The Family Planning program is designed to prevent unintended pregnancies by offering affordable methods of birth control accompanied by education and counseling. Our family planning program constitutes primary care for many of the clients served. A complete health history is taken on each client followed by a physical assessment, including Pap smear, urinalysis, screening for anemia, hypertension, and abnormal conditions of the breast and cervix as indicated.
Pregnancy testing and appropriate counseling is available. Information regarding early and continuous prenatal care is provided if the pregnancy test and/or exam findings are positive for pregnancy. Family planning clinics offer a variety of contraceptive methods including abstinence.
Instructions concerning effectiveness, proper use, indications/precautions, risks, benefits, possible minor side effects, and potential life threatening complications of contraceptive methods is provided. Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases are a part of the initial and annual visits. Immunization status is routinely addressed.
Services are provided by a physician or mid-level practitioner with assistance from public health nurses. Health educators and nutritionists are available for consultation. If problems are discovered during the course of the assessments which are beyond the scope of the clinics, appropriate referrals will be made by the health care provider. Clients are seen on an appointment basis to minimize waiting periods.