Birth Control & Family Planning
Do you want to prevent a pregnancy? Do you want to be tested for a sexually transmitted infection? If your answer is "yes" to either of these questions, the Family PACT program may be able to help you.
What is Family PACT?
Family PACT is a program that provides eligible low-income men and women, with access to convenient, confidential family birth control services, as well as education, counseling and treatment. This includes access for minors (persons age 17 or younger). Minors do not need permission from parents to enroll.
Family PACT can give you:
- Birth control pills, patches, shots, and implants
- Emergency contraception
- Intra-uterine contraceptives (IUDs)
- Female and male condoms
- Spermicides and diaphragms
- Female and male sterilization
How Do I Apply?
Applying for the Family PACT program is easy. You can make an appointment with a Family PACT provider. They can help you with the simple application process, and qualify you for services right at their office. Most local health clinics in Sonoma County will be able to help you. Call (800) 427-8982 for assistance.
Emergency contraception (EC) can prevent pregnancy up to five (5) days after unprotected sex. Women can chose to have an IUD inserted or take a special type of birth control pill, also known as the morning after pill. EC is not the same thing as Mifeprex or RU-486, which terminates an early pregnancy. EC helps to prevent pregnancy. It is safe and doesn't work if a woman is already pregnant.
Most healthcare providers will dispense emergency contraception pills in advance with other birth control methods, or will prescribe it over the phone without a visit. Eligible women can obtain EC from a Family PACT provider at no cost. Medi-Cal will also cover prescriptions for EC.
Participating pharmacies may dispense EC to women and men 17 years and older without a prescription for a consultation fee, plus the cost of the EC pills. The cost at Planned Parenthood is about $30 and about $50 at a local drug store.
For more information and to find a participating pharmacy, visit www.not-2-late.com.
Are you unsure about your pregnancy?
Planned Parenthood provides abortion services in Sonoma County. They accept most forms of health insurance. To learn more, visit the Planned Parenthood website or call (707) 527-7656.
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Bedsider Birth Control Network
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