Family Planning allows spacing of pregnancies
allows spacing of pregnancies and can delay pregnancies in young women at increased risk of health problems and death from early childbearing. It prevents unintended pregnancies, including those of older women who face increased risks related to pregnancy. Family planning enables women who wish to limit the size of their families to do so. Evidence suggests that women who have more than 4 children are at increased risk of maternal mortality.
By reducing rates of unintended pregnancies, family planning also reduces the need for unsafe abortion.
Marie Stopes South Africa offers a wide range of different contraceptives for men & women. Whether you’re interested in a monthly option like the pill (oral contraception) or patch; or a long-acting method like an implant or IUD, we can help find a contraceptive method that suits your lifestyle.
- Oral Contraceptives (the pill)
- Contraceptive Injection
- Contraceptive Patche
- Contraceptive Implant
- IUDs and IUSs “loop” contraceptives
- Emergency Contraception
- Vasectomy (selected centres only)
Which Family Planning Method is Safe
There are many methods to choose from
If you are starting to use contraception for the first time or looking into a new method, it’s a good idea to make time for a full consultation. You may schedule time with one of our friendly nurses who will give you a full run-down and explanation of each contraceptive method.
Remember: Only condoms offer dual protection: prevent pregnancy as well as the transmission of HIV and STIs Marie Stopes has 17 centres across South Africa, to make an appointment for a contraceptive consultation book online or call us on 0800 11 77 85. Choosing a contraceptive can be confusing. We’ve provided some help in our Frequently Asked Questions section but if there’s something we’ve missed, ask us a question and we’ll get back to you.
Birth control and family planning
Here are some questions to consider when selecting a birth control method:
- How well does the method prevent pregnancy? To tell how well a method works, look at the number of pregnancies in 100 women using that method over a period of 1 year.
- What are your feelings about getting pregnant? Would an unplanned pregnancy create hardship or distress to a woman or her partner? Or would a pregnancy be welcomed if it occurred earlier than planned?
- How much does a method of birth control cost? Does your insurance plan pay for it?
- What are the health risks? Talk about these risks with your health care provider before believing what you hear from others.
- Is your partner willing to accept and use a given method of birth control?
- Do you want a method that you only need to use when you have sex? Or do you want something that is in place and always working?
- Is preventing infections spread by sexual contact important? Many methods do not protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Condoms are the best choice for preventing STIs. They work best when combined with spermicides.
- Availability: Can the method be used without a prescription, a provider visit, or, in the case of minors, parental consent?
When can emergency contraception or Family Planning be used?
Emergency contraception can be used in a number of situations following sexual intercourse. These include:
- When no contraceptive has been used.
- Sexual assault when the woman was not protected by an effective contraceptive method.
- When there is concern of possible contraceptive failure, from improper or incorrect use, such as:
- condom breakage, slippage, or incorrect use;
- 3 or more consecutively missed combined oral contraceptive pills;
- more than 3 hours late from the usual time of intake of the progestogen-only pill (minipill), or more than 27 hours after the previous pill;
- more than 12 hours late from the usual time of intake of the desogestrel-containing pill (0.75 mg) or more than 36 hours after the previous pill;
- more than 2 weeks late for the norethisterone enanthate (NET-EN) progestogen-only injection;
- more than 4 weeks late for the depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) progestogen-only injection;
- more than 7 days late for the combined injectable contraceptive (CIC);
- dislodgment, breakage, tearing, or early removal of a diaphragm or cervical cap;
- failed withdrawal (e.g. ejaculation in the vagina or on external genitalia);
- failure of a spermicide tablet or film to melt before intercourse;
- miscalculation of the abstinence period, or failure to abstain or use a barrier method on the fertile days of the cycle when using fertility awareness based methods; or
- expulsion of an intrauterine contraceptive device (IUD) or hormonal contraceptive implant.