Opening Up the Topic of Planning for a Family with Physicians
The decision to start or grow a family is not one to be taken lightly, and leads one to ask themselves several questions - "When is the right time to start having a family?" "What if I have issues getting pregnant?" "How far do I want my children spaced apart?" "What if I am not ready now but worried about waiting too long?"
According to a committee opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the topic of discussing when to start a family is one that should also be prompted by physicians with their patients. Initiatives such as the One Key Question Initiative proposes that clinicians ask every woman of child bearing age, at every patient encounter, as to whether or not they wish to become pregnant within the next year. By doing so, they believe this will lead to a more pro-active approach with contraception or preconception care. It will also encourage women to ask questions and start a dialogue about their needs and wants in regards to the topic of planning a family.
ACOG believes that on-going conversations about family planning between physicians and their patients will lead to better reproductive health choices across multiple demographics, with emphasis on education towards healthier pregnancies, options for women with fertility issues, and in general, a more "patient-care centered" mentality.
If you find yourself having trouble conceiving after trying for over one year, contact the fertility specialists at Reproductive Endocrinology Associates of Charlotte (REACH).