Education, outreach, counseling and
referral are provided to clients and
available to the community upon request.
and Outreach Programs Include:
Presentations to schools, colleges and
community groups are available upon request. Topics include: puberty,
abstinence, birth control and STD prevention, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy
prevention and how to talk to kids about sexuality. Family Planning
also has a video-lending library and free information pamphlets for
parents or individuals to use as a resource.
The Initiative For Girls is a youth program, targeting girls ages 11-17,
which meets bi-weekly to explore health and safety topics as they relate
to girls; along with promoting leadership development and peer education skills.
Topics this year have included: body image, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS, teen dating violence, STDs, teen pregnancy, breast cancer, diabetes, and healthy eating.
For more information about The Initiative for Girls, check
out our website.
Birth Control Options Available
The birth control pill is a combination estrogen/progestin pill,
which prevents ovulation. It is a small pill that is taken
by mouth everyday to ensure protection from pregnancy.
The pill is more than 99% effective if taken correctly.
Ortho Evra Patch
The patch is a combintation estrogen/progestin thin patch, which
mimics the pill in pregnancy prevention. The patch is
worn on the buttocks, abdomen or upper back and is changed
weekly. It is more than 99% effective if used correctly.
The ring is a combination estrogen/progestin flexible ring, which
is placed into the vagina. It works the same as the patch
and the pill in preventing pregnancy. The ring is worn for
3 weeks and then left out for 1 week. It is more than 99%
effective if used correctly.
Depo Provera is an injection given every 10-13 weeks in the arm
or hip. It contains no estrogen so it is safe for women unable
to use estrogen products. Menses become non-existent on Depo
Provera and it is more than 99% effective.
IUD & IUS
The IUD & IUS (contains hormones) are intrauterine devices inserted into the uterus. They
prevent the sperm from fertilizing the egg. Depending on
the type of IUD inserted, it can last up to 10 years. IUS can last up to 5 years.
They are 98-99% effective.
The diaphragm is a small latex rubber cup, which fits inside the
vagina over the cervix. It must be put in place prior to
the act of intercourse. If used correctly it is 94% effective
and can protect you from certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Male condoms, either latex or non-latex, are fitted over the penis
prior to each act of intercourse. If used each and every
time correctly, condoms are 97% effective and if used in
conjunction with contraceptive foam the effectiveness rises
to 99%. The female condom fits up inside the vagina and must
be put in place with every act of intercourse. Its effectiveness
is similar to the male condom. Condoms are the only birth
control method to protect against HIV and Sexually Transmitted
Foam or Suppositories
Foam and suppositories are made of chemicals that kill sperm. Both
need to be inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse.
If used correctly each and every time, foam and suppositories
are 94% effective and if used in conjunction with a condom
the effectiveness rises to 99%. Foam and suppositories protect
against some Sexually Transmitted Diseases but not HIV.
Natural Family Planning
Natural family planning requires women to
be able to recognize their potential fertile days. To be successful
with this method, a woman must chart her temperature and vaginal
mucus every day. During her fertile period a barrier method or abstinence
must be used. If used correctly Natural Family Planning is 91-99%
effective. This method does not protect from HIV or Sexually Transmitted
is a permanent method of birth control. Both the woman (a tubal
ligation) and a man (a vasectomy) can be
sterilized. Both require surgical procedure, the vasectomy being
a great deal more minor than the tubal ligation. A person must
be very sure of his/her desire to not have any or more children
since this is a permanent method. This method is 99.9% effective
but does not protect against HIV or Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Contraception (Plan B)
After Pill" is an emergency method of birth control that is
88% effective in preventing pregnancy. It must be taken within
72 hours of intercourse. Emergency contraception is not intended
to be used on a regular
The Implanon is a small, flexible rod that is implanted under the skin of the upper, inner arm. The implant works by stopping the body from releasing an egg so that no egg is present to be fertilized. The Implanon is good for 3 years and is 99% effective.
Abstinence (no sex) is the only
100% birth control method to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted
diseases. To be successful, both partners must refrain from intimate
genital contact. There are no permanent harmful side effects from