Family Planning, Birth Control, and Contraception

Melanie Menning, Peter Schindler

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Before discussing family planning, birth control, and contraception, it is crucial to define the terms. Family planning/birth control are contraceptive methods, treatment of infertility, procedures, devices, and behaviors that allow people to obtain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. Contraception is a subset of family planning/birth control, defined as the intentional use of artificial methods or other practices to prevent pregnancy. The primary forms of contraception are a barrier method, hormonal, nonhormonal IUD, and sterilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFamily Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples and Practice: Eighth Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030544416
ISBN (Print)9783030544409
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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