Preconception health refers to the health of women and men during their reproductive years. The term preconception describes any time that a woman of reproductive age is not pregnant but at risk for becoming pregnant, or when a man is at risk for getting someone pregnant.
Preconception health services are a vital part of comprehensive family planning preventative services. Preconception health services are important because they contribute to improvement of women’s and men’s health, and can also influence an individual’s ability to conceive or to reduce pregnancy-related adverse outcomes such as low birth weight, premature birth, and infant mortality and can contribute to a positive healthy birth outcome.
A reproductive life plan outlines personal goals about becoming pregnant. Questions can include “Do you want to have (more) children?” or “How many (more) children would you like to have and when?” At the annual visit, the Family Planning staff will ask questions about your reproductive life plan that may help identify unmet reproductive health care needs. Identifying a need for contraceptive services may be particularly important given the high rate of unintended pregnancy in the United States. (About half of the pregnancies in the United States are unplanned and most occur among women who were not using any birth control methods the month they conceived.)
To make your own Reproductive Life Plan go to: http://www.cdc.gov/preconception/documents/reproductivelifeplan-worksheet.pdf or call the Oneida County Health Department’s Reproductive Health Clinic staff for an appointment to discuss how to reach your Reproductive Life Plan goals at: 1-715-369-6116.