Offered through our health center-based family practices, Family Planning at MDI Hospital includes comprehensive education and health services to help women and families remain healthy as they decide whether or when to have children.
Our services include sexuality education, pre-conception counseling and management, birth control, pregnancy tests, fertility tests, and prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections.
Birth control methods that contain hormones include the pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, the birth control shot, and the implant. We also offer a variety of barrier methods including condoms, spermicides, diaphragms, cervical caps, the sponge, and the intrauterine device (IUD).
Some types of birth control require a prescription. This means that you have to visit a family planning center or other healthcare provider to get them. You may need an exam at the first visit, but many times you will not. It can depend on what type of birth control you are getting and whether you have had sex in the past. Minors between the ages of 13 and 18 can receive birth control without parental consent, but payment must be made in cash.
If you have sex without using any birth control, if the birth control method did not work (for instance, the condom broke during sex), or if sex was forced, our family practices will provide an emergency contraception, which, in most cases, will prevent pregnancy. This is used only in an emergency—not for regular birth control.