Men and women need to be physically, emotionally, and financially prepared to take on the responsibility of having and caring for children. That’s why it’s important to think about and plan for a family. Have you ever thought about how many children, if any, you would like to have? Have you ever thought about if or when you would want to have them? It is important to think about these questions, because about half of all pregnancies are unintended. Family planning services offer people the opportunity to prevent, delay, space, or otherwise time pregnancy.
Did you know that planning for a pregnancy can have the following benefits?
- Women and their children are healthier.
- Parents and children get more education.
- Families have more money.
- Marriages are more likely to last.
- Family violence is less likely.
- Fathers are more likely to stay involved in their children's lives.
Access to family planning education and services can help men and women improve their overall health by reducing unintended pregnancies, teaching ways to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and helping individuals identify the early signs of illnesses such as breast, cervical, and testicular cancer
Lone Star Family Health Center is a Title V, X and XX family planning provider. Our
experienced and caring staff includes board certified Family Medicine and OB/GYN physicians. We provide professional health care in a wide variety of medical, educational and counseling services including:
- Various contraceptive choices
- Contraception counseling and education
- Pregnancy testing (no appointment needed)
- IUD placements
- Tubal ligations
- STD testing, treatment and counseling
- Nutrition counseling
- Prescription assistance and counseling, plus an on-site pharmacy
- Total prenatal care
- Normal and C-section deliveries
- Ultrasound and fetal monitoring on-site.
Our trained eligibility counselors can assist you with Medicaid, CHIP and sliding fee scale applications. Breast and cervical cancer services (BCCS) offer clinical breast examinations, mammograms, pelvic examinations and pap tests.
What is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is an operation that stops a man from being able to get a woman pregnant. During surgery, your doctor will seal off the tubes that carry the sperm. This stops the sperm from getting into the semen when you have sex. Sex will be the same as it was before the procedure, but the semen will not have sperm in it so you will not be able to get a woman pregnant. The amount of semen does not change and your ability to have an erection and have sex will not change.
How reliable is a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control. Less than 1 in 300 do not work. Your doctor will request that you bring in a semen sample after your procedure to make sure the procedure was effective for you. It usually takes 6-12 weeks for all the sperm to be gone. You need to use another form of birth control until you bring in your sample.
What are the side effects of Vasectomy?
Vasectomy doesn’t change sexual function at all. It does not increase your risk for prostate cancer. The most common risks include bleeding and infection. You doctor will give you instructions on how to decrease your risk of complications. Rarely, you can develop a soreness in the scrotum or testicle that lasts for several months. Your doctor
can give you medicine for this.
How is a Vasectomy done?
- A small amount of local pain medicine is given
- A tiny opening is made in the scrotum
- The semen tubes are cut and blocked off
- The skin heals without suturing
- The entire process is done with minimal discomfort
- You can usually drive home after the procedure