The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
If you need additional patient educational resources, please feel free to visit the American Congress of Obstetrician and Gynecologist patient page.
Family planning is a process in which an individual or couple comes up with a strategy of when to become pregnant and how to use birth control methods to carry out these plans. Family planning is a concept typically used by a female-male couple to control when, how and if they conceive. For this reason, it is not necessarily synonymous with birth control, as adoption, sterilization and abortion also fall under the family planning umbrella.
Education is a large part of family planning. Health care professionals can provide information and counseling for people who may not understand the impact that having a child brings to their health, finances and lifestyle. This is especially helpful for those living below the poverty line or in developing countries, especially when access to medical facilities is limited. Educating people on birth control options means lessening the maternal and infant death rate, limiting the spread of STIs, and increasing life expectancy. These resources are often available free or at a reduced cost to those who qualify.
For couples who may be experiencing difficulty conceiving, family planning may include fertility treatments, assisted reproductive technology, or adoption opportunities. Ongoing counseling is essential for this group as well, especially when considering the emotional impact of fertility treatments and the financial and legal aspects of adoption.
With approximately half of the pregnancies in the United States still considered unintended or unplanned, family planning is an invaluable resource for all people.