What Is Family Planning?
At Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta, we focus on taking a natural approach when it comes to helping patients plan their families. Natural family planning does not involve hormonal birth control or intrauterine devices. Rather, it's a way of tracking your menstrual cycles to determine which days you are most fertile, whether you are looking to conceive or prevent pregnancy. Natural family planning has numerous benefits, from its cost-effectiveness to the ability to avoid the side effects of pills and devices. To find out more about gaining control over your fertility through natural methods, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerry Sotomayor at our office near Norcross, GA.
What Does Family Planning Involve?
During your office visit, Dr. Sotomayor will learn about your needs and discuss how natural family planning works. Often, this can be done during your well-woman exam. Natural family planning works by understanding your body's natural cycles and keeping track of which days you ovulate (your fertile window). If you have intercourse on the day of ovulation or the two days following, it's possible for sperm to fertilize the egg. If you wish to prevent pregnancy, you should avoid having sex on these days. You can do this by tracking the calendar, checking the consistency of your mucus, or by taking your body temperature. When the natural family planning method is followed correctly, it can be very effective (up to 99%). However, you must be willing to avoid sexual intercourse for a few days out of the month in order to prevent pregnancy.
Comprehensive Care for Women
Whether you're looking to get pregnant or you're seeking birth control options, the caring team at Gynecology and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Atlanta is here to offer support and education. Dr. Gerry Sotomayor and his experienced team provide holistic care that fits the needs of Norcross, GA patients and their families. Book an appointment at our facility to find out more about natural family planning.