If you and your partner are sexually active, it’s important to consider family planning. These services can help you better plan for the future and prevent unwanted pregnancies. At Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D., in Houston, Texas, the highly experienced team provides a variety of family planning services, including oral birth control, intrauterine devices, and even surgery. To schedule an appointment today, call the office or book a consultation online.
Family planning is a medical specialty that helps couples determine the size of their family. To achieve these goals, family planning uses birth control methods, including hormonal medication and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
Family planning contributes to improved health outcomes for children, women, and families. Some other services included under the umbrella of family planning include:
Additionally, family planning includes preventive screening measures like mammograms and Pap smears.
The greatest benefit of family planning is that it helps prevent unwanted pregnancies. Not everyone who is sexually active wants children. Thanks to modern advances like oral birth control, it’s possible to have a healthy sex life without starting a family.
Family planning also encourages good sexual health. Regular check-ups, preventive screenings, counseling, and education significantly lower the transmission of STDs.
The providers at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. offer a comprehensive suite of family planning services, including:
Oral contraceptives are prescription medications used to prevent pregnancy. Most oral contraceptives contain the female sex hormones estrogen and progestin. When combined, these hormones prevent the release of an egg from your ovaries.
Contraceptive injections prevent pregnancy by releasing the hormone progestin into your bloodstream. In addition to preventing ovulation, contraceptive injections thicken the cervical mucus. This prevents sperm from fertilizing an egg.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) are T-shaped pieces of plastic or copper that your provider inserts into your uterus during a quick outpatient procedure. IUDs release the hormone progestin into your body at specific intervals. If you decide you’d like to start a family in the future, your provider can remove your IUD at any time.
If you’re done having children or you don’t want to have children, you might want to consider a more permanent family planning solution like sterilization surgery. There are two types of sterilization for women –– hysterectomy and tubal ligation. The doctors at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. offer both on an outpatient basis.
The type of family planning that’s right for you depends on your health history, goals, and sexual activity. Following a comprehensive physical exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your lifestyle, your provider can make recommendations that align with your needs.
Schedule a family planning appointment at Fernando Bueso, M.D., P.A. and Francisco J. Bueso, M.D. today. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online.