Health

Methods of Family Planning

Every woman has been accorded the right to carry out family planning. There are a variety of family planning methods available in the market today. They include pills, IUDs, and Depo-Provera injections. These birth control options enable the woman to accommodate family planning needs without interrupting her lifestyle. The facility for birth control in Providence allows the woman to learn and understand the methods available and choose the one that suits her.

Family planning services

If it is the first time that you want to start planning for your family, you are offered initial family planning services. It entails giving you examples of the family planning option available with their pros and cons being outlined. The experts in this field also carry out a review of your past and present medical history. The specialists also conduct a health assessment to identify any existing condition to weigh if the hormonal family planning methods are safe for you. It is also a way of ensuring that the family planning method does not alter your body’s normal functioning, including increasing your blood pressure.

After agreeing on the safest option, you are given the right prescription to use the patches or pills. There are other in-office services also provided for the Depo injections and IUD placement.

What is an IUD?

The intrauterine device is a family planning method placed into your uterus to prevent the sperm from meeting the ova. The IUDs are of two types. First, the hormonal IUDs make your uterus lining thin to prevent the sperm from reaching the oviduct where fertilization occurs. The hormonal IUD that has progestin also stops ovulation.

The second one is copper IUDs, making the uterine lining swell, thus creating an unfavorable environment for the sperm to survive. Hormonal IUDs can prevent pregnancy for around five years, while the copper IUDs usually prevent pregnancy for up to ten years.

How does the Depo injection work?

The Depo injection usually contains progestin hormones that prevent conception for three months. It functions like the pills by increasing the amount of mucus at the cervical opening, thus hindering ovulation. The injection is administered after every three months and is effective if given on a timely basis.

This method is preferred by many rather than pills because there is no need to take it every day. However, it is only a family planning method; thus, you must engage in safe sex to prevent STIs.

Permanent methods of family planning

Permanent methods are usually used when the couple is not planning to have more kids. The doctor performs a small surgery that involves either cutting or burning your fallopian tube to prevent fertilization. A small incision is made on the abdomen to reach the fallopian tube. It is referred to as laparoscopic surgical technique. It is a minor surgery usually done because it takes a shorter time to recover than open surgery.

Finally, if you seek family planning services, you can consult Dr. A. Michael Coppa, M.D, who will discuss the method available with you broadly. He will also assist you in choosing the best family planning method for you. You can schedule to consult him online or call the Cranston office to get in touch with him.