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Family Planning

Family Planning means that everyone can decide for themselves if and when to have children.

Family Planning is an important part of preventing unplanned pregnancy, including teen pregnancy. Planning for pregnancy dramatically improves the health of both moms and babies. In addition, family planning information, education and services can help protect reproductive health by helping people prevent health problems of catch them early before they can cause long term problems.

Low or no cost, confidential family planning services we provide include:

  • Comprehensive family planning care for anyone, regardless of age, who is capable of becoming pregnant or causing a pregnancy
  • Education and counseling on all methods of birth control, including abstinence
  • Support in developing a Reproductive Life Plan
  • Referrals for specialty health care
  • Sterilization counseling for permanent birth control methods for women and men who are at least 21 years old (call for availability)
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Information on how to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Free condoms

Family Planning Methods We Offer

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Methods: small plastic devices inserted into the body by a trained healthcare provider that can prevent pregnancy for up to 3-10 years depending on the type someone uses. These methods prevent pregnancy by preventing sperm from being able to meet an egg.

These methods are the most effective, over 99%, forms of birth control available and prevent pregnancy for several years once in place. Once the method is removed by a healthcare provider, the ability to become pregnant quickly returns. While these devices can be used for several years at a time, they can be removed when someone decides they want to become pregnant or want to change their method to something else.

  • Implant (Nexplanon)-lasts for up to 3 years
  • IUDs (copper and hormonal versions available)-lasts for up to 3-10 years depending which one someone gets

Hormonal Methods: release the hormones estrogen and/or progestin into the body which prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, fertilization, and (rarely for certain methods) implantation of the fertilized egg.

  • Combined pill ("The Pill") - estrogen and progestin
  • Progestin-only pill ("Mini-Pill")
  • Patch - estrogen and progestin
  • Shot/injection (Depo-Provera) - progestin
  • Vaginal ring (NuvaRing) - estrogen and progestin

Barrier Methods: block sperm from reaching the egg with a physical barrier.

  • Internal and external condoms - these increase the effectiveness of other types of birth control and can reduce the risk of STIs

Permanent Birth Control: for those who do not wish to have more or any biological children.

  • Tubal ligation or Essure
  • Vasectomy

Emergency Contraceptives: can be used up to 5 days after sex, ideally as soon as possible, where birth control wasn't used or failed (forgot to take birth control pill, removed vaginal ring for too long, condom broke, etc.) to prevent pregnancy. These have no effect on a pregnancy if someone is already pregnant when they use this method. They will not end a pregnancy.

  • Emergency contraceptive pill
  • Copper IUD

Anyone is able to use family planning services at the Florida Department of Health in Citrus County.

The cost of services is based on ability to pay (sliding fee scale). We also accept Medicaid, including the Family Planning Medicaid Waiver.

Services to minors are FREE, completely confidential, and do not require parental consent.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Call (352) 527-0068 to schedule an appointment at our Lecanto office.

Talk with your partner about birth control. We can help you choose the best method for your needs. Call today to schedule an appointment!