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Family planning refers to making decisions regarding how many children one has and the intervals between the children. When it comes to creating life or starting a family, it may seem inappropriate to excessively plan this way, but family planning is an extremely important thing to consider for anyone who is in their reproductive years. Proper family planning ensures that parents can offer the very best to their current and future children.
Contraception may be used to prevent pregnancy, or to delay pregnancy (for example, if one has just had a child) until a more suitable time. Many contraception methods are available. Condoms are widely available and inexpensive, and also protect against sexually transmitted infections. The second most widely used means of contraception is the oral contraceptive pill. Permanent methods of contraception include “having one’s tubes tied” (a vasectomy for a man or a tubal ligation for a woman).
Making a decision regarding contraception does not occur as a once-off event. Decisions will need to be re-evaluated as one goes through life and circumstances change. The cost of contraception, its permanency and potential risks or side effects should be considered when planning contraception.
Family planning clinics
Regardless of your relationship or marital status, your circumstances or your age – advice on family planning is your right. Family planning clinics are found everywhere in the world, and professionals from different backgrounds can assist you in making decisions and acquiring contraception you may choose. They can also advise you on the best spacing or intervals between your children, based on your unique situation.
This information is this article is intended for general purposes only. If you have any concerns about your health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.