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Introduction to Family Planning

By Laura Sech, MD; Daniel R. Mishell, Jr., MD; Emily Silverstein, MD

Family planning involves using various methods to control the number and timing of pregnancies. A couple may use contraception to avoid pregnancy temporarily or sterilization to avoid pregnancy permanently. Abortion may be used to end an unintended pregnancy when contraception has failed or not been used.

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