Celebrating Pride Month: Accessible Contraceptive Options for the LGBTQIA+ Community at Henry J. Austin Health Center

June marks Pride Month, a time to celebrate diversity and advocate for inclusivity within our communities. At Henry J. Austin Health Center, we are proud to stand with the LGBTQIA+ community and reaffirm our commitment to providing accessible and inclusive healthcare services for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 

As part of our dedication to comprehensive care, we offer a range of contraceptive options through our Title X family planning services. These services play a critical role in ensuring access to a broad range of family planning and preventive health services, including contraceptives, for individuals in need. 

Recent legislative changes in New Jersey have expanded access to contraceptives, making it easier for individuals to obtain self-administered oral, transdermal, and vaginal contraceptives without a prescription. This important step forward in reproductive healthcare aligns with our mission to empower individuals to take charge of their reproductive health and make informed decisions about their bodies. 

Contraceptive Options Offered at HJAHC: 

  • Intrauterine Devices (IUDs): Options like Mirena and Paragard offer up to 99% effectiveness and long-lasting protection against pregnancy, providing peace of mind for individuals who value privacy and convenience in their contraceptive choice. 
  • Contraceptive Implant: The implant offers over 99% effectiveness for up to 3 years, making it a reliable option for those seeking long-term contraception without daily reminders. 
  • Birth Control Pills: Providing varied hormonal combinations, birth control pills offer flexibility and customization to meet individual needs. 
  • Depo-Provera Shot: The Depo-Provera shot offers over 96% effectiveness and hassle-free administration, with just one shot every three months. 
  • Contraceptive Patch and Ring: Offering convenience and discretion, options like the contraceptive patch and ring provide over 93% effectiveness when used correctly, catering to individuals who prioritize simplicity and privacy in their contraceptive method.  

As we celebrate Pride Month, it’s essential to recognize the specific health concerns faced by LGBTQIA+ individuals, including access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare. Studies have shown that LGBTQIA+ individuals often encounter barriers to accessing healthcare services, including contraceptive care. 

At HJAHC, we strive to break down these barriers by providing accessible, culturally competent care in a welcoming and supportive environment. Our dedicated team of healthcare professionals is committed to addressing the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals and ensuring that everyone receives the care they deserve. 

If you’re ready to explore your contraceptive options and take charge of your reproductive health, we’re here to help. Contact us today at 609-278-5900 or visit How Can We Help You? – Henry J. Austin Health Center (henryjaustin.org) to schedule an appointment and learn more about the contraceptive options available at HJAHC. 

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