intercourse; this method is free and available to all. There are no medical side effects, including pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence is 100% effective.
Natural Family Planning – After receiving instruction on how to determine days of fertility, couples avoid sexual intercourse during the fertile days in a woman’s cycle. This method is 80-99% effective.
Condoms – A thick sheath of latex rubber that fits over the penis, the condom prevents sperm from getting inside the woman’s vagina. Condoms may be used with other birth control methods. Condoms are 85-98% effective.
Diaphragm (with spermicide) – A small round rubber cup that is placed in the vagina over the cervix. Diaphragms keep sperm from reaching the egg and are 80-95% effective.
Oral contraceptives (the pill) – Birth control pills contain hormones that work by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary each month. They must be taken daily and to be most effective, taken at the same time every day. OCHD offers many kinds of birth control pills. The pill is 97-99.7% effective when used correctly.
Contraceptive patch (OrthoEvra) – An adhesive patch that contains the same hormones as birth control pills is placed on the woman’s body. The patch is changed once per week three weeks on, one week off. Patches are 99% effective when used correctly.
Depo-Provera – A contraceptive shot is administered once every three months in the clinic. There is no daily method to remember. Depo-Provera is 99.7% effective when used correctly.
IUD – Available by referral only.
Sterilization – A permanent birth control method available to men and women who do not want children in the future. The male procedure is a vasectomy and involves cutting and tying the tubes that carry sperm. The female procedure is tubal ligation and involves cutting and tying the fallopian tubes. Those wanting services will be referred to local doctors for the procedures. Assistance with payment for sterilizations is available based on need and income. It is 99.5 – 100% effective for females; and 99.9-100% effective for males.
Kentucky Family Planning/ Title X
The mission of Kentucky Family Planning/ Title X is to provide individuals the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children. Services include an annual women’s health exam and supply of a birth control method. Services shall not include abortions as a method of family planning. Males and females are able to participate.
Priority for services will be to persons from low-income families or whose total annual family income does not exceed 100 percent of the most recent Federal Income Poverty Guidelines. Minors (under 18 years of age) who wish to receive services on a confidential basis shall be considered on the basis of their own resources.
Charges for services will be made to persons other than those from low-income families. Charges are based on the number of people in the household and household income.
Services must be provided without regard for religion, race, color, national origin, handicapping condition, age, sex, and durational residency, number of pregnancies, or marital status.