Knox County Tennessee

Family Planning and Birth Control

There is power in planning when to have a family. Make an appointment to discuss the birth control options that are right for you.

Birth Control:

Birth control (contraception) is any method, medicine, or device used to prevent pregnancy. 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.

The type of birth control you use depends on your health and your desire to have children now or in the future. When it comes to family planning, our clinic can help you decide which is the best option for you.

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Oral contraceptives (the pill)

  • Oral contraceptives—also known as the pill—have been a safe and effective method of birth control for decades.

Depo-Provera (the shot)

  • Depo-Provera is a progestin-only hormonal injection administered by a health professional every 12 weeks.

Nexplanon (implant)

  • A small rod shaped device containing Progestin that is inserted under the skin of the upper arm.

IUD (Intrauterine Device)

  • Intra-uterine devices (IUDs) are T-shaped devices that are inserted in your uterus by a healthcare professional.

Condoms

  • Condoms are a mechanical barrier that prevent direct vaginal contact with semen, infectious genital secretions, and genital lesions and discharge. They are the most effective method for reducing the risk of infection from the viruses that cause AIDS and other STIs.

Contraceptive Patches (Prescription only)

  • The birth control patch contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. It’s attached to your skin like a bandage and can be worn on the belly, upper arm, buttocks, or back.

NuvaRing

  • The vaginal ring contains estrogen and progestin and is inserted inside the vagina. It is meant to stay in place for three weeks at a time before being removed for one week.

Emergency Contraception (Plan B)

  • A pill that can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex to prevent ovulation.

Natural Family Planning

  • Natural family planning does not involve medicine or devices. It involves keeping track of a woman’s bodily changes throughout her menstrual cycle to help her know when she is most likely to become pregnant.

Vasectomy for men who meet income guidelines

The type of birth control you use depends on your health and your desire to have children now or in the future. When it comes to family planning, our clinic can help you decide which is the best option for you.


Call (865) 215-5320 to schedule an appointment today.

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Knox County Tennessee - Health Department

Main Clinic
140 Dameron Ave,
Knoxville, TN 37917
865-215-5000

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Please Note:

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.
On the third Wednesday of every month, KCHD clinics (Women's Health, COE, CDC, Dental, TIC, Immunizations, COVID clinic and West) are closed in the morning for staff clinical education. On these days, the main location will open at 10 a.m. and the West Clinic will open at 10:30 a.m.
*All other offices will open at 8 a.m.

Infant and childhood immunizations as well as adult vaccines by appointment ONLY. Please call 865-215-5950.

1028 Old Cedar Bluff
Knoxville, TN 37923
865-215-5950

Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the first Wednesday of every month (except August), all KCHD offices and clinics are closed in the morning for staff in-service. On these days, the main location (140 Dameron Ave.) will open at 11 a.m. and the West Clinic (1028 Old Cedar Bluff) will open at 11:30 a.m.

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