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Family Planning Urbandale IA

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.

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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Claude H Koons, MD FACS
(515) 225-7201
3307 Terrace Dr
Des Moines, IA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern
Graduation Year: 1952

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Matthew Curtis Brown, MD
(515) 274-9135
3901 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1994

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Eric Glenn Garner, MD
(515) 274-0413
526 39th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Iowa Clinic

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William Hamilton Newland, MD
(515) 875-9290
526 39th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Iowa Methodist Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Newland Garner & Mintzer

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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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Mary Lynn Campbell, MD
(770) 972-0330
3000 Grand Ave Apt 1015
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: E Tn State Univ J H Quillen Coll Of Med, Johnson City Tn 37614
Graduation Year: 1986

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John Wallace Chambers, MD
(423) 476-4506
526 Polk Blvd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1969

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Robert S Sieman, DO
(515) 274-0413
526 39th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1973

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Alvadore Perry Osborn, DO
(515) 274-0413
526 39th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1998

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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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