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Charles County Health Department

Charles County Department of Health

Family Planning

Family Planning is the process of choosing when to have children. The goal of the Maryland Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program is to reduce unintended pregnancy and to improve pregnancy outcomes by assuring that comprehensive, quality family planning and reproductive health services are available and accessible to Maryland citizens in need. The Program administers the Federal Title X Family Planning Grant. Maryland’s activities are consistent with the Title X’s mission “to provide individuals the information and means to exercise personal choice in determining the number and spacing of their children.”


Babies Born Healthy Services for healthy birth outcomes

    • Pregnancy testing & counseling
    • Pregnancy care navigation
    • Quick Start & Plan B availability
    • Referral coordination
    • Reproductive health individual & group education.
    • Free folic acid/multivitamin distribution

Family Planning Clinical Services to promote planned pregnancies and reduce unintended pregnancy.

  • Birth control methods
  • Counseling and education
  • High risk referral coordination
  • Assistance with insurance and support service coordination

Comprehensive Women’s Health Services including:

  • Gynecological and breast services

STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) Services

  • Screening & treatment
  • High risk referral
  • Coordination and follow-up
  • Partner notification, screening & treatment

The target population is low income women. We see patients with and without insurance, women without insurance are charged using a sliding scale, no one is turned away because of inability to pay.

This program provides high quality, cost-effective family planning and related preventative health services.

Available birth control methods:

  • The pill – Oral Contraceptives that are taken daily.
  • Quick Start – Oral Birth Control that is started the same day it is prescribed.
  • Depo provera – Hormone Injection taken every three months.
  • IUDs – Intrauterine Devices that prevent pregnancy for 5-10 years.
  • Nuvaring – Hormonal Contraceptive inserted into vagina once a month.
  • Diaphragms – Shallow Cups inserted into the vagina prior to intercourse.
  • Male and female condoms – Applied before intercourse to protect against pregnancy and STIs.
  • Vaginal film and foam
  • Natural method counseling – Basal body temperature, calendar, cervical mucus, and rhythm methods.
  • Abstinence – Refraining from sexual activity is the only way to protect against STIs and pregnancy.
  • Plan B Emergency Contraceptive – Available for those who have had unprotected sex within the last 3 days. This pill greatly reduces the chance of becoming pregnant when taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex. It is not a form of birth control.

Services and method preference is based on screening eligibility.

We accept insurances, and those without insurance are charged on a sliding-scale.

 Appointments are available and walk-ins may be accepted if necessary.

CCDOH-Reproductive Health Brochure Version 7-1-17