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Public Health - Seattle & King County

Birth control "Take Charge" plan

Women, men and teens who want to avoid an unintended pregnancy can get birth control, medical exams and counseling about when or if to have children. These services are free if you qualify.

About Take Charge

Take Charge offers women:

  • An annual gynecological family planning visit that includes a pap smear
  • Office visits directly related to a family planning problem when medically necessary
  • FDA approved prescription birth control methods such as:
    • Birth control pills
    • Birth control patch
    • Birth control vaginal ring
    • Injectable and implantable hormonal contraceptives
    • Diaphragm, cervical cap and cervical sponge
    • Male and female condoms
    • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
    • Spermicides (foam, gel film, suppositories and cream and
    • Emergency contraception
  • Tubal ligation (sterilization)
  • Very limited screening and treatment for STD's under special circumstances
  • Education and supplies for contraceptives, natural family planning, and abstinence

Take Charge offers men:

  • FDA approved over the counter contraceptives including male and female condoms and spermicides
  • One session of contraceptive counseling every 12 months
  • Vasectomy (sterilization)

Take Charge providers in Washington state

To apply, make an appointment at any Public Health Family Planning Clinic nearest you.

Qualifying for Family Planning Take Charge

Find your income and family size on the following chart. If your monthly income is below or near the amount on the following chart, you may be able to get Family Planning Only services.

Number of people in family
Family Planning Only "Take Charge"
Approximate income per month
Up to $2,394
Up to $3,232
Up to $4,069
Up to $4,907
Up to $5,744
Add $838 for each additional family member
Income levels effective April 1, 2013

How to apply

How to get help:

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