Women’s Issues: Utah Program Provides Women with Free Birth Control

Researchers at the University of Utah has partnered with Planned Parenthood to launch HER Salt Lake, a program which provides women with a variety of birth control devices free of charge.

These free birth control includes oral contraceptives, vaginal contraceptive rings, contraceptive injections, implantable rods and IUDs, which are all available in participating health centres.

“We know that birth control is not one-size-fits-all and that people may need to switch methods to find the best birth control for themselves, so HER Salt Lake helps participating patients continue or switch methods, for free, for up to three years,” said Kyl Myers, a spokesperson for the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative.

The program aims to educate patients about family planning, reduce public spending on unintended pregnancy and birth, and help women avoid unplanned pregnancies, with the goal of providing free birth control to at least 7,000 women.

“We want to help empower people to accomplish their goals and research shows us that people have better health outcomes and more enduring relationships with their partners and their children when they are able to plan their families,” said Myers.

“I love being a part of the HER Salt Lake Contraceptive Initiative and helping people accomplish their goals, whether their goals are graduating college, getting a promotion, remaining childfree, or planning and spacing the children they want.”

Myers also wrote on Rewire that programs like these could help reduce costs on public systems.

“Publicly funded family planning services have been shown to save $7.09 for every public dollar spent,” wrote Myers. “Helping women control if and when they get pregnant is a win-win for women, families, and states.”

Anyone aged 16 to 45 is eligible for the free birth control, which can be obtained at the following health centres until March 25, 2017:

  • Salt Lake, 654 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
  • West Valley,1906 West 3600 South, West Valley City, UT 84119
  • South Jordan, 1091 South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, UT 84095

For more information and advice on birth control, visit HER Salt Lake website.