Family Planning and Birth Control

Planning if, or when, you want to have another child can help you avoid the health and financial concerns associated with an unintended pregnancy. Timing and spacing pregnancies is better for your body.

It’s important to decide what birth control method you want to use before the baby is born. Talk to your doctor, nurse or midwife about what kind of birth control is best for you.

Which birth control method is right for you?

Birth control services are confidential and the only way others will know if you are using birth control is if you tell them. You don’t need permission from anyone else to access family planning services.

Affordable Birth Control Services

Take Charge Program

You and your partner may be eligible to receive free birth control through a program called Take Charge. To find a Take Charge provider near you call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. Learn more about Take Charge services.

Family Planning Services

Many family planning clinics offer services and birth control based on a sliding fee scale. Depending on your family’s income, you may be required to pay only a certain portion of the total cost of treatment and medication. Some clinics provide services for free. To find a clinic that offers a sliding fee scale, call the Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.

Additional Resources

Prescription Assistance

Washington State offers two prescription assistance programs to help you pay for some or all of the cost of your prescriptions.

The free Washington Prescription Drug Program Discount Card gives discounts on all medications to all Washington state residents regardless of age or income. For more information call 1-800-913-4146. Learn more about the Washington Prescription Drug program and enroll online to get the discount card.

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance is a program that helps low-income, uninsured Washington residents get free or discounted medicines. For more information call 1-877-923-6779. Learn more about the Partnership for Prescription Assistance here.

If You Already Have Health Insurance

Contact your health insurance plan to find out what methods are covered and if you must pay a co-payment.

If you have Medicaid coverage for your pregnancy (also called First Steps or the medical coupon), you can get free birth control services for 12 months or one year following the birth of your baby.

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