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If you are about to start a family with your spouse, you will often hear about "family planning." But what really does it mean? Family planning is often understood as prevention of pregnancy. However, it is more than just that. Read on for more.

Whitney B Brink, MD
(515) 243-8842
Ankeny, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sd Sch Of Med, Vermillion Sd, 57069
Graduation Year: 1997
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Integra Health

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Reginald A Alexander, MD
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1975

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James Frederick Patten, MD
(515) 263-9107
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 411
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Womens Health Svc

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Stephen Michael Feltz, MD
(515) 288-3287
330 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1991

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Larry Keith Lindell, MD
(515) 282-2213
1801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1982

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Marc Alan Ewers, MD
(515) 263-9107
1301 Pennsylvania Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Womens Health Svc

Data Provided By:
Helene M Koch, DO
(319) 356-1616
2301 Beaver Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1990

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Karen M Kemp, DO
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 411
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1995

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Wendy F Hansen, MD
(515) 643-4610
250 Laurel St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1986

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Steven R Shirts, MD
(541) 885-2345
1801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1975

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Family Planning, What Family Planning Means for Dads and Moms

Family Planning - What Dads and Moms Need to Know


If you are about to start a family with your spouse, you will often hear about "family planning". But what really does it mean? Family planning is often understood as prevention of pregnancy. However, it is more than just that.

What Family Planning Really Means

Family planning refers to:
  • Deciding how many children you will have
  • Planning when to have a child and the time interval between children
  • Selecting suitable birth control methods to prevent pregnancy

What Family Planning Does NOT Mean

Due to lack of information on family planning, many couples may make decisions that can haunt them for life. Here is what you should know about family planning:

Family Planning is NOT a one-man show

Family planning is a joint decision between the husband and wife . It is important to make informed decisions based on your as well as your spouse's needs. For this, couples should work toward developing an open communication channel between both partners with consideration for each other's feelings and desires.
  • Talk about your desires and aspirations.
  • Listen to your partner to understand his or her needs.
  • Build trust by respecting your partner's feelings and accepting differences in opinion.

It is also important to speak to a family planning counselor who can guide you and your spouse through the various birth control options available and help you evaluate the pros and cons of each.

Family planning decisions are NOT universal

Each couple is different and has different needs. What may be right for you may not be right for another couple. Your family planning decisions may depend on several factors, including personal finances, health issues, and the time you and your spouse can devote for your future children.

Family planning is NOT only about abstinence

One reason many couples opt out of family planning is because they believe it involves refraining from sex. While abstinence is one of the best birth control methods, there are many other options that you can use and still enjoy a satisfying sex life.

Here are some common birth control methods and their effectiveness (according to the Family Planning Council).

Birth Control Method Effectiveness or Chances of NOT Getting Pregnant
Condoms (for males and females) 86% - 97% for male condoms
79% - 95% for female condoms
Diaphragm...

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