To put it in simple words, family planning treatment is the practice of controlling the birth rate of children in families. It takes into account the number of children a couple wishes to have, including the option of remaining childless by choice, as well as the age and time when they wish to have children, the intervals between births, and others.
Given that all external factors are good to go and that the couple is sexually active, then family planning refers to the use of contraception to control the timing of reproduction. Some of the very common family planning methods often prescribed by gynaecologists are long-acting, reversible contraception such as an implant, an intra uterine device, hormonal contraception such as contraceptive pills – “the pill”, injection and vaginal rings. Some other techniques are barrier methods such as condoms and diaphragms, fertility awareness, emergency contraception, permanent contraception such as vasectomy, and tubal ligation.
Many a times, in case of unwanted or unplanned pregnancy, couples decide to go for family planning abortion. However, if you are considering an abortion, make sure that you see a gynaecologist in less than nine weeks of pregnancy Talk to him/ her about the many different abortion methods available, discuss the pros and cons of undergoing this form of treatment, and then finally take a decision. Also, talk to two doctors to make your abortion legal, discuss your problem of going ahead with the pregnancy with a counsellor, see a a family planning specialist, and then proceed with your treatment method.