Family Planning, Reproductive Health

Neighborhood Health Center provides Family Planning/Reproductive Health Services in Washington County.

Neighborhood Health Center’s family planning clinic allows you to decide if you want to have children, when you want to have them and how many children you want to have. We offer a physical exam, including PAP smears. Birth control methods are offered at reduced or no cost.

We offer birth control pills, Depo-Provera injections, foam and condoms, female condoms, contraceptive ring, emergency contraception, diaphragms, IUDs, counseling and referral for vasectomy and information on abstinence as methods of birth control. Physicians, nurse practitioners and nurses provide education and counseling about the method you choose and about your reproductive health.

Neighborhood Health Center provides Family Planning Services for Washington County in two locations: Hillsboro Clinic and Beaverton Clinic. For information about our THE CLINIC [Youth Clinic] for ages 12 – 24 held Tuesday, 3-7 pm, click here.

We offer Family Planning services to women and men with a wide scope of reproductive and sexual health services.

Our Family Planning program provides the following services:

  • Annual women’s exams
  • Birth control method supplies
  • Birth control information and counseling, including vasectomy
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Sexually transmitted infection screening and treatment
  • HIV/AIDS testing and counseling
  • Sterilization options and referrals

We do not provide pregnancy/maternity care. For local maternity care providers, please ask any one of our team members.

Eligibility

Any male or female aged 15 years of age or older is eligible for our services. No one will be turned away because of their county of residence, citizenship status, income, gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed. Services are low cost or may be free if you qualify for the Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCare) program. CCare offers free contraceptives and annual exams to women who qualify based on citizenship and financial guidelines.

Pregnancy testing is done with full options counseling.

Through the Oregon Contraceptive Care (CCARE) program, many services may be covered for qualified applicants. Quick screening for CCARE is done at the clinic. Eligibility, once established, is good for one year. Clients may also use the Oregon Health Plan or private insurance. A sliding fee scale is available for clients who do not qualify for CCARE or who do not have other insurance coverage. No one is denied services because of inability to pay.

Web Links

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection
  • Pregnancy Testing
  • Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Infection

Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases as women who are not pregnant. Pregnancy does not provide women or their babies any protection against sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, the consequences of a sexually transmitted disease can be significantly more serious — even life threatening — for a woman and her baby if the woman becomes infected while pregnant. As the list of diseases known to be sexually transmitted continues to grow, it is increasingly important that women be aware of the harmful effects of these infections and know how to protect themselves and their children.

Web Links

Pregnancy Testing

Pregnancy can be a happy and exciting time in a couple’s life. If, however, the pregnancy is unplanned or occurs in a teenager, it can cause a stress and create possible risks for both the child and mother. Neighborhood Health Center is here to support men and women in their decisions about pregnancy.

If you want to avoid pregnancy right now, we can:

  • Offer you emergency contraception if you’ve had sex without birth control within the last 120 hours (5 days)
  • Help you decide on a Method Option that’s right for you and your partner
  • Test you for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Do your annual exam

If you are trying to get pregnant right now, we can:

  • Talk to you about what you can do BEFORE you get pregnant to make sure you have a healthy baby
  • Test you for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

If you think you might be pregnant right now, call us at 503-941-3016503-941-3016 to make a confidential appointment for a pregnancy test. For more information about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, see Pregnancy and Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Sexually Transmitted Infection

Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by a variety of bacteria, viruses and other organisms. Bacterial STDs, such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis, can be cured with antibiotics. STDs caused by viruses, such as Genital Herpes, HPV Infection, Hepatitis B and HIV infection cannot be cured, but most can be treated to relieve symptoms and help prevent complications. If untreated, STDs can have consequences ranging from mild brief illness to serious complications such as infertility, tubal pregnancy, cancer, stroke, and death. Many STDs can cause serious health problems, including death, in infants born to infected mothers.

STDs are passed from one person to another through vaginal, anal or oral sex, but generally not by kissing. Most STDs cause no symptoms at first and persons do not know they are infected until they are tested or complications occur. A person has a much greater chance of catching HIV if he or she already have another STD. Similarly, HIV is more easily transmitted to others if the infected person also has another STD.

Program Purpose

Our STD Program strives to reduce the frequency of STDs and their complications, and ultimately to eliminate STD and HIV transmission to others.

Services

  • Urine or vaginal swabs for chlamydia and gonorrhea
  • Blood-testing for hepatitis B and C and syphilis
  • Blood testing for HIV

Neighborhood Health Center does not recommend herpes blood tests. STD / genitalia exams will be performed on-site.