Family Planning Specialist

Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc -  - OBGYN

Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc

OBGYNs located in National City, CA

With family planning services, women can properly plan, space, and prevent pregnancies. At her practice, Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc in National City, California, OB/GYN Dr. del Rosario and Rhodora Schaepe, NP, provide many health-promoting services for women, including family planning. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.

Family Planning Q & A

What is family planning?

In the United States, nearly half of all pregnancies are unexpected or unintended. An unintended pregnancy includes mistimed pregnancies and unplanned pregnancies.

Women with an unintended pregnancy are less likely to get early prenatal care and at greater risk of developing pregnancy-related complications like preterm birth and maternal depression. 

With family planning, the team at Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc provides the care and services you need to properly plan or prevent unintended pregnancies. 

What are family planning services?

Family planning is a public health initiative that focuses on helping women and couples properly plan and space pregnancies, as well as prevent unintended pregnancies. 

At Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc, family planning services include:

  • Physical, pelvic, and breast exams
  • Contraceptive counseling
  • Pregnancy testing 
  • Testing for STDs
  • Screening for breast and cervical cancer

Abstinence is the only 100% effective method of preventing unintended pregnancies. However, if you’re sexually active, proper and consistent use of contraception can be extremely effective.

What can I expect during a family planning consultation?

The specifics of your family planning consultation at Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc depend on your age, gynecological history, sexual history, and current and future pregnancy plans. 

To fully understand your health needs, the team first conducts a comprehensive history and physical. They ask about your sexual activity and pregnancy plans. 

Based on the information gathered, the team helps you create a plan that best meets your needs and desires. This may include:

  • Birth control counseling
  • Birth control prescriptions
  • Safe sex counseling
  • Lifestyle modifications to support a healthy pregnancy
  • Early and ongoing prenatal care

The goal of family planning is to help you stay in control of your body and your health.

What birth control is best for me?

No single method of birth control works for every woman’s family planning needs. During your family planning consultation, the team talks to you about your birth control options so you can make an informed decision about the methods that best meet your needs. 

Types of birth control include:

Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs)

LARCs are implantable devices that prevent pregnancy for 3-10 years. They include hormonal implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

Short-acting hormonal methods

Birth control pills, patches, shots, and vaginal rings are types of short-acting hormonal birth control. 

Barrier methods

Barrier methods include the diaphragm, cervical cap, and condoms. 


Sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. It’s only recommended if you have no future plans of pregnancy. 

To schedule your family planning consultation, call the office of Gelen R del Rosario MD Inc or book online today.