Highly trained medical personnel provide individualized care at Reproductive Health clinics around the state. At the clinics, patients may receive medical exams including pelvic exams or pap test screening for cervical cancer, contraceptive education, counseling and birth control supplies. Important preventive health measures such as blood pressure screening and screening for anemia, diabetes, basic fertility and sexually transmitted diseases are also performed. In addition, breast exams and instruction on how to perform self breast exams or testicular exams are provided. When serious health problems are detected, staff make health and social service referrals.
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The Idaho Family Planning Program receives federal money, appropriated by Congress since 1970 (called Title X) to confidentially provide uninsured or underinsured women and men, ages 10-55, with the education and contraceptives needed to plan their families and space their children as they choose.
The cost of services vary depending on income and family size. No one is refused service because of inability to pay.
Contraceptive methods, including injectable methods (like Depo Provera), birth control pills, IUDs, Nuvaring, diaphragms, condoms, emergency contraception, fertility awareness and natural family planning methods are available at most sites.
Learn more about the different types of contraceptives, to help you decide which method is right for you.
Sterilization services also are available at some sites, along with follow-up and referrals for needed care.
Family Planning Saves Money
The consequences of unintended pregnancy are serious and impose appreciable burdens on children and families. For every public dollar spent on family planning services, $4.00 are saved in Medicaid costs for pregnancy-related and newborn care.
In calendar year 2011, the Reproductive Health Program provided education, counseling and health services to more than 39,070 Idahoans through the 7 District Health Departments. The income range of clients varied, but approximately 19,316 out of a total of 22,579 clients were 150% or below the federal poverty income level. (Client counts are from unduplicated client visits).