The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center will open a weekly walk-in contraception clinic at its Family Medicine Residency Clinic on the first floor of the hospital, each Thursday morning beginning Jan. 12., from 8 a.m. until noon.

Providers will offer counseling for eligible female service members and beneficiaries of all the forms of contraception available, including natural family planning, barrier methods, hormonal methods, and long-acting reversible options like intrauterine devices (IUDs), and implantable rods (Nexplanon). They will prescribe and complete procedures for these long-acting, reversible options the same day. This will enable beneficiaries to be able to walk out with their contraception method of choice.

No appointments are necessary.

The clinic is part of the Department of Defense’s efforts to ensure that service members and their families have access to reproductive health care.

TRICARE has available information for interested and eligible beneficiaries on contraceptive care, and information on reproductive health can be found at
Individuals can also access the Decide + Be ready App for more information at

This app explains different methods of contraception, including effectiveness, how it is used, and side effects. Additionally, the app offers a section on considerations for service women with information on menstrual management and how deployment may affect different forms of birth control.

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DRES: Deployment Readiness Education for Service Women
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