Family planning is a comprehensive plan of care and professional guidance that helps women decide when the time is right to have a child and then prepare themselves for pregnancy and motherhood. Family planning can include birth control and sterilization, fertility treatments, and management of unintended pregnancies, as well as treatments to help women optimize their health prior to pregnancy.
Today, there are a wide variety of birth control methods available, including permanent sterilization options, and each has its advantages. Scheduling an office visit is the best way to learn about all your options and what is best for you.
Sterilization should always be considered permanent. While some types of sterilization like tubal ligation can sometimes be reversed, reversal is not always possible. In rare cases, some women have become pregnant after tubal ligation. The risk of becoming pregnant after a tubal ligation procedure is higher among younger women.
Plan B is an oral medication taken after unprotected sex to help prevent pregnancy. Plan B works to help prevent the release of the egg from the ovary, and it may also help prevent fertilization of an egg that’s already been released. Plan B is not intended as a form of regular birth control, in part because it’s not as effective. Instead, it helps women who have had unprotected sex or have sex after forgetting to take their birth control pill.
Dr. Smith is skilled in treatments aimed at helping women overcome infertility issues and successfully conceive a child. Many women benefit from hormone treatments to regular ovulation and stabilize levels of estrogen and progesterone. Some women may need to consider in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) or other options. Scheduling an appointment is the first step in determining which option would be most appropriate.
STDs have the potential to cause problems during pregnancy and delivery. STD screening is a part of the family services treatment options offered by Dr. Smith. Ideally women will be tested prior to becoming pregnant so the infection can be taken care of before pregnancy occurs. For women who test positive during pregnancy, a treatment plan can be developed to minimize risks to the developing baby.
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