If you’re sexually active but want to avoid getting pregnant, you may want to consider investing in family planning. At Raintree Healthcare in Allen, Texas, primary care providers Yuri Cook, MD, FAAP, Hoang Ho, MD, and the team offer a variety of family planning services, including prescription birth control and intrauterine devices (IUDs). To learn more about your family planning options, make an appointment today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.
Family planning is a branch of health care that enables individuals to determine the number and frequency of children they have. It also works to provide birth control, which is any method you use to prevent pregnancy.
If you’re sexually active but don’t want to start a family, family planning can protect your health and prevent an unwanted pregnancy.
There are several different types of birth control. The type you most benefit from depends on your overall health and individual needs. Following a physical exam and review of your medical history, the team might recommend:
Hormonal birth control treatments use hormones, similar to the ones in your body, to stop the release of an egg. Popular examples of hormonal birth control include stick-on patches, oral birth control pills, insertable vaginal rings, and implants. All hormonal birth control options require a prescription from your primary care physician.
An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped piece of metal or plastic that your Raintree Healthcare provider carefully inserts into your uterus. Some IUDs release small amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy, but there are non-hormonal options as well.
Barrier birth control options prevent sperm from making contact with your egg. Common examples of barrier birth control include male condoms, diaphragms, and cervical caps.
These types of birth control don’t require a prescription, but to achieve the best possible outcome, they do require you to pay attention. This means looking carefully for any holes or tears and putting them on carefully. In addition, only condoms can prevent STDs.
If your partner’s condom breaks while you’re having sex or you forget to take your oral birth control, you might need emergency birth control. This type of birth control can prevent a pregnancy 3-5 days after having unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it, the better.
Currently, there are three types of emergency birth control; some require a prescription, and others don’t.
To determine the type of family planning treatment you’ll benefit most from, make an appointment with the team at Raintree Healthcare.
Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and a discussion of your goals, your doctor can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
If you’re relatively healthy and lead a busy lifestyle, your provider might recommend an IUD or implant. They’re incredibly effective and well-tolerated. Oral contraceptives are a good option for those who can remember to take a pill every day at the same time.
To learn more about your family planning options, make an appointment at Raintree Healthcare today by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool.