Family Planning

Interested in exploring your options for family planning? The Oldham County Health Department can help.

Our services are available for all Oldham County women—regardless of income. No one will be denied service because of inability to pay. Medical cards are accepted. The Health Department provides quality family planning services at an affordable price. Services are charged on a sliding-fee scale based on your income. That means that the amount you pay is based on your income and family size. Even if you have health insurance, you may save money through the Health Department. We file Passport, Humana and Anthem insurance.

Counseling, education, pregnancy testing and birth control services are provided confidentially by the Health Department.

Benefits of Family Planning

  • Having children when you want them
  • Being able to prepare financially 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 the Health Department. Nurse practitioners and nurses will work with you to provide education about family planning methods and determine which method fits your lifestyle best. Here’s some basic information about many of the family planning methods available through the
Health Department.

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 percent effective.

Natural family planning – Couples avoid sex during the fertile days in a woman’s cycle, after getting instruction to determine days of fertility. It is 80-99 percent effective.

Condoms – A thin 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. They are 85-98 percent 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 percent 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. The Health Department offers many types of birth control pills. They are 97-99.7 percent effective.

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 a week for three weeks. Patches are 99 percent effective.

DepoPrevera – A contraceptive shot is given once every three months in the health centers. There’s no daily method to remember. DepoPrevera is 99.7 percent effective when used correctly.

IUD Available by referral only.

Sterilization – A permanent 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 percent effective for females; and 99.9 -100 percent 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 PovertyGuidelines.   Minors (under eighteen 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.