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Family Planning in Cincinnati, OH

Many women require guidance from a trusted medical professional with regards to birth control, fertility and family planning. Crescent Women’s Medical Group, led by board-certified gynecologists (OB-GYN) Drs. Chandra Gravely and Cindy Hansel, provides comprehensive gynecologic care, guidance and family planning options for women in the Cincinnati and Blue Ash areas of Ohio.

What Is Family Planning And Why Is It Necessary?

Family planning is the area of family medicine that assists couples in planning the number of children they want and provides birth control or contraceptives. Couples can plan their family individually or may seek guidance from a medical professional. Our specialists can assist you by providing information and guidance to help you choose which options are best for you.

Family planning assists you in preventing pregnancy when you are not ready to be a parent. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost half of all pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned. Dealing with pregnancy when you are unprepared for it may mean a significant financial, physical and emotional burden, and may interfere with your plans in life, such as completing an education or furthering your career.

Is Family Planning The Same Thing As Birth Control?

Birth control is an important aspect of family planning, but family planning can also include pre-pregnancy testing, counseling, and guidance that helps women and couples take control of their reproductive plans and helps ensure that when they do become pregnant, they will be ready.

Will Contraceptives Help Me Avoid Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)?

Condoms are the only form of contraceptive that also assists in preventing transmission of STDs. Used correctly condoms provide significant protection against pregnancy and STDs, though it’s not 100 percent safe. The only way to completely avoid contracting an STD is by practicing abstinence.

Which Methods Of Birth Control Are Available To Women?

There are many forms of birth control available on the market. Oral contraceptives, commonly referred to as “the pill,” offer convenience, but contain estrogen and progesterone. Women may also choose a patch or a vaginal contraceptive ring or receive hormone injections. Intrauterine devices (IUDs), spermicidal creams and female condoms are other options that are also available.

How Can I Tell Which Type Of Birth Control Is Best For Me?

Choosing the right birth control is a highly personal decision and you may choose to use different forms of birth control at different times in your life. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one is the best for you. The best type of birth control for you is the one you feel most comfortable using, and among different women, this will vary. Our team of specialists will review the different birth control options available to you so you can choose the product that you’re most comfortable using. Among the most popular options are:

  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs) such as Mirena®, Paragard®, Skyla®, LILETTA®
  • Depo-Provera injections
  • NuvaRing®
  • Implanon®
  • Tubal and Essure® sterilizations
  • Oral contraceptives and condoms

Is Family Planning Only For Couples?

No. Any heterosexual woman of reproductive age who is sexually active should consider choosing a birth control method to prevent unplanned pregnancy unless you are ready to become pregnant. Our team of experts can help you choose the best method for your lifestyle.

Are IUDs Safe And Effective?

Yes, IUDs are a safe and effective form of contraception that has been safely used by thousands of women for years to prevent unwanted pregnancy. All forms of birth control entail some degree of risk, but with proper guidance, you can minimize the risks and feel confident with this method. IUDs have a plastic “tail” that extends into the vaginal canal so you can easily make sure that the IUD is properly in place prior to sex.

How Can A Gynecologist Assist With Fertility When I Am Ready To Start My Family?

About six percent of married women aged 15 to 44 are unable to conceive naturally within a year of trying. Approximately more than 10 percent of women aged 15 to 44 have difficulty carrying a pregnancy to full term. A gynecologist can assist you with information, guidance and treatment options. You may choose from among the following approaches:

  • Evaluating the potential causes of your difficulty in becoming pregnant.
  • Normalize menstrual cycles and increasing chances of fertility by making lifestyle changes, such as improving nutrition and exercise routines.
  • Oral medications to induce ovulation.
  • Artificial insemination or, in most cases, intrauterine insemination (IUI).

If these methods do not restore or increase fertility, you may consider more intensive fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization. A specialized fertility clinic can assist in evaluating your condition and recommending the best course of treatment.

What Is Preconception Counseling?

Preconception counseling is a service that involves several components and is designed to make sure you have a healthy pregnancy. First, counseling helps identify any medical conditions that could potentially put you in a high-risk pregnancy category. Secondly, counseling provides guidance and suggestions for optimizing your overall health before becoming pregnant – since naturally, the healthier you are, the healthier your baby will be. Finally, preconception counseling provides a confidential and compassionate environment where you may ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have about pregnancy, parenthood, and your overall health. During preconception counseling, our specialists will work with you to establish a lifestyle regimen that sets you up to be as healthy as possible before you conceive your baby, focusing on diet and exercise, smoking cessation and health screenings. In some cases, genetic testing may also be prescribed.

At Crescent Women’s Medical Group, we offer family planning counseling and treatment options to women residing in Cincinnati, Blue Ash, and the surrounding communities of Ohio. Contact us for an evaluation so we may assist you in choosing the best options for you.