Family planning and reproductive health are crucial components of women’s overall health and well-being and require inclusive and nonjudgmental support from a healthcare provider, like a family physician or women’s health physician.
A woman’s physician or a family physician can provide a woman with access to information,services, and choices they need to gain increased control over their reproductive health and make informed choices about their overall health.
In this blog,we discuss ways in which a physician can offer supportive care to women for family planning and reproductive health.
Education and Counselling
A family practice physician or a gyneologist can educate women about family planning options, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care.They may also provide information on the importance of child spacing, various family planning methods, their effectiveness, and the potential side effects of each method.
The right education and information about contraception methods, sexual health and safety, and abortion can empower women to make informed choices that align with their lifestyle and reproductive goals. Family practice physicians and gyneologists respect women’s privacy and maintain confidentiality to create a safe and trusted environment where women can openly discuss their family planning or reproductive health concerns with them.
In addition to providing education and counseling on contraception, a family practice physician or a gyneologist can also offer contraceptive services that include a range of methods and interventions aimed to prevent unintended pregnancy.
The doctor can prescribe hormonal contraceptives, such as birth control patches, pills, and rings, as well as provide or administer short-acting and long-acting reversible contraceptives like intrauterine devices (IUD) and contraceptive injections. Additionally, they can also recommend diaphragms and cervical caps, female condoms,and other contraceptive methods based on the healthcare needs, lifestyle, and reproductive goals of the woman.
Anyone who is experiencing trouble conceiving or maintaining pregnancies can receive preconception care from a family practice physician or women’s physician. These healthcare providers can optimize women’s health before they become pregnant.
They do this by screening them for potential health issues, addressing their chronic health problems, and providing lifestyle modifications that can improve fertility and their chances of having a healthy pregnancy.
Prenatal and Postnatal Care
A women’s physician or family practice physician also offers regular prenatal checkups to monitor the health and development of the baby,as well as postnatal care to address the breastfeeding challenges of women and manage their postnatal recovery.
Safe Abortion Services
In New York, women can get an abortion up to and including 24 weeks of pregnancy. A woman can also get an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy if their health is at risk or the pregnancy is likely not to survive. A women’s physician or family practice physician can offer safe abortion services to minimize the health risks and complications associated with unsafe abortion services.
STD Screening and Prevention
Women’s physicians or family practice physicians also offer screening for diseases that are primarily transmitted through sexual contact. They aim to detect these diseases, prevent their spread, reduce complications, and protect woman’s sexual health.
By offering pre-exposure prophylaxis, a family physician can protect women who are at high risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases like HIV.
Family Planning Services in the Bronx
At Starling Diagnostics, we have a team of highly trained and skilled family practice physicians and women health practitioners who are committed to offering a comprehensive range of healthcare services to women of all ages regardless of their health status,family planning goals,or lifestyle. We also offer cutting-edge diagnostic testing services to women, including 3D mammograms, DEXA bone density scans, ultrasounds, and much more.
To learn more about the family planning services and reproductive healthcare services we offer or to schedule an appointment, contact our staff today by calling (718) 319-1610 or, if you prefer, use our convenient, secure online request form.