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Family Planning West Des Moines 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.

Laura Kay Andreson, DO
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 2002

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Beverly Louise Belsheim, MD
(515) 223-5466
1226 Grand Ave Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1987

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James F Patten
(515) 263-9107
12339 Stratford Dr
Clive, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Jerry Arthur Hancock, MD
(515) 288-3287
5901 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Ob/Gyn Associates

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Carol Schmidt Swegle
(515) 875-9290
5950 University Ave
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Ellen Beth Roose, MD
(515) 223-5466
1226 Grand Ave Ste 100
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: West Des Moines Obstetrics

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Richard John Peirce, MD
(515) 283-0463
2707 Hickory Ridge Dr
West Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Anesthesiology, Obstetrics And Gynecology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Medical Center Anesthslgsts

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Tracey A Roehrkasse
(515) 263-9107
12339 Stratford Dr
Clive, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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Dr.Margaret Livingston
(515) 267-8300
Central Iowa OB/Gyn Specialists, PLC, 5901 Westown Pkwy Suite 240
West Des Moines, IA
Gender
F
Speciality
Gynecologist (OBGYN)
General Information
Hosptital: Central Iowa Ob Gyn
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1.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Christopher M Johnson
(515) 267-8300
5901 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Obstetrics & Gynecology

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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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