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Family Planning & Reproductive Health

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Our Family Planning and Reproductive Health program provides services such as birth control counseling, contraceptive methods, pregnancy testing and referrals, sexually transmitted infection and HIV counseling, testing and treatment, breast exams, cervical cancer and HPV screening and referral for colposcopy services to women of childbearing age.

Talbot County Health Department

510 Cadmus Lane
Easton, MD 21601

Hours: COMING SOON IN AUGUST 2024! Mondays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Services are available on a walk-in basis, but making an appointment is highly recommended.

Phone: (410) 819-5600

Services & Eligibility

Services available through the Family Planning & Reproductive Health program include:

  • Gynecological exams (including breast exam, pap smears)
  • Contraception (birth control) methods and counseling
  • Emergency contraception up to five days after unprotected sex
  • Pregnancy testing, counseling and referral
  • Free condoms
  • Vasectomy and tubal ligation referrals
  • Screening for cervical cancer
  • Colposcopy referrals for abnormal paps
  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
  • Health promotion/disease prevention

Eligibility:

  • Services are available to people of all genders. 
  • Services are available to anyone in need of contraception.
  • Federal law allows teens to get confidential reproductive health services without parental permission. We do encourage teens to involve a parent or guardian in all health care choices.

Cost:

The Health Department accepts Medicare, Medicaid and some private insurances and self-pay. A sliding fee scale is available for services based on eligibility criteria, including insurance status and age.

Maryland Medicaid (Medical Assistance) 

Medicaid provides insurance coverage for family planning services for women and men who are age 51 and younger. Eligibility for Medicaid is based on income. Covered services include physical exams, screenings for breast and cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections, and contraceptive management and emergency contraception. 

The only way to know if you qualify for Medicaid is to apply. The Health Department can help. Call us at (410) 819-5600. Or visit Maryland Health Connection to apply online.

Birth Control

Our Family Planning program offers confidential services to teens and women of childbearing age. Our goal is to help you plan your family on your terms, through counseling and access to a wide variety of birth control methods to help prevent unplanned pregnancies. 

Our trained and compassionate staff can help you determine the birth control method that is right for you. In addition to helping you select a birth control method, we ensure you understand the proper use, effectiveness, and potential side effects of your options. 

The Talbot County Health Department offers the following birth control options:

  • Abstinence: Not having sex will prevent unplanned pregnancies. If abstinence is your goal, our staff can help provide counseling and resources to help support your choice. 
  • Condoms (male or external): A latex or polyurethane condom is placed over a man’s penis to keep semen from entering a woman’s vagina. Condoms will help protect you from sexually transmitted infections. You can buy condoms without a prescription. Condoms are also available free of charge at the health department.
  • Condoms (female or internal): A polyurethane condom is placed inside the woman’s vagina. The man’s penis goes into the condom.
  • Oral Contraceptives (birth control pills): A pill that should be taken at the same time each day. You need a prescription to get pills, which can be obtained at the Health Department.
  • Depo-Provera: A shot/injection that works for 3 months. You must get a shot every 3 months from your health care provider.
  • NuvaRing: Flexible vaginal ring that releases ingredients similar to the pill. You place it in your vagina for 3 weeks.
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device): Must be inserted into a woman’s uterus by a doctor or clinician. Prevents pregnancy for up to 3-10 years depending on the type you choose.
  • Implanon: A flexible, matchstick-sized plastic rod inserted under the skin of a woman’s arm by a doctor or clinician. Prevents pregnancy up to 3 years.
  • Emergency Contraception:   Used within 120 hours of unprotected intercourse. Talk to your health care provider to see if this is an option for you.

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