Family Planning, Vasectomy, Birth Control

Family Planning, Vasectomy, Birth Control

FAMILY PLANNING, VASECTOMY, BIRTH CONTROL – QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

What is family planning?

Family planning is a system used to regulate the number and spacing of children in a family through the
practice of contraception or other methods of birth control.

Q: What services are included in family planning?

A:

  • Contraceptive services- birth control which includes intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants,
    followed by other hormonal contraceptives including pills, the patch, the ring, and the Depo-Provera
    shot

  • Vasectomy

  • Abstinence counseling

  • Preconception care

  • Pregnancy testing and counseling

  • Sexually transmitted disease services

  • Broader reproductive health services, including patient education and counseling

  • Breast and pelvic examinations

  • Breast and cervical cancer screening

  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education,
    counseling, testing, and referral

Q: What is preconception care?

A: Many women of reproductive age can benefit from preconception care (care before pregnancy).
Preconception care has been defined as a set of interventions designed to identify and reduce risks
to a woman’s health and improve pregnancy outcomes through prevention and management of
health conditions. Preconception care can significantly reduce birth defects and disorders caused by
preterm birth.