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Contraceptive services walk-in clinic hosted | health work

The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center offered a pilot walk-in contraception clinic at its Family Medicine Residency Clinic on the first floor of the hospital Nov. 17.

The pilot clinic is part of the Defense Health Agency’s efforts to ensure that female service members and recipients have access to reproductive health care. The pilot clinic will help CRDAMC assess the interests of beneficiaries and the support of providers, nurses and physician assistants needed to open a permanent clinic in January 2023.

Captain Logan Havemann, Obstetrician Gynecologist, CRDAMC, gave a one-hour session on all available forms of long-acting, reversible and permanent contraception, while a team of providers and nurses completed the procedures for beneficiaries who have decided to change or start a new form of contraception following the information received during the session.

SPC. Meriah Bates, cannon crewmember, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, said there was a lot of good information and examples in this session, and she [Havemann] sure knows what she’s talking about.

Bates added that the classroom session was simple and not extremely long. She said she learned more about each form and how effective they were.

SPC. Megan Aumick, Combat Medic, III Armored Corps and Monroe Health Clinic, CRDAMC, joined the session to learn more about the different contraceptives offered and how they are administered.

Aumick said contraceptives are effective, and there was also a lot of information presented about pregnancy and helping to control menstrual cycles.

Havemann described how regular birth control appointments may require two visits to a primary care clinic before receiving an intrauterine device.

She added that those delays are compounded by staffing shortages that stretch scheduling appointments sometimes by four to six weeks.

“The biggest benefit is being able to take those visits and condense them to where patients can get real same-day services without barriers or impediments,” Havemann said. “I also like the framework of the group. I think it often encourages women to hear answers to questions they may not have thought of themselves.

Lt. Col. Ryan McGill, Senior Assistant Surgeon, III Armored Corps, explained how this initiative will help prepare the Army.

“Our first-time soldiers don’t really know about these programs,” McGill said. “Like today, our session had a lot of young soldiers, and that says a lot. If they make good decisions now, then the army is heading in the right direction, and they can make even better decisions and help other female soldiers when they become senior officers.

TRICARE has information available for interested and eligible beneficiaries on contraceptive care and reproductive health information can be found at Health.mil.