Planning Your Family

Knowing when you want to start a family and the options available can empower you to make informed reproductive choices. Whether you want one child, several children, or none at all, couples today have a wide variety of options. These include everything from proactive, science-based approaches to more natural methods of family planning. Below, listen to specialists and experts from University of Utah Health talk about different approaches to planning your family.

Featured Shows

Family Planning Options Overview

Jun 27, 2022

Modern contraception allows men and women to have a child by choice, not by chance. But what family planning options are available? And how effective are they? Kirtly Parker Jones, MD, discusses the most common contraceptives available and how to choose the best one for you and your family....

Tubal Ligation or Tubal Removal: Which Procedure is Right For Me?

Sep 10, 2020

There are two sterilization methods for women who choose to end childbearing: ligation and removal. Tubal sterilization can also decrease a woman's risk of some types of ovarian cancer by 30-50 percent. Women's health expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones discuss the differences between tubal ligation ...

Family Planning: Vasectomy as an Effective Form of Birth Control

Feb 7, 2019

Women are often responsible for birth control in most relationships. After having all the kids you've planned for, it may be time to consider permanent contraception. Is it his turn to take on the responsibility? Women's health expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones talks about what you and your partner ...

Women's Contraception Options and How They Work

Aug 10, 2017

Women have been controlling their fertility for thousands of years, but none were tried and true until "the pill" came along in the 1960s. Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones speaks with OBGYN physician Dr. Jennifer Kaiser about the most common, ongoing methods for controlling fertility, including Plan B, Ella,...

Emergency Contraception is Available Online

Jul 20, 2017

Sometimes contraception fails. For women who find themselves in a contraceptive emergency, emergency contraception might be a more reliable option than crossing your fingers and hoping for the best. Many of these options are available over the counter, but you can also order them online. Women’s ...

Is a Natural Approach to Family Planning Right For You? 

Feb 2, 2017

Whether you want a child, many children, or none at all, couples today have a spectrum of choices including everything from proactive, technical approaches to more natural methods of family planning. Women’s expert Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones speaks with Dr. Joseph Stanford, a professor in the ...

Picking Birth Control: A Highly Personal Choice

Nov 12, 2014

Most women have periods in their lives, however brief or lengthy, where they do not wish to get pregnant. Dr. Kirtly Jones gives a brief history of contraceptive methods over the years and the continuing progress of birth control. Whether you’re considering starting birth control or switching ...