Family Planning Specialists


OB/GYN located in Houston, TX

Family planning includes a broad array of options to help women take control of their health and their futures. These options include treatments to help prevent or address unintended pregnancy and care aimed at improving the health of women who want to become pregnant. At OBGYN Care in Houston, Dr. Sharon Smith offers complete family planning services to help women manage their futures. The practice offers several types of birth control, sterilization, STD screening, pregnancy and pre-pregnancy counseling, genetic testing, and Plan B, among other options.

Family Planning Q & A

What is family planning?

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.

How can I choose the right type of birth control for my needs?

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.

Is sterilization always permanent?

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.

What is Plan B?

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.

What options are available to me if I’m having trouble conceiving?

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.

What effects can an STD have on a developing fetus?

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.

Major Insurance Plans Accepted

At OBGYN Care, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield
Community Health Choice
Molina Healthcare
United Healthcare