Before Pregnancy

Family planning is when a woman plans the number and spacing of her children. Birth control is one way to plan when your want to start a family, limit the number of children you plan to have, or plan how long you want to wait before becoming pregnant again. If you do not use some method of birth control, your chances of getting pregnant are at least 85% each time you have sex. Not having sex is the only method that is 100% effective, but can be a challenging method for couples.

There are many methods of birth control that are safe and effective to use while nursing a a baby. For your health and the health of your children, it is best to space pregnancies at least 18 months apart. Take the opportunity to discuss your plans for birth control or pregnancy spacing with your doctor. Together, you can find the method that will work best for you.

The decision about birth control is very personal. When deciding, you may think about your past experience with different methods. You may also consider your future plans for children, religious beliefs, and whether or not your are exclusively breastfeeding. Health factors such as if you smoke, have liver disease, have blood clots or a family member has had blood clots, taking medications or herbal products are all very important topic to discuss with your health care provider. By learning about birth control, you can choose a method that works best for you and your family at each stage of your childbearing years. Listed below are the many types of birth control available to you so that you can take control of planning your family and your future.

Understanding your menstrual cycle improves your chances of getting pregnant. In the following links learn about the the menstrual cycle and test your knowledge about getting pregnantPregnant Hispanic woman holding stomach





Infertility means not being able to get pregnant after one year of trying (or 6 months if a woman is 35 or older). Women who can get pregnant but are unable to stay pregnant may also be infertile. In this section, learn about what causes infertility, treatment options, and where to go for help.


Preconception, or before pregnancy, health means doing things now to keep you healthy and protects the health of a baby you may have in the future. Every woman should think about her health whether she plans to have a baby in the future. One reason is that 1 in 3 pregnancies in Utah were not planned.











Being and staying healthy through out lives in an important goal for many of us. Eating healthy, exercising often, not smoking, and seeing your doctor once a year for a well-woman exam are just a few ways we can reach that goal.