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Benefits of family planning

Social and economic benefits Family planning reduces health risks to women and gives them more control over their reproductive lives. With better health and greater control over their lives, women can take advantage of education, employment and civic opportunities. Families with fewer children are often able to send those children to school so girls get […]

Hormonal methods of birth control

INTRODUCTION

Hormonal methods of birth control contain estrogen and progestin, or progestin only, and are a safe and reliable way to prevent pregnancy for most women. There are several ways that the hormone(s) can be delivered:

A daily pill taken by mouth A skin patch that is changed weekly An injection that is given once […]

Introduction to birth control

If a woman is sexually active and she is fertile and physically able to become pregnant, she needs to ask herself, “Do I want to become pregnant now?” If her answer is “No,” she must use some method of birth control (contraception).

Terminology used to describe birth control methods include contraception, pregnancy prevention, fertility control, […]

Introduction to Family Planning

What is Family Planning?

Family planning is the voluntary planning and action taken by individuals to prevent, delay or achieve a pregnancy. Family planning services include counseling and education, preconception care, screening and laboratory tests, and all FDA approved methods of contraception.

Why is family planning part of the health department?

The Centers for Disease […]