Family Planning FAQs

Anyone 14 years of age and older can access services at the family planning clinic.

When will my test results be in?
We do Rapid HIV and Hep C testing, which gives results in 25 minutes. Other STD test results generally come back within 2-7 days. We typically only notify those clients whose results are positive. Pap smear and colposcopy results usually take 1-2 weeks. For other labwork, such as cholesterol testing, you will receive either a letter or a phone call from your provider.

Are emergency contraceptive pills available, and do I need an appointment to get them?
Emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs) are available on a walk-in basis, without an appointment. Because of the nature of the FCPH Clinic, we are able to offer these at a reduced cost, based on income. They are best taken within 72 hours of unprotected intercourse, but can be given up to five days afterward.

How do ECPs work?
They work in a number of ways. Primarily, they work by thickening up the mucus in the women’s cervix and fallopian tubes, preventing the egg and sperm from meeting for fertilization. Also, they may prevent the ovaries from releasing an egg. ECPs can be up to 89% effective, if used correctly.

I am late in getting my Depo injection for birth control. What should I do?
We recommended that you use a backup method of birth control, such as condoms, and come into the clinic as soon as possible for further assessment.

Can I have an annual exam if I have my period?
In most cases yes. Menstrual fluid and tampon use may interfere with pap smear results. However, because of nationwide changes in testing guidelines, many women will no longer be having a yearly pap smear at their annual exam. If you have any questions, please call and ask to talk to a nurse.

How are men tested for STD’s?
A male STD exam typically consists of a urine test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, and a genital exam. We also encourage being tested for HIV, which is done via a blood sample from the finger. Based on your risk factors, your provider may also recommend a blood sample for Syphilis, Hepatitis B or C, or Herpes.