Family planning is the practice of controlling the number of children and the interval between births; it is a balance between the contraceptive and fertility needs of an individual patient or couple.
Family Planning encompasses multiple forms of contraception (IUDs, birth control, etc.) and fertility management is also an integral part of the medical expertise. The experts at our practice can refer our patients to fertility specialists, if needed, and they will oversee the bloodwork and a person’s case to determine their next steps and what they can be doing to help them reach their goals pertaining to family planning.
Family planning provides several services and treatments. As such, patients are encouraged to become more familiar about the various contraceptive and/or fertility treatments.
For starters, effective family planning involves following the contraception instructions to a tee. Otherwise, it may not work the way you’d want it to.
To familiarize yourself better with this method, you’d have to go through three to six menstrual cycles. Take this opportunity to keep a record of cycle length. The menstrual cycle is a repetitive cycle of follicle development, ovulation, and menstrual flow. Ovulation, release of the egg, occurs 14 days prior to each menstrual cycle. The egg is the target. Understanding this simple fact will guide a patient whether they are trying to get pregnant – hit the target, or whether they are trying to contracept and not hit the target. It is important to remember that the menstrual cycle and the signs and signals of fertility can change from time to time; they can be influenced by other factors such as stress, travel, and illness.
When you’re ovulating, make sure to use an additional protection. The most common options include diaphragm and condoms. Aside from unplanned pregnancy, the latter also protects against STDs.