Family planning is an approach to your reproductive health where you work with your OB/GYN to prevent pregnancy while taking steps to preserve your fertility and reproductive health for the future (if desired). At Cary OB/GYN, with offices in Cary and Morrisville, North Carolina, you can receive personalized family planning services tailored to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.
Family Planning Q & A
What is family planning?
Family planning involves taking an initiative to prevent pregnancy and protect your reproductive organs, so you can plan and become pregnant when (and if) you want. Just as no two women are alike, no two family planning packages are the same. Depending on your needs, your family planning package can include:
- Tubal ligation
- Tubal ligation reversal
- Hormonal birth control
- Infertility counseling
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs)
- Reproductive health and preconception screenings
- Sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening and education
Family planning is an important part of your overall health care, not just to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but also to ensure you have a healthy pregnancy when the time comes.
When should I talk to my doctor about family planning?
Family planning is something you should be discussing with a practitioner at Cary OB/GYN regularly throughout your reproductive years. You should have a family planning examination if you:
- Are sexually active
- Have signs or symptoms of STDs
- Want to become pregnant in the future
- Need to prevent pregnancy for the time being
If needed, the compassionate team at Cary OB/GYN even counsels teens and young adults about safe sex practices, preventing pregnancy, and the dangerous effects of STDs on reproductive organs. This allows them to have the education they need to make educated decisions.
What happens during a family planning appointment?
Your family planning appointment at Cary OB/GYN is your one-on-one time with a practitioner to talk about your reproductive health and your goals for the future. Depending on your needs, your family planning examination may involve:
- Breast examination
- A blood test or urinalysis
- A pelvic exam or Pap smear
- STD testing or treatment
- Prescribing birth control pills
- Implanting or inserting birth control devices
If you want to become pregnant — just not right now — your OB/GYN can even counsel you on lifestyle changes you and your partner can make to protect your reproductive health, so when the time comes, you can have a healthy pregnancy.
Learn more about family planning by booking a consultation at Cary OB/GYN today. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at the office nearest you.