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The team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine  provide personal and quality care for women in all phases of life
Located in Katy, TX, Dr. Jenkins, Dr. Torres, and Dr. Falae of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine offers family planning services to women and their partners. Family planning involves deciding the timing of when to have children, how many, and how close or far apart they are spaced. This may include counseling and education sessions with an OBGYN, contraceptives, and/or fertility treatments.

Family planning services are often discussed with patients of childbearing age. This time allows women and their partners to consider the number of children they may want as well as the spacing of their births. Patients also receive education regarding possible contraceptive methods and information on the prevention or treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Birth control and contraceptives

For women and couples who wish to space out pregnancies and take advantage of family planning services can utilize a range of contraceptive options. Although the standard birth control pill is still available, couples now have more options and greater control over preventing unplanned pregnancies.

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Hormonal contraceptives contain synthetic or man-made hormones. These hormones obstruct the body’s natural cycle of hormones to prevent pregnancy. It is important to remember that these contraceptives will not prevent STDs but only work to keep pregnancies from occurring. Women have the following birth control options:
  • Oral contraceptives - When taken as directed which is usually at the same time every day, birth control pills are effective at preventing unplanned pregnancies. The most common form uses hormones to prevent ovulation. Depending on the type used, women may still have a monthly period or with a longer cycle of the hormones, periods may occur just four times per year. Forgetting to take even a single pill lessens the effectiveness.
  • Birth control patch - Women who cannot remember to take daily pills may consider a birth control patch. This is worn on the skin on the buttocks, upper torso, or abdomen. It is changed once a week on the same day each week for three weeks. Patients go without a patch during the fourth week. The patch releases hormones into the body and is as effective as taking oral contraceptives.
  • Vaginal ring - This soft plastic ring is placed inside the vagina. It utilizes the same hormones as the pill and patch to prevent pregnancy. Women also benefit from lighter, more regular periods.
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  • Intrauterine device (IUD) - An IUD is a device that is placed into the uterus by a physician. This is a long-term, reversible, effective option for preventing pregnancy. The T-shaped device is made of flexible plastic. The device may contain hormones or copper. The IUD changes the way sperm cells move so they cannot reach an egg. This device works for years without needing to be changed. However, once a patient decides she wants to become pregnant, the IUD can be removed quickly and easily without lasting effects.
  • Hormone injections - Injections often contain synthetic estrogen or progesterone hormones. The injection is administered four times a year by a physician’s office but gives patients the convenience of not having to remember a daily pill.
For couples who are not ready to start a family or who are looking to space out their children, may want to consider family planning services and contraception. It really matters how the birth control methods are used in order to maximize their effectiveness. Women who are not ready to become pregnant must speak with a physician to discuss the options and which may be best for their lifestyles.

Many women are now choosing to postpone having children until their 30s and 40s due to careers and getting married later. As women age, the quality of their eggs diminish. For couples who have put off starting families, this may make it more difficult to become pregnant spontaneously. Unfortunately, there is no test that can give an exact time frame to let women know how much time they have to postpone pregnancies. Family planning services allow patients to achieve their desired number of children through the use of contraception and infertility treatments when necessary.

Contact the team at Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Medicine for more information on family planning services. Our professional team provides personal and quality care for women in all phases of life. Call 855-346-8610.

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