Browsing Category : Family Planning

Planning Your Family: Developing a Reproductive Life Plan


What is a reproductive life plan? A reproductive life plan is a guide for you to follow as you look ahead and plan your family. It is a set of goals you set for yourself about whether or not to have children, when you want to have children, and under what conditions you would like to have children. The plan…

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Family Planning and Contraception


Many women have at least one pregnancy in their lives, and about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Planning ahead can help you avoid getting pregnant when you don’t want to be, and to be in good health if and when you do decide to become pregnant. Family planning leads to healthier pregnancies, moms, and babies. There are a…

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Preconception And Pregnancy: Special Issues


Most women have a very good chance of experiencing a healthy journey through conception and pregnancy. But sometimes, special issues arise that call for extra care and informed decisions. Don’t be afraid to discuss these issues with your health care provider. Your midwife can be an invaluable source of information and support as you work through your unique challenges. Infertility…

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How does the NuvaRing work?


I have heard that the NuvaRing releases hormones locally, not systemically like the pill, but I don’t really understand what that means. Can you explain? –Terri K.   It is correct that the NuvaRing, which you place in your vagina for 3 weeks, releases hormones directly into the vagina. That’s what “locally” means. However, those hormones are absorbed through the…

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