Plan your future. Plan your family. Plan your babies.

Plan your future. Plan your family. Plan your babies.

A Step Ahead Foundation of East Tennessee aims to help women get ahead in life by encouraging them to plan their lives and their babies though family planning education and access to the most effective form of reversible contraception by providing free long acting reversible contraception (LARC)- IUD, Arm Implant and Depo Provera.

Our Methods

A Step Ahead of East Tennessee hopes to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for women and children in East Tennessee.  We aim to do this by providing access to comprehensive family planning education and access to free long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) including non hormonal IUD, hormonal IUD, Arm Implant and Depo Provera Shot.

We hope to increase positive pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and the child, lower infant mortality, improve family life and decrease Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in East Tennessee.  We aim to decrease poverty by reducing economic strain and encourage career opportunities before childbirth. 

A Step Ahead of East Tennessee provides the means for women to plan each child and every step of her life through education and long-acting reversible contraception (LARC).

Hormonal IUD

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Hormonal IUD

Mirena® is a form of birth control known as an intrauterine device (IUD). It’s sometimes called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC). Mirena releases a hormone to prevent sperm from reaching or fertilizing an egg.

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Non-Hormonal IUD

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Non-Hormonal IUD

Paragard® is a form of birth control known as an intrauterine device (IUD). It’s sometimes called an intrauterine contraceptive (IUC). Paragard® is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy and has no hormones at all.

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Implant

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Implant

Nexplanon® is a small, soft, and flexible birth control implant
placed discreetly under the skin on the inside of your upper arm.  

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don't have insurance?

We will pay the full cost for any of our clients who want to receive a free IUD or implant.

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What if I have insurance?

Our partner health center will bill your private insurance first, but we will pay any co-pay and/or deductibles for Knox County residents. There will be no out of pocket costs to any of our patients.

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What does the appointment include?

With any appointment for free birth control, we provide a free woman's health screening including a pregnancy test and STD test. If you are over 21, you will also receive a free pap test.

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What is an IUD?

An IUD is a small, t-shaped piece of plastic that keeps you from getting pregnant.

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Where does it go?

A doctor or nurse puts the IUD in the uterus, which is inside a woman’s body above the vagina. IUD stands for “Intrauterine Device,” which means it is inside the uterus.

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How well does it work?

The IUD works really, really well. It is one of the best forms of birth control that exists. If 100 women use the IUD, on average less than 1 will become pregnant within a year.

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Does the IUD protect me from STDs?

Nope, absolutely not. So definitely use a condom every time you have sex so that you are protected from pregnancy AND sexually transmitted infections.

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We offer free transportation to LARC partner clinics within the Knox County.
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