Birth Control/Family Planning

Jefferson County Community Health Clinics

                     Call us at 360-385-9400
 
The Family Planning Clinic at Jefferson County Public Health in Port Townsend provides services similar to Planned Parenthood including birth control information and methods, exams, Pap smears, pregnancy tests and referrals, and sexually transmitted disease (STD) information and testing.  LGBTQ+ are welcome.

Birth Control Services

Below is a list of different birth control methods with brief descriptions. Talk with a provider to get more detailed information on how to use birth control, or to discuss which method would be best for you. 

Condoms

Male

Condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on your penis during sex. Condoms provide great protection from both pregnancy and STDs. Condoms need to be placed on the penis before sex. They are easy to use and easy to get.

Female (internal) Condoms

Female or internal condoms are inserted into the vagina to protect from pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections.

Cycle Beads

This is a way to track your menstrual cycle and when you are most fertile. This is an excellent method to assist in becoming pregnant.

Depo Injection

The shot is 94% effective. The depo shot (AKA Depo-Provera) is an injection you get from a nurse or doctor once every 3 months. It’s a safe, convenient, and private birth control method that works really well if you always get it on time.

Diaphragm and Fem Cap

The diaphragm/fem cap is 71-88% effective when used “perfectly”.  The diaphragm and FemCap are barrier methods that are only effective if used with spermicide and placed correctly in the vagina prior to any intercourse.  It also needs to remain in place for 8 hours after the most recent sexual activity.

Emergency Contraception

Ella

Ella emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after sex. It is more effective than other morning-after pills, but you need a prescription to get it, which means you need to see a provider to be given it. Ella lowers your chances of getting pregnant by 85 percent if you take it within 5 days after unprotected sex.  Like all birth control, Ella is not 100% effective.  We recommend getting a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after taking Ella.

Plan B (Emergency Contraception)

The Plan B pill works best when you take it within 3 days after unprotected sex. You do not need a prescription for Plan B, this is given out on a walk-in basis. We offer it for $10 or we can bill insurance. Plan B can lower your chance of getting pregnant by 75-89% if you take it within 3 days after unprotected sex. Like all birth control, Plan B is not 100% effective.  We recommend getting a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after taking Plan B.

Implant

The implant is 99% effective. The birth control implant (AKA Nexplanon) is a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick. The implant releases hormones into your body that prevent you from getting pregnant.  Nexplanon is effective for three years, but can be removed sooner.

IUD

The IUD is 99% effective. An IUD is a tiny device that is inserted in your uterus by a medical provider to prevent pregnancy. It is long-term, reversible, and one of the most effective birth control methods out there.   The IUD is placed during an office visit and is effective from 5-10 years, depending on the type used.  We offer the following IUD’s at the clinics: ParaGard (copper) is good for 10 years, Mirena, and Kyleena (both have low-dose hormone) are each good for 5 years.

NuvaRing

The Ring is 91% effective. The birth control ring (AKA NuvaRing) is a safe, simple, and affordable birth control method that you wear inside your vagina. The small, flexible ring prevents pregnancy by releasing hormones into your body. The ring is very effective if you always use it the right way.

Patches

The Patch is 91% effective. The transdermal contraceptive patch is a safe, simple, and affordable birth control method that you wear on the skin of your belly, upper arm, butt, or back. Put a new patch on every week for 3 weeks, and it releases hormones that prevent pregnancy. Then you get a week off before you repeat the cycle. 

Pills

The Pill is 91% effective. Birth control pills are a kind of medicine with hormones that you take every day to prevent pregnancy. There are many different brands of pills. The pill is safe, affordable, and effective if you always take it on time.

Referral for Vasectomy or Tubal Ligation

We do consultations for referrals for vasectomies or tubal ligations. 


For more information please call 360-385-9400 to set up a Birth Control consultation.

Make an Appointment

  • Call 360-385-9400
  • Sliding-scale fees
  • Cash, Apple Health, and all insurance accepted
Family planning services are covered as free preventive health services through most insurance programs or Washington Apple Health. Washington Apple Health is free health insurance for low income individuals and families. To apply for Washington Apple Health, visit the Washington Health Plan Finder website or call 360-359-9400 for assistance.
  
  1. Main Clinic

    Physical Address
    615 Sheridan Street
    Port Townsend, WA 98368

    Phone: 360-385-9400

    Hours by Appointment
    Monday & Friday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Wednesday 1 - 6 p.m.

    Emergency Contraception Hours
    Monday - Friday
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  1. Quilcene Clinic

    Physical Address
    On Roger Street Next to the South County Clinic
    Quilcene, WA 98376

    Phone: 360-385-9400 or 360-765-3014

    Hours
    1st, 3rd, & 5th Wednesdays
    Noon - 4 .pm.


School-Based Health Centers


Comprehensive medical services, including family planning is available. Learn more about school-based health centers.
  1. Chimacum High School Health Center

    Physical Address
    Off the Commons
    Chimacum, WA 98325

    Phone: 360-302-5912 or 360-385-9400

    Hours
    Tuesday and Thursday
    9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  1. Port Townsend High School Health Center

    Physical Address
    Gael Stuart Building
    Port Townsend, WA 98368

    Phone: 360-385-9400 or 360-379-4609

    Hours
    Mondays
    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Wednesdays
    9 a.m. - 12 p.m.