New Jersey Family Planning League (NJFPL) is committed to providing quality family planning and related health services to all New Jerseyans who need them. We support 11 agencies that operate 50 health centers in all 21 counties.
Check with your local health center to learn more about available family planning services. These may include:
- Family planning counseling and education
- Birth control methods
- Pelvic exams
- Cervical, breast, testicular, and prostate cancer screening
- Pregnancy testing and counseling
- Basic infertility services
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI or STD) testing, prevention, education, and treatment
- Screening for HIV, PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) assessment and other services
- Referrals to other health and social services
Did you know
Even though the state is opening back up, you may feel cautious about seeking necessary medical help during the COVID-19 pandemic. These feelings are normal. However, delaying these services may negatively impact your health and possibly put you and your partner at risk. NJFPL provider health centers have put into place safety measures so that you can still access the sexual and reproductive services you need.
Accessing Services Available in a Timely MannerAll our provider agencies’ normal services are available. NJFPL health centers offer easy and timely access to these services because they are so important for your health. Birth control, STI and HIV screenings and pregnancy testing are just a few services that cannot and should not be delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Receiving timely care prevents serious health risks to both you and your partner. You should call your local health center first to ask about rules for visits. Available services include:
- Annual gynecological visits
- Breast and cervical cancer screenings
- Family planning/sexual and reproductive health services
- STI screenings
- HIV and PrEP services
- Birth control
- Pregnancy testing
Health Center PrecautionsAll NJFPL provider health centers are following the precautions set by state and federal laws as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. In addition, our providers are taking the following steps to reduce your risk of infection:
- All health centers are asking patients a few questions about their health and reason for their visit when they schedule an appointment. They are also educating patients about procedures to follow when arriving at their appointment
- Appointments are being scheduled to follow social distancing guidelines in order to avoid contact between multiple patients and staff
- Patients may be asked to wait outside the center or stay in their car until their appointment time
- Patients must come alone for their appointment, if possible, to limit the number of people in the health center
- Patient temperature may be taken when they arrive
- All patients and staff must wear masks
- Gloves and hand sanitizer are available
Ways to Lower Your RiskThe best way to lower your risk of getting COVID-19 is by following the current CDC recommendations and guidelines at all times:
- Don’t go out unless you have to - avoiding exposure to others is the only way to truly protect yourself
- If you do go out, limit trips and only have one household member go
- Wear a mask! (A 3 layer disposable mask or a well-fitting cloth mask offers the most protection to others; a bandana offers the least protection to others)
- Stay six feet away from other people
- If people who do not live with you enter your home, everyone should wear a mask and stay six feet apart
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer (containing a minimum of 65% alcohol) when soap and water are not available
- Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid touching surfaces as much as possible
- Clean and disinfect surfaces in your home frequently
Telehealth Services AvailableTelehealth services remain in place at some provider agencies for anyone who prefers or requires a virtual health visit or consultation. Not all services are available by telehealth. You should call your local health center first to see if the service you would like is available. If you need family planning and sexual and reproductive health services, don’t wait. Contact a health center near you today. We have locations conveniently located all over New Jersey.
June 2020 is Pride MonthLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated in June. During Pride, we celebrate the contributions that LGBTQ+ people have made throughout history - and reaffirm our commitment to helping all people access quality sexual and reproductive health services.
Inclusive Services AvailableNJFPL health centers support and provide services to people of all sexual orientations, gender identity or expression in a judgment-free zone. Your sexual and reproductive health is important. Services include:
- HIV prevention and PrEP (HIV prevention program and medication to lower your risk of getting HIV)
- Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment
- Birth control methods
- Cancer screenings
- Family planning services
NJFPL Health Centers are a Judgement-Free ZoneBeing honest with your health care provider is important to staying healthy and safe. But it’s also normal to be worried about privacy or being judged. If you are, it’s ok to ask your provider about privacy before you share your information. All NJFPL health centers provide confidential high quality, affordable family planning and related services to anyone in a private and judgement-free place.
