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 10 agencies that operate nearly 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
Some New Jerseyans have a new option to get family planning services at no cost to them. This is a Medicaid benefit program called Plan First, which is managed by New Jersey’s public health insurance program, NJ FamilyCare. Under Plan First, you can get family planning services free of charge. Medicaid also offers free or low-cost family planning services, but Plan First expands New Jersey’s Medicaid coverage for family planning only, allowing more New Jersey residents access to care by raising the income limit for Medicaid coverage of these services.
What Does Plan First Cover?Plan First is not a full health insurance plan, so you’ll still need health insurance for seeing a primary care physician and any specialists. If you get pregnant while on Plan First, your family planning provider can help connect you with resources to enroll in Medicaid coverage for pregnant women, as well as refer you to prenatal services. With Plan First, you can receive services to prevent unintended pregnancies. These services may include:
- Female and male birth control, including condoms, the pill, IUDs and more
- Pregnancy tests
- Family planning counseling
- Sterilization (tubal ligation or vasectomy)
Do I Qualify for Plan First?If you as an individual earn less than $25,605 per year, you may qualify. If there are more people in your household, the income limit increases. You must also:
- Live in New Jersey
- Be a U.S. citizen or a qualified immigrant
- Not be currently pregnant or sterile
Where Can I Receive Family Planning Services?All NJFPL provider health centers offer family planning services and accept Plan First. Regardless of whether you qualify for Plan First, you can always find affordable family planning services at an NJFPL provider health center. Find your nearest health center and make an appointment today.
New year, new you, right? The start of a new year is the perfect time to make your sexual health a priority. Here’s what your first five steps should be.
1. Schedule a Wellness VisitA family planning and wellness visit is not much different from any other doctor appointment you’ve had in the past. You’ll have your vital signs taken and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about sexual health, birth control, starting a family or anything else you might be wondering about. Depending on your health history and reason for visiting, you might have some, all, or none of the following during your visit:
- Breast exam
- Pap test
- Pelvic exam
- Pregnancy test
2. Get Tested for HIV and Other STIsThe bottom line is, if you are sexually active you’re at risk for HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). STIs don’t always have symptoms, so if you’re at increased risk, you should really get tested. You may be at risk for STIs or HIV if you have unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. You may be at risk for HIV if you share needles or syringes. Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have a sexually transmitted infection.
3. Consider Your Birth Control OptionsThere are a lot of birth control options and choosing the method that’s right for you may seem overwhelming. Luckily your health care provider can help you narrow it down. The most common type of birth control—and probably the most flexible—is hormonal birth control. Depending on what form you choose—pill, shot, patch, intrauterine device (IUD)—hormonal birth control can be short-term and easily stopped, effectively permanent for three to five years, or anywhere in between. Other types of birth control include copper IUDs (which do not contain hormones), spermicidal birth control, and barrier methods such as condoms. Condoms are a great idea no matter the situation, because they can also protect against STIs in addition to unintended pregnancy.
4. Prepare for a Healthy PregnancyIf you know—or even think—you may want to start a family, schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider right away. Getting advice early in the process will help you to build healthy habits for yourself and your family. You’ll learn all about what makes for a healthy pregnancy and get tips about how to keep yourself and your baby healthy. From prenatal vitamins to mental health topics, you’ll learn what you need to know to ensure your pregnancy is as healthy as can be.
5. Talk to Your Partner About Safe SexSo you’ve gotten your STI tests and you know how condoms can help prevent HIV and sexually transmitted infections. But what about your partner? If you’re thinking of becoming sexually active, it’s time for “the talk”. It’s important for you and your partner to be on the same page when it comes to safe sex, and the only way to make sure you share the same values is to talk about it. Here are a few things you may want to talk about with your partner:
- How to lower your risk of STIs and unintended pregnancy
- Birth control options for both partners
- If or when you’d like to start a family
- How many children you each want
Family Planning Services are for people of all genders and ages. To find a health center near you check out our Find A Health Center page.
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.