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The Importance of Creating a Reproductive Life Plan

A reproductive life plan is a set of personal goals about having (or not having) children and steps for how to achieve those goals. Everyone needs to make a reproductive plan based on personal values and resources. This includes both women and men. For example:

  • “I’m not ready to have children now and I want to make sure that I do not get pregnant. Either I won’t have sex, or I’ll correctly use effective contraception.” 
  • “I want to have children when my relationship feels secure and I’ve saved enough money. I won’t become pregnant until then. After that, I’ll visit my doctor to discuss preconception health. I’ll try to get pregnant when I’m in good health.” 
  • “I’d like to be a father after I finish school and have a job to support a family. While I work toward those goals, I’ll talk to my wife about her goals for starting a family. I’ll make sure we correctly use an effective method of contraception every time we have sex until we’re ready to have a baby.” \
  • “I’d like to have two children, and space my pregnancies by at least two years. Once I have a baby, I’ll get advice from a health professional on birth control. I don’t want to have a second baby before I’m ready.” 
  • “I will let pregnancy happen whenever it happens. Because I don’t know when that will be, I’ll make sure I’m in optimal health for pregnancy at all times.”

As you can see, there are many different kinds of reproductive plans. What’s important is that you think about when and under what conditions you and your partner want to become pregnant. Make sure your actions support these goals. Your AOA physician can help you understand the clinical and lifestyle options that are best for you.