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Chapter 8-B: Birth Control/Family Planning

 

Related Topics: AIDS / HIV | Medical Financial Assistance | Pregnancy and Services for Young Parents | Sexually Transmitted Disease

 

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Most birth control methods have one purpose - to prevent pregnancy. Some will also help prevent the transfer of infection. If you are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, you should consider some type of protection and contraception. Birth control devices are available in drugstores and pharmacies and from private physicians and health clinics.

 

Did You Know?
If you become pregnant when you are under 18, there is a risk to your health and to that of your baby. Four out of every five girls who have intercourse without using birth control will become pregnant during the first year of sexual activity. There is even a chance that you may become pregnant after only one unprotected intercourse.

 

Maryland Medical Assistance programs for Maryland residents who are United States citizens or qualified legal residents cover family planning services, including exams, screening for STDs, and birth control. Coverage for permanent sterilization (for men and women) and abortion services varies depending on the plan. Call the Medical Assistance Hotline 1-800-456-8900 for more information.

 

Resources

 

Baltimore County Department of Health - Women's Health and Family Planning Services
6401 York Road, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130
410-887-3725; TTY via Maryland Relay
Email: clinicalservices@baltimorecountymd.gov (opens in new window)
Confidential birth control counseling, information and birth control supplies and pregnancy tests. Emergency contraception (Morning After Pill) available. Fees are based on your ability to pay. You will not be turned away if you cannot pay! Please call to make an appointment between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Family Planning Clinics or Young Adult Clinics nearest you.

 

Family Planning Clinics

 

  • Baltimore Highlands-Lansdowne Health Center
    3902 Annapolis Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
    410-887-1003

 

  • Dundalk Health Center
    7700 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
    410-887-7182

 

  • Eastern Family Resource Center
    9100 Franklin Square Drive, 1st Floor
    Baltimore, Maryland 21237
    410-887-0400

 

  • Essex Health Center
    201 Back River Neck Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    410-887-0246

 

  • Hannah More Health Center
    12035 Reisterstown Road
    Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
    410-887-1152

 

  • Liberty Family Resource Center
    3525 Resource Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21133
    410-887-0600

 

  • Woodlawn Health Center
    1811 Woodlawn Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21207
    410-887-1332

 

Young Adult Clinics
All young adult clinics are held from 2:30 pm to 6 p.m. Days of service vary with location of clinic

 

  • Baltimore Highlands-Lansdowne Health Center
    3902 Annapolis Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21227
    410-887-1075
    First Wednesday and second Monday

 

  • Dundalk Health Center
    7700 Dunmanway
    Baltimore, Maryland 21222
    410-887-7182
    First and fourth Thursday

     

  • Essex Health Center
    201 Back River Neck Road
    Baltimore, Maryland 21221
    410-887-0246
    First and fourth Wednesday

     

  • Hannah More Health Center
    12035 Reisterstown Road
    Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
    410-887-1152
    Third Wednesday of each month

     

  • Liberty Family Resource Center
    3525 Resource Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21133
    410-887-0607
    First Tuesday of each month

     

  • Woodlawn Health Center
    1811 Woodlawn Drive
    Baltimore, Maryland 21207
    410-887-6803
    First and fourth Monday of each month

 

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Maryland Medical Assistance - Family Planning Program
Call 1-855-692-4993 (toll-free) for information or to request an application. Application also available online.
Provides medical services to eligible low-income women under 51 years old and for women who lost their Medicaid coverage after they were covered for a pregnancy under the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP).  The Family Planning Program is a limited benefit package. Visits to a doctor, nurse practitioner, nurse midwife, or clinic for many birth control services will be covered including advice about birth control methods; physical exams, including pelvic and breast exam; screenings, such as pap smears and sexually transmitted infections when done as part of the family planning visit; birth control pills and devices, such as IUDs; emergency contraception; and permanent sterilization (must be age 21 or over). Abortion and infertility treatments are not covered.

 

All Maryland Medical Assistance programs for Maryland residents who are United States citizens or qualified legal residents cover family planning services, including exams, screening for STDs, and birth control. Coverage for permanent sterilization (for men and women) and abortion services varies depending on the plan. Call the Medical Assistance Hotline for more information. Call the Medical Assistance Hotline for more information: 1-800-456-8900

 

Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Counseling and guidance in the selection of birth control. Provides variety of birth control methods, including long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) and Vasectomy and routine gynecological exams. Emergency contraception (Morning-After pill) available. Accepts most Maryland Medical Assistance and most major commercial insurance. A sliding fee scale is available for those without insurance who qualify. All Maryland Medical Assistance programs for Maryland residents who are United States citizens or qualified legal residents cover family planning services, including exams, screening for STDs, and birth control.

 

 

  • Towson Health Center
    1714 Joan Avenue
    Loch Ridge Shopping Center
    Baltimore, Maryland 21234
    410-665-9775

 

Whole Woman's Health of Baltimore
7648 Belair Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21236
410-661-2900 for information and hours; Empowerment Line: 1-800-997-7942
Privately-owned feminist organization, committed to providing holistic care for women. Offers routine gynecological examinations, birth control and abortion counseling, birth control services and devices. Walk-in emergency contraception - no prescription necessary. Individual and family counseling provided.