A walk-in contraceptive clinic is now open at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
The 4th Medical Group opened the walk-in contraceptive clinic on Jan. 26. The clinic lets patients discuss and receive appropriate care to support family planning, menstrual health and pregnancy. This will bring readily available contraceptive care to active-duty females and eligible beneficiaries. No appointment or referral is needed to utilize the clinic.
This clinic is open on Thursdays and is located at Family Health in the medical building. Appointments are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Wait times and appointments may vary due to clinic volume.
Maj. Esther Guard, 4th Medical Group primary care flight commander, said the clinic is currently only open to active-duty females, with care possibly expanding to other women on base.
Clinic hours are from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. for check-in, then, from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. there will be an educational course to learn about the different types of contraceptives. At 2 p.m., patients have their appointment with a provider.
Active-duty females will have access to long-term contraceptives, which includes oral contraceptive, patches, rings, shots, rods, natural family planning and intrauterine devices in a single visit. This eliminates the need for a referral to have an IUD or birth control implant placed. If a patient would like a more in-depth appointment, the clinic can schedule one. Short-term contraceptives, such as the morning after pill, is available to TRICARE beneficiaries at any pharmacy for free without a prescription.
The walk-in clinic is opening in response to the Defense Health Agency directing all military treatment facilities to expand contraceptive and reproductive services for active-duty members and eligible beneficiaries to improve reproductive health services. SJAFB is committed to improving the health of its airmen and their families.
“Reproductive health care impacts readiness, recruiting, retention and quality of life,” said Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall. “Our policies and programs will empower families to make appropriate decisions based on their needs.”
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