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Family Planning

Family Planning means that everyone can decide for themselves if or 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. Family planning information, education and services can also help protect reproductive health by catching health issues early before they can cause long term health 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
  • Information and counseling on all methods of birth control, including abstinence
  • Support in developing a Reproductive Life Plan
  • Sterilization counseling for permanent birth control methods for thoe who are at least 21 years old (call for availability)
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Information on how to reduce the chances of getting or sharing sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • STI testing and treatment
  • Free condoms
  • Referrals to specialty health care if needed

Family Planning Methods We Offer

Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) Methods: small plastic devices placed into the body by a trained healthcare provider that can prevent pregnancy for up to 3-12 years depending on the type someone uses. These methods work by preventing sperm from being able to meet an egg and start a pregnancy.

These methods are over 99% effective, the most effective options available, and prevent pregnancy for several years once in place. Once a healthcare provider takes out the method, it's possible to become pregnant right away. Even though these devices can be used for several years at a time, they can be removed whenever someone decides they want to become pregnant or want to change their method to something else.

  • Implant (Nexplanon)-lasts for up to 4 years
  • IUDs (copper and hormonal versions available)-lasts for up to 3-12 years depending which one someone gets

Hormonal Methods: release the hormones estrogen and/or progestin into the body which prevent pregnancy by preventing the ovaries from releasing eggs or (rarely for certain methods) implantation of a fertilized egg.

  • Combined pill ("The Pill") - taken every day
  • Progestin-only pill ("Mini-Pill") - taken every day
  • Patch - worn for a week at a time
  • Shot/injection (Depo-Provera) - given once every 3 months
  • Vaginal ring (NuvaRing) - worn for one month at a time

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

  • Internal and external condoms - using these with other types of birth control makes it even less likely to become pregnant and can reduce the chances of getting or sharing STIs

Permanent Birth Control: for those who do not want to have biological children in the future. Please call for availability.

  • Tubal ligation
  • Vasectomy

Emergency birth control: can be used up to 5 days after vaginal sex, ideally as soon as possible, where birth control wasn't used or may not have worked (forgot to take birth control pill, removed vaginal ring for too long, condom broke, etc.) to prevent pregnancy. These have no effect if someone is already pregnant; they will not end or harm a pregnancy that has already started.

  • Emergency contraceptive pill
  • Copper IUD

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

Cost
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!