Welcome to the Women's Health Clinic of the Knox County Health Department. Our clinics provide confidential services to residents of Knox County regardless of age, sex, income, race, disability or marital status.
Fees are based on income and family size, but no one will be denied services because of inability to pay. All East Tennessee TennCare plans are accepted for services, and payment plan schedules are available for women who are not TennCare eligible. Proof of income is required at each visit to qualify for discounted services.
The Women's Health Clinic provides the following services:
- Family Planning
- Pregnancy Testing
- GYN Wellness Care (Annual Exams)
- Breast and Cervical Cancer screening, education and referrals (for those who meet program guidelines)
Family Planning Services are available at the following locations:
- Main Health Department: the Women's Health Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Extended hours are offered on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month until 6 p.m. Phone: (865) 215-5320
- Teague Clinic: Call for availability / appointment. Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (865) 215-5500
- West Clinic: Call for availability / appointment. Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Phone: (865) 215-5950
Family Planning is a health care service that allows women to decide if, and when they want to become pregnant. Family planning helps to preserve the health of the female reproductive system through careful sexual practices and by receiving regular physical examinations.
Family Planning provides women and their partners with information on the various methods of birth control as well as instructions on how to use the chosen method effectively.
Family Planning is a positive way for women to protect their health now and in the future. Knox County Health Department offers Family Planning patients the following birth control options:
- Oral contraceptives (the pill)
- Depo-Provera (the shot)
- Contraceptive Foam
- IUD (Intrauterine Device)
- Natural Family Planning
- Contraceptive Patches (Prescription only)
- Implanon (TennCare only)
- NuvaRing (Prescription only)
- Emergency Contraception
- Vasectomy for men who meet income guidelines (if funding is available)
Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
More than 180,000 women get breast cancer each year in the United States. In Tennessee, more than 3,800 cases are diagnosed annually. Breast cancer continues to claim lives every year. In 2000, 857 lives were lost to the disease. Unfortunately, the death rate continues to rise despite the availability of free health services.
Some groups of women are at higher risk for breast cancer than others. Women over 40 years old and women who have a child after 30 are among those at higher risk for developing breast cancer. Routine breast cancer screenings (CBEs), which are performed by your doctor and mammograms (breast x-rays), may help detect cancer in its early stage.
You are eligible for a free breast cancer screening if you meet the general eligibility guidelines (you do not have insurance, your insurance does not pay for this service, and you meet income guidelines)
- Are ages 50 to 64
- Are ages 40 to 49 and have one of the following:
- A mother, daughter or sister with breast cancer
- A personal history of breast cancer
- A clinical breast exam result that is positive or abnormal
- Are ages 18-39 and have one or more of the following symptoms:
- Breast lump(s)
- Nipple discharge
- Skin changes
- Nipple changes
Cervical cancer, which affects the lower part of a woman’s reproductive system, is one of the most common cancers found in women in the U.S. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2012 more than 12,000 new cases of invasive cervical cancer were diagnosed in the U.S. and more than 4,000 women died from the disease.
Studies have found that a number of activities can contribute to a woman getting cervical cancer, including smoking or having sexual intercourse with many partners. However, the good news is that cervical cancer is nearly 100% curable if it is found early.
You are eligible for a free cervical cancer screening if you meet the general eligibility guidelines (you do not have insurance, your insurance does not pay for this service, and you meet income guidelines)
- Are ages 40 to 64
- Are ages 18 to 39 (and are in need of further diagnostic services after your initial Pap results are received)
Some clinical services require a fee which may be based on income, diagnosis and/or eligibility. Payment is due at the time of service. KCHD may bill insurers based on coverage. Proof of income and insurance may be required. No one will be denied service because they cannot pay. Ask clinic staff for more information.
Click here for a list of insurance plans currently accepted.