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Los Angeles County
Department of Public Health
Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health Programs
600 S. Commonwealth Ave., 8th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Tel: (213) 639-6416
FAX: (213) 639-1034

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Family Planning
Planning Your FAMILIA

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What is Family Planning?

Family planning is future planning. Do your goals for the future include finishing school, buying a new car, or traveling the world? These goals can be harder to accomplish if you have a baby to think about.

Man and woman smilingFamily planning means that you decide when and how many children you want. If you’re having sex, family planning means preventing pregnancy until you’re ready to become a parent. Couples who have unplanned babies are more than twice as likely to break up than couples with a planned baby.

Planned families have healthier babies, moms, and dads. Parents are better prepared to handle the challenges of parenthood because, let’s face it – being a parent is not easy and babies are expensive! Without a plan, you could be buying diapers instead of a new car.

How to Plan Your FAMILIA

It takes two people to make a baby. Talk to your partner about whether or not you want to have kids. Whether or not having a baby is in your 5-year plan – or 1-year plan – find a reliable birth control method. Learn about birth control options for men and women here.

More Information:

Show Your Love Today Preconception Health

Bedsider Birth Control Support Network

My Reproductive Life Plan - Preconception Health and Health Care

March of Dimes – Pregnancy: Are you financially ready?

Show Your Love Today – Plan Ahead


Spot On - The free and easy way to follow your period (Available in Spanish)

myPill Birth Control Reminder (FREE but has in-app purchases) (Available in Spanish)

Safe Sex Tips (FREE)

WUSTLChoiceProject “Which birth control method is right for you?”

BuzzFeedYellow  “Let’s actually talk about birth control”

“The Guy’s Guide to Birth Control”
Blogs: 26 Family Planning Facts To Celebrate World Contraception Day


1.      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Preconception Health and Health Care - My Reproductive Life Plan. Retrieved from:

2.    Hall, Christine. (2013). Having a baby in L.A.? It's going to cost you. Los Angeles Business News – L.A. Biz. Retrieved from:

3.    Kaye, K., Gootman, J., Ng, A. S., & Finley, C. (2014). The Benefits of Birth Control in America: Getting the Facts Straight. Washington, DC: The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. Retrieved from:

4.    World Health Organization. (2016). Health Topics: Family Planning. Retrieved from:



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