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Patient is Not (PIC)turing Pregnancy Topics

If the patient is certain about avoiding pregnancy, there are many options of contraceptives available. As a healthcare provider, you must guide in the appropriate choice for contraception to each woman. By increasing healthy behaviors such as eating well, exercising often, and decreasing substance use, the risk of disease decreases later in life. The subjects below provide an overview of the topic area, the impact it may have on the patient’s overall health, populations that are at high risk, and further recommendations. There are also links to additional information. If the patient is concerned about any of the topic areas, set up a reproductive life plan appointment to discuss it further. Get started now!

Family Planning and Contraception

About 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned. Advise on proper contraception to avoid a pregnancy.

Mental Health

Mental health conditions are most common during reproductive ages and include anxiety, mood and eating disorders.


Chronic Disease

Chronic diseases are most likely to develop in women during reproductive age. However, there are many ways to reduce risk of poor birth outcomes in future.

Genetic History

About 20 percent of birth defects are due to genetic history and may have severe impacts on function later in life. Click here to help guide patient decisions.


Medication Use

Prescription use has increased within women of reproductive age. The interactions between birth control, food and drugs is important to optimize health.

Nutrition and Fitness

Nutrition and fitness can help reduce obesity and chronic diseases to prolong healthy lives.


Partner Violence

Partner violence can be physical, sexual or psychological and increases the risk of other health complications. Sexual coercion can result in unwanted pregnancies.

Previous Pregnancy Outcomes

Most pregnancies are healthy; however, poor previous birth outcomes increase the chances of future pregnancy complications.


Sexually Transmitted Infections and Diseases

Certain infections and diseases may cause infertility or cancer if not treated. Testing, treatment and immunizations can help prevent poor reproductive health.

Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Use

Substance use is a 100 percent preventable cause of poor birth outcomes. Most exposure occurs before the women knows she is pregnant.

Page Reviewed: 4/19/2018