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Family Planning

Many people dream of having families – usually in a specific time frame. Couples often prefer to plan the timing of their children’s births around work, finances, careers, education and life goals. Some want several children, where as others may want none. Regardless of how many children you want and when you want them, your gynecologist can be your partner in achieving your reproductive goals at every stage of life.

Did you know…

the average woman in America wants only two children? And in the U.S., the average woman chooses to have her first child between 25 and 26 years old? Of course, those are mere statistics and many women decide to begin having children in their early 20s, 30s, or even 40s. But regardless of when an average, healthy female decides to have her children, she’ll spend approximately 30 years using contraceptives or other methods of family planning in order to achieve her goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I speak with my gynecologist about family planning?

You can speak with a family planning doctor as young as puberty and all the way through your reproductive years. Regardless of whether you need help preventing pregnancy or planning it, your gynecologist can help you develop a realistic plan for achieving your goals.

What should I expect during my family planning appointment?

Your family planning appointment will include a review of your medical history and a discussion of your reproductive goals, both short-term and long-term. You’ll probably have a physical exam, which may include a pelvic exam of your reproductive organs. Your doctor will ask about the details of your menstrual cycle and what is important to you in a contraceptive. Based on that information, he or she will make a recommendation for treatment if applicable.

What types of options are available to me for meeting my reproductive goals?

There is a host of family planning resources available to women and couples who have specific reproductive goals. Examples include oral contraceptives, emergency contraception, LARC (long-acting reversible contraception) methods such as intrauterine devices and implants, fertility treatments, and permanent birth control.

A helpful website with information about different birth control options is Bedsider.org.

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