Resources if You’re Struggling with Sexual Orientation or Gender IdentityAs you learn more about your own gender identity and sexual orientation, you might have questions, worries or want to talk to others who understand and share your experience. You don’t need to be alone. There are people who understand what you’re going through. Here are some online places where you can learn more about LGBTQ+ issues, events and find community:
- Garden State Equality
- The Pride Center of New Jersey
- Hetrick-Martin Institute NJ (youth services)
- Advocates for Youth
- GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network)
- Human Rights Campaign
- The Trevor Project
- Q Chat Space (Live chat, facilitated, LGBTQ+ online discussion groups)
What You Can Do to Support LGBTQ+ Friends/FamilyDo you have family members or friends you want to support, but you don’t know how? You may not know exactly how they feel, but you can let them know you are on their side and are there to listen and help how they need it. Let them know you care about them for who they are, that they aren’t alone and you have their back. Here are some ideas for offering the best support:
- Educate yourself about LGBTQ+ history and issues
- Listen! Stop talking and just lend an ear and a shoulder to lean on
- Ask what they need most from you
- Don’t assume you know a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation or that everyone around you is straight
- Speak up when you see or hear something wrong, like bullying or offensive LGBTQ jokes
- NEVER “out” someone - besides breaking a trusted bond, you may be putting your friend or family member in danger. Each person has the right to decide when and how they want to come out
What is Telehealth or Telemedicine?Many healthcare providers may be using telehealth and telemedicine services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But what do these terms really mean? While they are often used to mean the same thing, telehealth is the use of a wide range of telecommunication technologies to support and promote patient care, and telemedicine is a subset of telehealth that specifically refers to providing health care over a distance using telecommunications technology (such as phone calls or video chats). Like an in-office visit, your telemedicine appointment is secure, confidential and judgment-free.
How Does Telemedicine Work?Depending on your healthcare provider, a different online platform may be used for telemedicine services. In a video chat appointment, patients can talk with their healthcare provider while the provider performs a visual exam in real-time. No in-person contact occurs. Think of it like FaceTime but secure to protect your privacy. You may be asked to complete online health forms in advance of your telemedicine appointment or to mail in paper copies. These online platforms allow healthcare providers to text or email you a link. When your appointment time arrives, you simply click on the link and are connected via video with your provider. If you have limited access to the Internet or don’t require a visual exam, your provider may be able to perform your appointment over a simple phone call instead.
What Are the Benefits of Telemedicine?One of the biggest benefits of telemedicine appointments is that the risk of infection between patients, staff and providers is eliminated. Telemedicine also provides you with easier access to care, especially if you live in a rural area or don't have access to transportation. Other benefits include less travel time, less wait time, and no exposure to other patients.
What Family Planning Telemedicine Services Are Offered?Hormonal contraception, or birth control, may be prescribed with a telemedicine appointment. To find the best option for you, your provider may discuss risk of pregnancy, the available methods, how to use them and your preferences and priorities that fit your lifestyle. Sexually transmitted infections (STI) care via telemedicine includes STI testing (you can mail in self-collected samples), prescribed medications and home care treatment for certain (not all) STIs, at-home human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and PrEP prescriptions for HIV prevention. You will also receive education on how to prevent STIs. Medications can be prescribed to be filled at the pharmacy, mailed to you or you may be offered curbside pickup at the health center. Consultations of all kinds are available, from simple questions and concerns, to visual exams and STI services. Family planning services are easily available via telemedicine. You may discuss your contraception options, or changing or stopping your contraceptive method. You might also talk about what to do if you have an expired intrauterine device (IUD) or implant and can’t get in to see your provider or do not want to risk infection during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services may also include preparing for a healthy pregnancy or at-home pregnancy testing. Find the NJFPL-supported health center that is closest or most convenient to you and call to ask what telemedicine services are available and set up your appointment.
Did You Know
In 2018 the New Jersey Family Planning League family planning project prevented:
- 20,760 unintended pregnancies
- 7,010 abortions
- 2,020 chlamydia infections
Did You Know
The majority of Title X patients in New Jersey are young people, with 60 percent of patients 29 or younger.
Did You Know
Across the country, more than 4 million people annually rely on Title X for affordable sexual and reproductive health care services – including nearly 110,000 here in New Jersey.
NJFPL is proud to announce the launch of our new website, which focuses on providing easy access to health center locator, along with helpful information about services provided by the health centers.