Family Planning

The decision to have children is complex. For many women, family planning isn’t just about deciding whether to have kids, but also determining when. A family planning doctor can be your greatest partner in planning your family – regardless of where you are in your timeline. Family planning services are available to men, women and couples who:

  • Want to begin having children right away
  • Want children now, but are having difficulty conceiving
  • Want children eventually, but would like to wait a few months or years before conceiving
  • Feel their families are complete and do not wish to conceive in the future

Frequently Asked Questions

Could I benefit from family planning services?

If you are of reproductive age, you could benefit from family planning. By visiting with a doctor, you can find ways of either preventing pregnancy or achieving it – all in a timeframe that meets your short-term and long-term family planning goals.

Questions for your physician about reproduction and family planning:

If you’re discussing having a baby or just want answers to help you plan for your future reproduction goals, it’s time to speak to your physician. Below are a series of questions you may want to ask during your next visit.

  • Will It Take Long To Get Pregnant? It’s impossible for anyone to predict when you’ll get pregnant. Some are able to conceive on their first try, while years of unprotected sex may result in no pregnancies at all for others. As you physician, they’ll be able to make an educated guess based on your health.
  • When Is It Time To Stop Birth Control? It can take some time to get pregnant after ceasing to take birth control. Those that involve hormones and alteration of your cycle can continue to alter your cycle for a few months after you stop using them. Physical contraceptives, like an IUD, will need to be removed before you can get pregnant.
  • Is It Safe To Get Pregnant on My Current Medications? Some medications can make it unsafe to become pregnant. Speaking with your physician can help you determine if there are alternatives, or if you can safely stop taking it for the duration of your pregnancy.

Are there reverseable options available?

These choices are perfect for those who aren’t ready to have children, or have had one or more children and intend to have more. A large variety of options are available, but the most common are listed below:

  • Birth Control Pills – These pills make it possible for women to manage their reproductive options by taking a daily pill. In addition to preventing pregnancy, these pills are sometimes used to manage hormone imbalances and menstrual problems.
  • NuvaRing – This is a reversible form of birth control that is applied by the women in a 3-week on, 1-week off cycle. This provides excellent control of your cycle without requiring any additional maintenance.
  • Nexplanon – This device is insertable and can remain in place and be effective for up to 3 years. It works by releasing progestin over time, which is effective in preventing pregnancy.
  • IUD (Intrauterine Device) – This form of birth control is inserted into the uterus through the cervix and can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years before needing to be replaced without the use of hormones.
  • Liletta – This form of contraceptive has an effective period of up to 3 years. It is used for reducing how many days the patient bleeds during the month, but does require regular monitoring.

What should I expect during a family planning consultation?

You will meet with your family planning doctor to discuss your goals for conception or contraception in the coming months and years. You’ll answer a series of questions about your personal and family health history, as well as whether you have successfully conceived in the past. If applicable, your doctor will discuss your options for treatment, such as birth control, fertility treatments, or sterilization.

Will I need to follow any special instructions after visiting with a family planning doctor?

Possibly, but it depends on your short-term family planning goals. For example, if you are opting for a daily contraceptive, you may be instructed to take a birth control pill at the same time every day without exception. If you are trying to conceive, you may be advised to modify certain lifestyle habits in order to facilitate a healthy pregnancy and also improve the chances of conception.

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