Are you and your partner thinking about having a baby or expanding your family? Do you want to have a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery experience? Do you want to control the timing and spacing of your pregnancies and births? If yes, then you may benefit from family planning.
Family planning is a service that involves using various methods and techniques to prevent or achieve pregnancy according to your personal preferences and goals. Family planning can help you protect your health and well-being, as well as your baby’s health and development. Family planning can also help you plan your finances, education, career, and lifestyle.
Some of the benefits of family planning are:
- You can avoid unintended or unwanted pregnancies and abortions
- You can reduce the risk of maternal and infant mortality and morbidity
- You can prevent or manage sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS
- You can improve your sexual and reproductive health and rights
- You can enhance your quality of life and relationship with your partner
Some of the methods and techniques of family planning are:
- Natural methods: These involve observing and tracking your body’s signs and symptoms, such as cervical mucus, basal body temperature, or menstrual cycle, to determine your fertile and infertile days. You can then avoid or have sexual intercourse on those days depending on your pregnancy intention. Some examples of natural methods are the calendar method, the symptothermal method, or the lactational amenorrhea method.
- Barrier methods: These involve using physical devices or substances that prevent the sperm from reaching the egg. You can use them before or during sexual intercourse. Some examples of barrier methods are condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, or spermicides.
- Hormonal methods: These involve using synthetic hormones that mimic the natural hormones in your body to prevent ovulation, fertilization, or implantation. You can take them orally, inject them, implant them, or wear them on your skin. Some examples of hormonal methods are pills, injections, implants, patches, or rings.
- Intrauterine devices (IUDs): These are small, T-shaped devices that are inserted into your uterus by a doctor or nurse. They work by releasing copper or hormones that create an environment that is hostile to sperm and eggs. They can last for several years and are highly effective.
- Sterilization: This is a permanent method of family planning that involves surgically cutting, tying, or blocking the tubes that carry the eggs or sperm. This prevents pregnancy by stopping the eggs from reaching the uterus or the sperm from reaching the egg. Sterilization is suitable for people who are sure that they do not want any more children in the future.
- Emergency contraception: This is a method of family planning that you can use after unprotected sexual intercourse or contraceptive failure to prevent pregnancy. It works by delaying ovulation, preventing fertilization, or inhibiting implantation. You can take it as a pill or insert it as an IUD within 72 hours (or up to 120 hours for some types) after the incident.
At Acme Hospital, we offer family planning as one of our services to help you achieve your parenthood goals. We have a team of highly qualified and experienced doctors, nurses, counsellors, and educators who will guide you through every step of your family planning journey. We have state-of-the-art facilities and equipment that ensure the highest standards of safety and quality. We have a patient-centric approach that respects your privacy, preferences, and values.
If you are interested in family planning, please contact us today to book an appointment. We will conduct a thorough evaluation of your medical history,