Maine Family Planning offers affordable, affirming, quality reproductive health care services statewide for patients of any age, gender, and income level. Maine Family Planning clinic staff treat all clients with respect and care.
Pregnancy testing and options counseling are available at all of our clinics. Our skilled counselors can review all of your options and provide referrals for whatever decision you make. You can reach out to All Options to discuss your pregnancy. We provide preconception counseling if you are planning a pregnancy.
Come to any of our clinics to get emergency contraception.
EC used to be called the “morning after pill”. There are two types of EC pills and an IUD that can be used after unprotected sex to prevent a pregnancy:
Come to any of our clinics to get testing and treatment for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted infections, vaginal infections and urinary tract infections.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) can be very serious. If you think you are at risk, contact your local family planning health center.
The best way to prevent STDs is to use condoms during sexual activity or to abstain from sex completely. You can pick up condoms at any Maine Family Planning clinic.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV finds and destroys a type of white blood cell (T cells or CD4 cells) that our immune systems need in order to fight disease. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. Having AIDS means that HIV has weakened the immune system so much that the body can not effectively fight infections.
The only way to know whether you are infected is to be tested for HIV. You cannot rely on symptoms alone because many people who are infected with HIV do not have symptoms for many years. Maine Family Planning offers rapid, confidential HIV testing.
The most effective ways to prevent HIV are to use condoms during sexual activity and/or to abstain from sex and IV drug use completely. Maine Family Planning provides consultations and prescriptions for PrEP, a daily pill that significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection.
Modern treatment allows individuals with HIV to live longer, healthier lives than in the past. Treatment improves the health of people with HIV and lowers the risk of transmitting the virus to others. MFP can provide referrals for treatment.
Maine Family Planning offers Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) at our clinics in Augusta and Belfast.
During an IUI procedure, a provider inserts sperm into the uterus using a small catheter to facilitate fertilization during ovulation.
IUI is an option for all patients, single, coupled, queer or straight who are seeking alternative insemination for making a family. For more information about IUI at MFP, please call 207-922-3222 and we can connect you to a provider for a consultation.
MFP offers low-cost, minimally invasive vasectomy procedures at our Augusta and Belfast clinics.
Please call 207-922-3222 to find out more about vasectomy services at Maine Family Planning.
Maine Family Planning offers consultations and prescriptions for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis – commonly called PrEP – a daily pill that significantly reduces the risk of HIV infection (HIV is the virus that causes AIDS). You can talk to a Nurse Practitioner at any of our 18 clinics about your HIV status, your individual risk, and whether PrEP is a good option for you.
PrEP (brand name Truveda) is an antiretroviral medication that can be taken by an HIV negative person before potential HIV exposure to reduce risk of HIV infection. When taken consistently and correctly, PrEP is over 90% effective at preventing HIV transmission through sex, and over 70% effective at preventing HIV transmission through IV drug injection.
Truvada/ PrEP is an antiretroviral drug, which means that it stops HIV from being able to replicate itself and establish itself in a person’s body. In order for PrEP to work effectively, it must be taken every day. It can take one to three weeks for PrEP to start working, depending on your individual risk factors. Your health care provider will help you figure out when PrEP will start working for you.
If you’re interested in PrEP, the first step is to meet with a health care provider to discuss whether it’s right for you. You’ll need an HIV test and blood tests to make sure you’re healthy enough to take PrEP.
The Centers for Disease Control and Maine Family Planning recommend that PrEP be considered for people who are at significant risk for HIV. PrEP might be a good choice for you if:
You should still use condoms on PrEP, as Truvada does not protect against other STIs such as syphilis, chlamydia, or gonorrhea. PrEP and condoms can be used together for increased protection against HIV.
If you don’t use a condom because they are not available or were forgotten, if the condom broke, or if you and your partner(s) just prefer not to use them, daily use of PrEP still reduces HIV risk significantly.
Keep in mind that the most effective way to prevent HIV is to abstain from sex and IV drug use.
The majority of PrEP users report no side effects. In a small number of people, there is some nausea, headaches, gas, and loose stool when starting PrEP. These symptoms almost always go away on their own after about a month. Contact your health care provider if you experience discomfort.
PrEP is generally a very safe medication for healthy people. Your health care provider will want to run some tests before prescribing PrEP and will want to monitor your health, as PrEP may worsen existing kidney conditions and can reduce bone density.
You can see a health care provider at Maine Family Planning to discuss and start on PrEP; that visit can be billed to your insurance provider. If you don’t have insurance, we can charge for the visit using our sliding scale.
The PrEP prescription itself will need to be picked up at a pharmacy (we don’t keep this medication at MFP clinics). Most private health insurance plans, as well as Medicaid, cover the cost of PrEP. If you don’t have insurance, don’t have prescription coverage, or if you have a high co-pay, there is an assistance program available that provides free medication for most people. We can help you apply for financial assistance.
When you are calculating your health costs for PrEP, remember that it involves more than just the drug itself—you will also need to account for regular blood tests and health screenings.
Maine Family Planning is pleased to inform our patients about Maine’s Family Planning Benefit program, which is available to legal Maine residents of childbearing age (male and female), including teens, with an individual income of $26,729 or less annually. Eligibility for this program is based on individual income, not household income.
The Family Planning Benefit program provides limited coverage for family planning services such as:
Patients who qualify for Maine’s Family Planning Benefit program can receive covered family planning services at no cost. Applications for MaineCare are available at all Maine Family Planning clinics as well as HERE and your local DHHS office. Fill out the application; bring it to your appointment with identification and four weeks’ worth of pay stubs.