Family Planning

Before women had access to birth control, they had little power to decide how fast or how large their family grew. Now, the wide range of effective contraception and family planning options means you can make choices about how many children you want, and when you want to have them. Advantage Health Care in Wood Dale, Illinois provides comprehensive family planning services, including birth control, to residents of the DuPage County area. Call or Request your appointment online today.

Family Planning Q & A

Q.What is family planning ?

Family planning empowers you to set goals and take action in deciding how many children you want to have and when you want to have them.

Family planning means different things to different people, depending on where they are in life. If you’re still in college or you’ve just graduated, for example, family planning may mean finding the right form of birth control to help you avoid getting pregnant.

If you’re a newlywed and you’re ready to start having children, family planning may mean deciding how you want to space your pregnancies, so both you and your children are healthy.

For some women, family planning means taking steps to ensure you can no longer become pregnant once you’re done having children, which may include some form of permanent birth control.

Q.What are my birth control options ?

Finding the birth control that fits your life and using it consistently is one of the best ways to avoid pregnancy or manage the timing and number of pregnancies you have.

The five general forms of birth control are:

Hormonal methods
Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC)
Barrier methods
Emergency contraception
Permanent birth control

The physicians at Advantage Health Care provide several top-tier LARC options, including ParaGard® copper-releasing IUDs, Mirena® hormone-releasing IUDs, and Nexplanon® implants.

They also offer birth control pills as well as NuvaRing®, a hormonal vaginal ring that you wear for three weeks at a time.

Q.Why is it healthier to space pregnancies ?

Medical research indicates that spacing pregnancies very close together can be less healthy, both for you and your child. Because pregnancy and breastfeeding deplete maternal nutrient stores, closely spaced pregnancies may not give you enough time to recover your own health.

For your baby, becoming pregnant less than six months after giving birth increases the risk of:

Low birth weight
Premature birth
Placental abruption
Congenital disorders

Second-born children also have a higher risk of developing autism if you become pregnant less than 12 months after giving birth to your first child.

Q.What are other benefits of family planning ?

Family planning is intended to give you control over your life as well as to help you avoid unplanned pregnancy. Not only can contraception give you the time and space you need to decide whether you ever want to become a parent, but it can also allow you to make parenthood a reality on your own terms.

Because family planning is one of the best ways to avoid an unintended pregnancy, using effective family planning strategies means you’re less likely to have to consider other options, such as adoption or abortion.