What is family planning

Whether you call it birth control, contraceptives, prevention or family planning, there are a variety of tools available today to prevent unplanned pregnancy, at no cost. Here’s more.

What is family Planning

Family planning involves educating, counselling, and birth control options to help you make decisions about when and if you want to have children. This service is helpful because if you prepare ahead for a child, you can avoid the social, health, and financial challenges that come with an unplanned pregnancy.

Family planning is available for free at any local clinic, and you will most likely be provided with one of the following options;

Short-term contraceptives

Short term contraceptives that have to be used in short time intervals – in other words, taken once a day or at three months intervals. These include the patch, pill, injection and condoms.

Long-term contraceptives

Long term contraceptives can be used for months or years to prevent pregnancy. They are usually reversible (meaning you can stop or remove them anytime). The advantage about long-term contraceptives, is that you don’t have to rely on taking them every day unlike short-term contraceptives. These include the implant and the Intrauterine Device (IUD).

Is the ‘morning after pill’ family planning?

The morning after pill/plan B should not be used as a routine method of birth control as it can pose a health risk if you’re using it constantly. The morning-after pill is intended for backup or emergency contraception only, not as a primary method of birth control.  

Dangers of home DIY emergency contraceptives

Home-made contraceptives simply do not exist, Choma. There is no medically proven home-made contraceptive that works, and many healthcare providers say that birth control mixtures made at home can be harmful to your health.

It’s important for you to figure out which method is suitable for you, based on your reproduction needs. If you’re not sure which one will work for you, speak to your healthcare practitioner who will be able to give you the best advice. You can also chat to me if you are unclear about anything.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send a Facebook message or a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).