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Family planning refers to the control of the number of children you would like to have and the intervals between their births. This is usually achieved by contraception or sterilization.
Family planning is often considered or put in place to ensure that the right recourses are available to achieve individual goals of preventing or achieving a pregnancy.
There is a variety of contraception methods available for women. You can find detailed explanations of the variety in our blog post ‘The (Almost) A-Z of Contraception’.
Some common methods include:
Natural family planning is a method of contraception where a female tracks her menstrual cycle to gain understanding of when it is most likely for her to fall pregnant.
There are several different methods of achieving this information from your cycle effectively and it is advice that you speak to a health professional for more advice before you attempt natural family planning.
Pregnancy symptoms can vary between each female but the most common sign is a missed period. Other symptoms of pregnancy can include:
It is recommended that if you think you might be pregnant that you use a pregnancy test to determine results.
Always follow the instructions in the patient information leaflet of your pregnancy test before you begin the test.
You can use most test within the first day of a missed period. If you do not know when your next period is you should take the test 21 days after unprotected sex.
If you are trying to get pregnant there are things you and your partner can do to increase your chances.
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