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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.

Shen-Sho Tseng MD
(301) 212-9447
9075 Shady Grove Ct
Gaithersburg, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Carol K Emerson
(410) 997-8444
10910 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Raj Narain Yadav
(410) 309-4608
7070 Samuel Morse Dr
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Allyson Louise Preston, MD
(410) 997-7979
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 101
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1981

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Swati M Saraiya, MD
(410) 997-0580
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Languages
French, Hindi, Gujarati
Education
Medical School: Armed Forces Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Howard County General Hospital, Columbia, Md
Group Practice: Esposito Mayer Hogan & Assoc

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Frank J Bottiglieri MD
(410) 339-7640
6569 N Charles St
Towson, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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James Sandidge Dunn, MD
(410) 601-8691
2411 W Belevdere Ave Ste 104
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1995

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Leslie A Apgar
(410) 997-8444
10910 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Paul Israel Valove, MD
(410) 730-6673
11085 Little Patuxent Pkwy Ste 106
Columbia, MD
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1973

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Gary Blechman
(410) 740-7559
5755 Cedar Ln
Columbia, MD
Specialty
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

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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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