As the name implies, family planning is a service that helps women to build (or not) their families intentionally and safely. This ability has been called one of the top-10 great public health achievements of the 20th century, and we're doing our part here at Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology.
To give you an idea of what you can accomplish through our family planning services, the highly skilled team of women’s health experts here at our practice present the following.
Education first and foremost
At the heart of our family planning services is education — we want you to understand your options. We take the time to listen to your considerations and your preferences, and then we recommend avenues that will help you best meet your goals.
For example, perhaps you’re looking for a long-term solution for preventing an unplanned pregnancy and you want a method that doesn’t require a great deal of thought on your end. Or, you do want to get pregnant soon, but not quite yet.
Whatever your circumstances and wishes, we’re here to help you find the best possible solution.
Managing your reproduction through birth control
One of the primary goals of family planning is to prevent unplanned pregnancy, which we can accomplish through birth control.
We offer a wide range of birth control options that include:
Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
An IUD offers protection against pregnancy in one of two ways — either by controlling your hormones or by forming a barrier against sperm. IUDs enjoy an incredibly high efficacy rate of 99%, and they offer protection for many years.
Birth control pills or patches
When it comes to hormonal contraception, we offer birth control pills or patches that regulate your hormones in a way that prevents pregnancy.
If you’d prefer not to take a daily pill or to wear a patch, we can provide you with a vaginal ring that you insert into your vagina. The ring regulates your hormones to prevent pregnancy and lasts up to five weeks, at which point you take out the old ring and insert a new one.
Going a more natural route
If you’d prefer not to take birth control, but you still want to control when you become pregnant as best you can, we can offer some guidance here. Whether it’s creating a fertility awareness plan or turning to outercourse or the withdrawal method, we provide you with the information you need to implement these planning methods in the best possible ways.
Transitioning to reproduction
When and if the time comes and you want to get pregnant, our team is here to help. First, if you’re using birth control, we end this by removing or stopping it..
Then, we work with you to ready your body for conception, providing you with counseling and services to help facilitate pregnancy.
When you do become pregnant, our excellent obstetrics team oversees your prenatal care.
If you have more questions about family planning or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our family planning specialists, contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, by clicking here.