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Introduction to Family Planning

By Laura Sech, , University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine ; Penina Segall-Gutierrez, MD, MSc, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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A couple’s decision to begin, prevent, or interrupt a pregnancy may be influenced by many factors including maternal medical disorders, risks involved in the pregnancy, and socioeconomic factors.

One or both members of a couple can use contraception to prevent pregnancy temporarily or sterilization to prevent pregnancy permanently. If contraception fails, abortion (termination of pregnancy) may be considered.

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