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
Listen up, men – did you think that family planning services were only for women? If you are sexually active, you can benefit from family planning health care, regardless of your gender identity. Support your own health and safety and your loved ones. Take control of your physical, emotional and sexual health by following these guidelines:
- Set goals, create a plan to meet them, take action. Family planning is not just for women. Men need to take care of their sexual health as well as protect their partner. Have you thought about your goals for having or not having children? Have you thought about how to achieve these goals? Discussing them with your partner is important. Once you have a plan, you can take action based on your personal values, goals and resources. For example, if you’re not ready to have children yet, your plan may include getting checked for STIs and deciding on a birth control method.
- Get regular checkups. Regular checkups help determine health risks early or before they become a problem. Heart attack risk factors and testicular cancer are two conditions that can be treated if caught early. Note when you feel unusual symptoms or pain. Keep track of any medications and past medical treatments.
- Know your family health history. Any diseases, disorders and conditions in the family should be written down and kept in a file that is updated regularly. Adding personal health history information to the family medical file is very important. This helps health providers screen for risk factors for disease.
- Prevent and treat STIs. Men need to get screened and treated for any STIs to protect not only their health, but also their partner’s. Some STIs can cause infertility whereas others can be harmful to a baby’s development if the mother becomes infected while pregnant.
- Stop smoking, using drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Not only are these actions very harmful to your health, but also consequences such as secondhand smoke can cause early death and disease in children and adults who live with you and do not smoke. Secondhand smoke can cause low birthweight in babies as well. Drinking too much alcohol and using drugs can cause infertility in men. If you are having trouble quitting smoking, drinking or using drugs, seek help from a healthcare professional or local treatment center.
- Prevent infertility. In addition to STIs, alcohol and drugs, many other health conditions and substances may cause infertility in men. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a list of risk factors as well as additional information on infertility in men.
- Focus on your mental health. How you think, feel and react as you cope with life’s everyday challenges are all part of staying healthy. If you're feeling stressed, you may also experience physical symptoms (such as changes in energy, sleep patterns, or appetite). If you do not feel good about your life or value yourself; or, if worry and stress do not go away and interfere with your daily life, get help. Talk with a healthcare provider and discuss treatment options.
- Keep a healthy weight. A healthy weight helps you live longer and avoids dangerous conditions. The key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight requires lifestyle changes, including a healthy diet and regular exercise.
- Support your partner. Working along with your partner may help make change easier. Develop healthier eating habits and plan meals together. Quit smoking and encourage each other to stick with it. Commit to regular physical exercise. Play sports together and when you can’t, exercise at home or via video chat. Hold each other accountable.
- Get help for problems with anger or violence.* Many people survive violence only to be left with lifelong physical and emotional scars. If someone is violent toward you or you are violent toward someone else, you need to get help immediately. Violence destroys relationships and families. You can get help to stop violence.
- Well-visits (annual checkups)
- STI screenings
- HIV testing
- PrEP treatment
- Testicular cancer screenings
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
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.
Read New Jersey Family Planning League’s official statement on the reports of coerced hysterectomies performed on immigrants detained by ICE at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia