Obstetrics And Gynecology

Obstetrics And Gynecology Specialist
For patients looking for infertility treatment and birth control options, the San Fernando Community Health Center offers family planning services. Here, our doctors and staff can help patients throughout San Fernando Valley, California and the surrounding areas get access to important family planning care and medications.

Obstetrics & Gynecology Q & A

What is Family Planning?

Family planning services are designed to help patients or families to conceive and care for their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. These services can also help a patient if they do not wish to conceive or have children. Family planning services employ contraceptive options and infertility treatment in order to help individuals, especially women, control when a pregnancy occurs. Family planning is an important service because some of the family planning methods, such as condoms, help to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. These services also help to prevent unintended or unwanted pregnancies from occurring which could cause even great health problems for the mothers and children. Ensuring that patients have access to preferred contraceptive methods and pregnancy help is essential to safeguarding the well-being and autonomy of all patients, especially women, and works to support the health and development of their communities.

What Services Are Included in Family Planning? 

Family planning services include:

  • Contraceptive services
  • Pregnancy testing and counseling
  • Basic infertility services
  • Achieving pregnancy
  • Preconception health
  • Sexually transmitted disease treatment
  • Preventative health services such as screenings

Will an Exam Be Necessary to Receive Family Planning Services?

Depending on what type of service the person is looking for, and when his or her last physical examination was, an exam may need to be performed. When women are looking for contraceptives or trying to become pregnant an exam is usually performed. During the exam for any patient, the doctor will ask for the person’s medical history and ask about any issues currently being experienced. Patients will have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about pregnancy, contraceptives, STD testing, and other reproductive health issues. If needed, a physical exam will then be performed. The doctor will evaluate each patient to ensure they are in good health and that they receive treatment for any issues found right away. If you need to schedule a visit for a family planning service, contact the office.

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