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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Main ClinicPhysical Address
615 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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.
Quilcene ClinicPhysical Address
On Roger Street Next to the South County Clinic
Quilcene, WA 98376
Phone: 360-385-9400 or 360-765-3014
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.
Chimacum High School Health CenterPhysical Address
Off the Commons
Chimacum, WA 98325
Phone: 360-302-5912 or 360-385-9400
Tuesday and Thursday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Port Townsend High School Health CenterPhysical Address
Gael Stuart Building
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone: 360-385-9400 or 360-379-4609
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.