Eighty-five percent of women who do not use contraceptives during vaginal intercourse become pregnant each year. The only guarantee against pregnancy is not having vaginal intercourse. Other contraceptive methods can greatly reduce your pregnancy risk during vaginal intercourse.
The Sedgwick County Division of Health offers the following medically recommended methods of birth control:
- Oral (the pill)
- Nuva Ring
- Intrauterine device (IUD) - hormonal Mirena and non-hormonal ParaGard
An appointment with a medical care provider is necessary prior to receiving any methods of birth control. Parental consent is not required. 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 Division of Health offers pregnancy tests. No appointment is necessary during clinic hours and results are available immediately. Parental consent is not required.
Women with positive pregnancy tests will be screened for high-risk health behaviors and education and referrals will be completed when appropriate. Women with negative pregnancy tests will be counseled and offered birth control if applicable.
Well Woman Exams
All women, especially those who are sexually active, should have an annual well woman exam. A well woman exam consists of an overall physical exam, breast exams starting at age 19 and a Pap smear every three years starting at age 21. Education will be provided based on individual patient risk factors.
Through the Maternal and Child Health Care Coordination program, young men and women, and women less than one year postpartum, will receive screening and education to encourage healthy behaviors prior to pregnancy.
The Sedgwick County Division of Health offers the Early Detection Works program which provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet program guidelines. Call 660-7300 to schedule an appointment and learn more about this program or learn more about the cancer screenings offered.