Family Planning Specialist

Fulshear Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Pediatrics serving Fulshear and Katy, TX

Being able to control the number of children you have and when you have them offers many health benefits to you, your significant other, and your family. The compassionate team at Fulshear Family Medicine, serving Katy, Texas, including Heidi Schultz, MD, and Bin Sung, MD, FAAP, offers contraceptive care to assist you with your family planning. To schedule a consultation, call the Fulshear, Texas, office or click the online booking button today.

Family Planning Q & A

What is family planning?

Family planning refers to the practice of controlling the number of children you have and when you have them. The only method of contraception that’s 100% effective is abstinence. But if you’re sexually active and not ready to have children, family planning at Fulshear Family Medicine can help you get the medical care and education you need to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

What can I expect with family planning?

Fulshear Family Medicine is a full-service family medicine practice and provides comprehensive care when you come to the office seeking help with family planning. To determine how best to help you with your personal family planning needs, the team reviews your medical and gynecological history, as well as your sexual activity and future pregnancy plans. The team may also conduct physical and gynecological exams, and test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Based on the information gathered, the team works one-on-one with you to develop a plan that meets your future pregnancy plans, which may include contraception management.

What is contraception?

Contraception, also known as birth control, refers to the various methods used to prevent pregnancy. When it comes to contraceptive care, some methods work better than others at preventing pregnancy. The team at Fulshear Family Medicine can review your contraceptive options with you and determine the method that best suits your needs. 

Some of the most common types of contraception include:

Short-acting hormonal methods

The birth control pill, shot, and patch are examples of short-acting hormonal methods of contraception. These methods of contraception work by stopping ovulation, or the release of an egg for fertilization.

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) methods

LARCs include the intrauterine device (IUD), which is inserted into your uterus and prevents pregnancy by stopping sperm from reaching the egg. 

Sterilization

Sterilization is a permanent method of birth control and includes female tubal ligation and male vasectomy.

Barrier methods

The diaphragm and cervical cap are examples of barrier methods of contraception that work by blocking sperm from reaching the egg.

Many birth control methods may help prevent pregnancy but may not protect against STDs. If you’re sexually active with more than one partner, the team may suggest additional methods of birth control, such as the male or female condom, to protect against disease.

For contraception management and family planning, call Fulshear Family Medicine by phone or online today.