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Family Planning Q&A

Doesn’t family planning just mean birth control?

In some cases, yes. Birth control is part of the family planning process. But, it also involves spacing pregnancies so you’re not mentally or physically overwhelmed. Family planning is not just about controlling the size of your family, it’s about managing your health. You may also discuss complex medical conditions that affect your ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term. Family planning may also involve compassionate counseling following miscarriage and guidance regarding unplanned pregnancies.

What services are included in family planning?

Our doctors offer contraceptive services, including oral medications, patches, rings and IUD, as well as other options. The doctors will consult with you, discuss your plans, and review your health history to determine options that are best for your needs and situation.

What are the most effective forms of birth control?

A hysterectomy, an IUD, or abstinence are almost guaranteed ways to prevent pregnancy. Other reliable methods include birth control pills, transdermal patches, breastfeeding, depo-provera shots or a vaginal ring. Less effective options available include emergency contraceptive pills, the withdrawal method, condoms, the sponge, a diaphragm or spermicides. Your doctor can discuss with you the pros and cons of each measure so you can make an informed choice.

What are LARC methods of birth control?

Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) is an option for some women. These include IUDs and implants. You won’t accidentally skip a dose or fail to put in your device. Semi-permanent birth control is a serious consideration, however. If you’re considering it, be honest with your doctor as you consult about the possibility of using one of these methods.

What if these types of conversations make me uncomfortable?

Our staff members and doctors do their best to listen to your concerns and fears. Sexuality and reproduction can be a sensitive topic, but one that’s essential to your health. They also work to educate you so you understand your fertility cycle for optimal family planning. Remember to be as honest as possible. What you and your doctor discuss is confidential.