Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Family Planning

Location

410-612-1768

1321 Woodbridge Station Way

Edgewood, Maryland  21040

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Days and Hours: 

Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This our super friendly Clinical Services staff! They can answer all your questions and make you feel comfortable.

Who We Are

Family Planning is a service of the Harford County Health Department. Staffing is provided by physicians, certified nurse practitioners, registered nurses and ancillary medical and clerical personnel.

What We Do

Gynecological exams, including:

  • Breast exams
  • Pap smear testing
  • STD testing and treatment
  • HIV counseling and testing
  • Birth control options education and supplies
  • Reproductive and preventive health education
  • Colposcopy services for Women’s Wellness clients needing follow-up of abnormal Pap smears
  • Pregnancy Testing Services
    • Free urine pregnancy testing
    • Options Counseling
    • Preconception health counseling
  • Emergency Contraception (EC)
    • Emergency Contraception is a safe and effective method of birth control that prevents pregnancy after unprotected intercourse.
    • EC is most effective when taken within 5 days of unprotected intercourse.
    • EC is not an abortion pill. It will not end a pregnancy that is already established.

Referrals and Linkages with Community Resources

Insurance Eligibility and Enrollment

Sterilization

Vasectomy

Prenatal Care

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling and Treatment

Smoking Cessation

Primary Health Care

Dental

  • Family Planning cards and Medical Assistance, Blue Cross Blue Shield and some other insurances accepted.
  • Sliding fee scale for uninsured and other eligible clients based on income and family size. (Income verification is required)
  • No one is denied for inability to pay

Choosing a Birth Control Method – Questions to Ask Yourself

Personal considerations:  The best birth control method is the one that fits with your goals, values, preferences, and lifestyle. What matters most to a person when considering a birth control method will naturally change over time.  If you are considering using a birth control method, take a minute and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have I had problems or become pregnant using this method before?
  2. Will I have trouble remembering to use this method?
  3. Am I opposed to using this method because of any religious or moral beliefs?
  4. Is my partner opposed to this method?
  5. If I use this method, am I at risk of being exposed to HIV (the AIDS   virus) or other sexually transmitted diseases?
  6. Will using this method embarrass me?
  7. Will this method embarrass my partner?
  8. Will I have trouble using this method correctly?
  9. If this method interrupts love making, will I avoid using it?
  10. Am I taking this method without my partner’s knowledge?
  11. Am I afraid of using this method?
  12. Do I still have unanswered questions about this method?

Most people will answer “yes” to a few of these questions but in general, if you had a lot of “yes” answers, you may be less likely to use this method correctly every time you have sex. Talk to a healthcare provider to help you decide whether to use this method or how to use it so that it will be effective for you.  Because no birth control method (except abstinence) is 100% effective, there are other questions you might want to explore:

  1. How would I cope with an unwanted pregnancy?
  2. What are my feelings and beliefs about being a parent? Does my partner agree?
  3. What are my feelings and beliefs about abortion? Does my partner agree?
  4. What are my feelings and beliefs about adoption? Does my partner agree?
  5. How would my partner cope with an unwanted pregnancy?

FAQs

Effectiveness: Will it work?  In considering a method of birth control, most people want to know how well the method works to prevent pregnancy. It’s important to know that ALL of the methods available to you at a family planning clinic, when used correctly every time you have sex, are very effective in preventing pregnancy.  When you’re looking at information about a method, you may notice that effectiveness is sometimes listed two different ways: “perfect use” and “typical use.”  The effectiveness rates you see after the words “perfect use” are for a couple who uses the method correctly every time they have sexual intercourse.  The effectiveness rates you see after the words “typical use” are for the average couple who does not use the method every time or uses it incorrectly.

Safety: Will it hurt me?  In general, all birth control methods are very safe. When choosing a method, a man or woman might be concerned about major health risks, protecting their ability to have children in the future, and side effects. To protect your health, read all of the patient information provided with the method you’re interested in,

talk to your health care provider to get the most current information about the risks and benefits of the method, and make sure to tell your provider about any information you’ve heard or read that worries you.

Cost: How much will I have to pay?  The cost of a birth control method is an important consideration for many people. Private insurance companies vary a great deal in their coverage of birth control methods although almost all will pay for surgical sterilization (vasectomy or tubal ligation).

Benefits: What’s good about the method?  Preventing pregnancy is an obvious benefit of using birth control but many methods have other benefits you might not know about. These benefits might not be the main reason you decide on a method, but they might help you decide between two or more suitable methods.

Benefit
Method(s)
Decreases menstrual pain and bleeding Birth control pills, Depo Provera
Reduces risk of ovarian and uterine cancer Birth control pills, Depo Provera
Reduces acne Birth control pills
Delays premature ejaculation Male condoms
Prevention of ovarian cysts Birth control pills
Increases milk supply for breast feeding women Depo Provera
Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV Male and female condoms, abstinence

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