Changes to Women’s Health/Family Planning Services due to COVID-19:
- No birth control method changes other than changes in brand of oral contraceptives.
- Patients with 3rd party payers (i.e.TennCare) can receive prescriptions for their method.
- Many services are still being provided, but please call first by dialing 865-215-5320.
Welcome to the Women's Health Clinic of the Knox County Health Department. Our clinic provides confidential services to residents of Knox County regardless of age, sex, income, race, disability or marital status.
The Women's Health Clinic provides the following services:
- Birth Control / Family Planning
- Pregnancy Testing
- GYN Wellness Care (Annual Exams)
- Breast and Cervical Cancer screening, education and referrals (for those who meet program guidelines)
Birth Control / Family Planning
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 Women’s Health Clinic at the Knox County Health Department provides the following birth control options:
- Oral contraceptives (the pill)
- Depo-Provera (the shot)
- IUD (Intrauterine Device)
- Contraceptive Patches (Prescription only)
- NuvaRing (Prescription only)
- Emergency Contraception
- Natural Family Planning
- Vasectomy for men who meet income guidelines (if funding is available)
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.
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.
At our clinic, 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 affects the lower part of a woman’s reproductive system. It 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)
Family Planning Services are available at the following locations:
- Main Health Department, 140 Dameron Ave., 865-215-5320
- The Women's Health Clinic at the main location 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. Appointments are required. There are a very limited number of same day appointments available.
- Teague Clinic, 405 Dante Rd., 865-215-5500
- Please call for availability and/or appointments. The Teague Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, 865-215-5950
- Please call for availability and/or appointments. The West Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 as well as private insurance plans, and payment plan schedules are available for women who are not insured. Proof of income is required at each visit to qualify for discounted services. Please ask our staff for more information.
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. Please ask our staff for more information.