Reproductive Health

Pregnancy

Baby Center offers information about getting pregnant, as well as about pregnancy at all stages, from the early days to childbirth.

Help Assist Her offers a directory of women’s health care centers, including pregnancy centers, as well as providers of various other benefits & services that may be of help to pregnant women.

Planned Parenthood health centers may offer pregnancy testing, women’s health care, and other services for pregnant women.

Birth centers

For those with a healthy, low-risk pregnancy, birth centers may be an option for pre-natal care, birthing, and/or post-natal care. Birth centers may not be suitable for those with high-risk pregnancies and/or those unsure of their pregnancy risk.

The American Association of Birth Centers provides a directory of birth centers. Be aware of who provides your care & what their professional credentials are. The American College of Nurse-Midwives explains the differences between midwifery credentials.

Benefits for new mothers

Pregnant women & new mothers may qualify to apply for Medicaid coverage and/or to receive Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits. The USDA Food and Nutrition Service provides a directory of WIC contacts as well as toll-free phone numbers for WIC state agencies who may provide help with enrolling in Medicaid & WIC.

Aunt Bertha offers a directory of local service providers, including those that may assist with enrolling in Medicaid & WIC.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health insurance providers must cover breastfeeding benefits: breastfeeding counseling, support, and equipment, including a breast pump.

Natural family planning (NFP)

Natural family planning, also known as fertility awareness, is safe, costs little to nothing, does not require visiting a healthcare provider, and is quite effective when used consistently & correctly.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers a presentation about natural methods of family planning & their efficacy.

Resources

Apps & trackers

  • Kindara provides a fertility charting system for those aiming to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy, and/or monitor their health.
  • Natural Cycles, a certified contraception app, tracks fertility information with a two-decimal basal thermometer.

Birth control

There are several available methods of birth control. Research the available options, their benefits & drawbacks, as well as their costs, in order to decide which method(s), if any, are suitable for you.

Intrauterine device (IUD)

Also known as intrauterine conception (IUC), an IUD is a small device, typically made of flexible plastic, inserted into a uterus to prevent pregnancy. It is effective & suitable for long-term use.

Birth control implant

A birth control implant is a small, thin, matchstick-sized rod, inserted under the skin of the upper arm, that releases hormones into the body to prevent pregnancy. The rod must be replaced every few years for the birth control to remain effective.

Emergency contraception

Also known as the “morning-after pill”, emergency contraception is used to prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.

Vaccination

Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

The HPV vaccine is delivered as a multi-shot vaccine series. It can prevent genital warts & certain cancers associated with HPV.

The CDC recommends the HPV vaccine for:

  • Young women between the ages of 11 and 26.
  • Young men between the ages of 11 and 21.
  • Young men who have sex with men (MSM) & young men who have sex with men & women (MSMW) through age 26.
  • Young adults who identify as transgender through age 26.
  • Young adults with certain health conditions through age 26.

To obtain the HPV vaccine:

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