Northern Kentucky Health Department
Interested in exploring your options for family
planning? The Northern Kentucky Health Department can help.
Our services are available for all Northern Kentucky women—regardless of income.
No one will be denied service because of inability to pay. Medical cards are
accepted. The Health Department provides quality family planning services at an
affordable price. Services are charged on a sliding-fee scale based on your
income. That means that the amount you pay is based on your income and family
size. Even if you have health insurance, you may save money through the Health
Department. Although the Health Department cannot bill private insurance
companies for family planning services, women with insurance often find that the
Health Department’s services cost less because of the sliding-fee scale and
reduced costs for some family planning methods through the federal/state Title X
Counseling, education, pregnancy testing and
birth control services are provided confidentially by the Health Department.
These services are available at all county health centers.
Benefits of Family Planning
Having children when you want them
Being able to prepare financially for your
Being healthier before and during pregnancy
Not worrying about an unwanted pregnancy
Making your own decisions about birth control
You Have Options
Confidential family planning
services are available for women, men and teens at the Health Department’s four
county health centers. Doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses will work with
you to provide education about family planning methods and determine which
method fits your lifestyle best.Here’s some basic information about many of the
family planning methods available through the
Abstinence - Refraining from sexual intercourse, this method is free and
available to all. There are no medical side effects, including pregnancy and
sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence is 100
Natural family planning - Couples avoid sex during the fertile days in a
woman’s cycle, after getting instruction to determine days of fertility. It is
80-99 percent effective.
Condoms - A thin sheath of latex rubber that fits over the penis, the
condom prevents sperm from getting inside the woman’s vagina. Condoms may be
used with other birth control methods. They are 85-98 percent effective. Free condom distribution sites.
Diaphragm (with spermicide) - A small round rubber cup that is placed in
the vagina over the cervix. Diaphragms keep sperm from reaching the egg, and are
80-95 percent effective.
Oral contraceptives (the pill) - Birth control pills contain hormones
that work by preventing the release of an egg from the ovary each month. They
must be taken daily. The Health Department offers many types of birth control
pills. They are 97-99.7 percent effective.
more about starting birth control pills or what to do if you miss a dose.
Contraceptive patch (OrthoEvra) - An adhesive patch that contains the
same hormones as birth control pills is placed on the woman’s body. The patch is
changed once a week for three weeks. Patches are 99 percent effective.
DepoPrevera - A contraceptive shot is given once every three months in
the health centers. There’s no daily method to remember. DepoPrevera is 99.7
percent effective when used correctly.
IUD (intrauterine device) - A small plastic device, wrapped with natural
copper, is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider. IUDs can last for
up 10 years, but must be removed by a health care provider. The Health
Department offers ParaGard IUDs, which do not contain hormones. It is 99.4
Vaginal ring (NuvaRing) - A flexible vaginal ring containing hormones
release daily to inhibit ovulation. The ring is inserted by the woman herself
and remains in place for three weeks. The woman replaces a ring one week later.
It is 99 percent effective if used correctly.
Sterilization - A permanent method available to men and women who do not
want children in the future. The male procedure is a vasectomy and involves
cutting and tying the tubes that carry sperm. The female procedure is tubal
ligation and involves cutting and tying the fallopian tubes. Those wanting
services will be referred to local doctors for the procedures. Assistance with
payment for sterilizations is available based on need and income. It is 99.5-100
percent effective for females; and 99.9 -100 percent effective for males.
For more information on family planning
services, contact the county health center most convenient for you. Please visit
locations page for phone numbers and addresses
of county health centers.