Eighty-five percent of women who do not use any form of contraception during vaginal intercourse become pregnant each year.
The only guarantee against pregnancy is complete abstinence from vaginal intercourse. Other contraceptive methods can greatly reduce your pregnancy risk during vaginal intercourse.
The Sedgwick County Health Department offers the following medically recommended methods of birth control:
- Oral ("the pill")
- Nuva Ring
- Intrauterine device (IUD) - hormonal Mirena, hormonal Liletta and non-hormonal ParaGard
- Implant (Nexplanon)
An appointment with a medical care provider is necessary prior to receiving any methods of birth control. In addition to reducing the chance of pregnancy, certain types of birth control, such as condoms, can reduce the chance of contracting sexually transmitted diseases. Read more about various forms of birth control.
The Sedgwick County Health Department offers pregnancy tests by appointment.
People with positive pregnancy tests receive screening for health risks and referrals for additional assistance or education when appropriate.
People with negative pregnancy tests are counseled and birth control options discussed if desired or appropriate.
Well Woman Exams
All women, especially those who are sexually active, should have a well woman exam each year. A well woman exam consists of an overall physical exam, breast exams starting at age 20 and a Pap smear every three years starting at age 21. Education will be provided based on individual patient risk factors.
The Sedgwick County Health Department offers the Early Detection Works program which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet program guidelines. Call 316-660-7300 to schedule an appointment and learn more about this program or learn more about the cancer screenings offered.