Birth Control/Family Planning
Abortions are still legal and accessible in Washington State
Jefferson County Public Health Clinic healthcare providers can issue referrals for services.
Providers also prescribe all birth control services for all genders and offer counseling.
Click here Version Options Birth Control/Family Planning Headline to visit the Washington State Department of Health's website for more information about abortion.
Other helpful links:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fact sheets on abortion rights in Washington (also translated into Spanish, Russian, Tagalog, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese)
- Washington state has purchased a three-year supply of mifepristone, a safe abortion medication. This action is part of the commitment by Governor Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson to protect access to medical abortion.
For more information, visit: Abortion Rights in Washington State (WA Department of Health PDF)
Jefferson County Community Health Clinics
Call us at 360-385-9400 or text 360-774-0187
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. Find more information about birth control at: bedsider.org/birth-control
For more information please call 360-385-9400 to set up a Birth Control consultation.
External condoms are thin, stretchy pouches that you wear on the 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 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 Shot
Depo (AKA Depo-Provera) is 94% effective and 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 get it on time. You can also learn to give your own injection, if you prefer.
- Diaphragm and Fem Cap
The diaphragm and FemCap are barrier methods that are 75% effective and are only effective if used with spermicide and placed correctly in the vagina prior to any intercourse. It needs to remain in place for 8 hours after sexual activity.
- Emergency Contraception
Like all birth control, emergency contraception is not 100% effective. We recommend getting a pregnancy test 2-3 weeks after taking emergency contraception, such as Ella or Plan B.
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 a provider to give it to you. Ella lowers your chances of getting pregnant by 85 percent if you take it within 5 days after unprotected sex.
Plan B works best when you take it within 3 days after unprotected sex. You do not need a prescription for Plan B, it is available on a walk-in basis. Plan B can lower your chance of getting pregnant by 75-89% if you take it within 3 days after unprotected sex.
The birth control implant (AKA Nexplanon) is 99% effective and is a tiny, thin rod about the size of a matchstick inserted in upper arm, just under skin. The implant releases hormones into your body that prevent you from getting pregnant. The implant is effective for three years, but can be removed sooner.
An IUD is 99% effective and 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 (8 years), and Kyleena (5 years) both have low-dose hormone.
The birth control ring (AKA NuvaRing) is 91% effective and 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. You replace the ring each month and it is very effective if you always use it the right way.
The transdermal contraceptive patch is 91% effective and 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.
Birth control pills are 91% effective and 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.
Make an Appointment
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.
Main ClinicPhysical Address
615 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Hours by Appointment
Wednesday & Friday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Monday 1 - 4 p.m.
Emergency Contraception Hours
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Quilcene ClinicPhysical Address
On Rodgers Street Next to the South County Clinic
Quilcene, WA 98376
Phone: 360-385-9400 or text 360-774-0187
Chimacum Jr/Sr High School Health CenterPhysical Address
Off the Commons
Chimacum, WA 98325
Phone: 360-385-9400 or text 360-390-8560
Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 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; text: 360-390-8560
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Quilcene School Health CenterPhysical Address
Quilcene, WA 98376
Phone: 360-385-9400 or text 360-765-3014