Reproductive and Sexual Health Services
Citrus County Health Department
Birth Control Resources
Reproductive and sexual health services are available to anyone, at any age, with or without health insurance to prevent and treat infections, help plan for pregnancy, and to screen for certain types of cancer.
Planning for pregnancy improves the health of both moms and babies. Reproductve and sexual health information, education and services can also help protect health by preventing or catching issues early before they can cause long term health problems.
Low or no cost, confidential reproductive and sexual health services we provide includes:
- Comprehensive birth control options, including long-acting methods like IUDs and the implant
- Information on all methods of birth control, including abstinence
- Sterilization information for permanent birth control methods for those who are at least 21 years old (call for availability)
- Pregnancy testing and information about pregnancy options
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment
- Information on how to reduce the chances of getting or sharing STIs
- Free condoms
- Referrals to specialty health care, if needed
Anyone is able to use reproductive and sexual health 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 352-527-0247 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!
Birth Control 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 3-10 years, depending on the type someone uses. These methods prevent sperm from being able to meet an egg to start a pregnancy.
LARC methods are over 99% effective, the most effective options available, and can prevent pregnancy for several years once in place. These methods are reversible, so it's possible to become pregnant right away once a healthcare provider takes out the method. 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 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 prevents pregnancy by keeping the ovaries from releasing eggs or (rarely, and only for certain methods) implantation of a fertilized egg.
- Combined birth control pill ("The Pill") - taken every day
- Progestin-only birth control pill ("Mini-Pill") - taken every day
- Patch - worn on the skin for a week at a time
- Birth Control Shot (Depo-Provera) - given once every 3 months
- Vaginal ring (NuvaRing) - worn in the vagina 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 pregnancy even less likely and are the only birth control methods that can also 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.
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.