Are you considering having a baby in the near future? Or do you wish to delay any potential pregnancies at this time? Whether you and your partner are ready to start having children, want to continue having children, or stop having children, there is a family planning service tailored to suit your needs.
Creating an realistic, working plan as to when she gets pregnant ultimately gives the woman great control over her life- allowing herself to be fully prepared for the birth of a child or to take measures to ensure that she doesn’t become pregnant if she does not want to get pregnant or is not ready to get pregnant.
What is Family Planning?
Family planning is popularly thought of as the implementation of a plan as to when to have children, through the use of contraceptives, such as the Pill, or other methods of birth control. Besides the Pill, other common types of birth control are, but not limited to:
- Condoms and diaphragms
- Intrauterine devices (IUD)
- Tubal ligation (for females) or Vasectomy (for males)
While the use of birth control is a major aspect of family planning, there are many other aspects and factors of family planning that does not involve the implementation of tactics to physiologically control the timing of a pregnancy.
Family planning also involves:
- Learning about the woman’s menstrual/fertility cycle
- Education and understanding of any challenges of getting pregnant, such as instances of infertility
- Financial planning and readiness for the birth and rearing of a child or children
The Importance of Family Planning
Giving birth to and then raising a child demands much time, effort, energy, and resources. It is highly crucial that women and their partners take the time to adequately prepare themselves financially as well as emotionally to best meet the responsibilities and challenges of raising a child.
Historically, the cost of raising a child has steadily increased; more financial resources are needed to raise a healthy, well-developed child in this day and age than ever before. This means that making the decision to start a family requires more careful and comprehensive planning than previous generations have had to do. It is the parents who are personally responsible for making sure that their child or children receive the food, clothes, shelter, healthcare, and education that they need- family planning goes a long way to ensure that parents are capable of providing the resources to meet those needs.
Which birth control method is right for me?
There are two main types of temporary birth control: “barrier” methods and “hormonal” methods. Barrier methods are birth control methods that physically prevent sperm from reaching the eff. Hormonal methods are birth control methods that physiologically alter the processes of the body to prevent a pregnancy from occurring.
Women who want a permanent method of birth control can undergo tubal ligation or other surgical sterilization procedures. Men who wish to prevent further pregnancies on their part can consider undergoing a vasectomy (male sterilization through the surgical severing of the vas deferens).
Determining which type of birth control is best for you and personal family planning situation involves a variety of factors:
- Are you the type of person that can remember to take the Pill everyday at the same time or do you prefer having a method of birth control that doesn’t require daily action?
- Do you simply want to prevent pregnancy or are you currently trying to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as well?
- Do you want to delay having kids for the time being or do you know that you do not want to have any more kids in the future?
Because a wide range of birth control options exist- there are many different types of the Pill that are available for patients. A thorough and honest consultation with your family planning physician will be most helpful to determine the correct birth control method for you.
Family Planning at Complete Healthcare for Women
At Complete Healthcare for Women, we guide you through each and every step on your personal family planning journey. From providing patient education on the different methods of birth control that are available, to helping patients fill out any necessary forms and documents, we are here to meet all of your family planning needs.
We can help you in choosing the proper form of contraception that best suits your needs and lifestyle. Let us answer any questions you might have to get you prepared as we embark upon this exciting chapter in your life with preconception counseling!
Our outpatient sterilization procedures take minutes to perform, offer excellent protection against unintended pregnancy, and with only minimal inconvenience to your busy schedule.
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