FAMILY PLANNING Q & A
Family Planning Specialist
What is family planning?
Family planning includes all the services, techniques and procedures that are designed to help women and couples take control of their futures and decide if and when they want to become parents. It may also include genetic counseling services for women and couples whose children might be at risk for certain genetic disorders and fertility treatments for couples having difficulty conceiving. Family planning also includes pre-pregnancy guidance and care to help ensure you're as healthy as possible before becoming pregnant.
Is birth control selection a part of family planning?
Yes, selecting a birth control method is a critical part of family planning. It's very important you feel comfortable with the form of birth control you've selected so you'll be more likely to use it when needed to prevent pregnancy. Our practice offers many types of birth control options so women can find the best one for their needs.
What is a high-risk pregnancy?
High-risk pregnancies are those in which the mother or the baby (or both) face certain health risks as a result of pregnancy. Some possible causes of high-risk pregnancies include:
- Older age
- Diabetes or high blood pressure before pregnancy or during pregnancy
- Chromosomal or other genetic issues
- Having had multiple prior miscarriages
- Being pregnant with more than one baby
- Drug or alcohol use
- Presence of large fibroids
Family planning can help identify some potential risk factors so they can be corrected prior to pregnancy, or if that's not possible, so you can receive the care and guidance you need to help support your health and the health of your baby during pregnancy.
What if I'm done having children?
If you don't plan to become pregnant, family planning can help by identifying lasting forms of birth control that can enable you to enjoy sex without any risk of becoming pregnant.
What are my options for unwanted pregnancies?
Dr. Frenkel is sensitive to everyone's situation. He provides solutions to unwanted pregnancies. If you would like more information please call the office.
*Individual results may vary