Men’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Services
From your annual exam to sexual education and counseling, family planning offers many services for men. A family planning visit helps you to be prepared for you future by taking control of your reproductive and sexual health. All family planning services are confidential and many can occur in just one visit! Check out these 10 family planning services for men:
1. Alcohol and Drug Use Services
Alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to have a family now or in the future. If you have any concerns about alcohol and drugs talk to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will provide you support, resources, and referrals.
2. Annual Exams
Every year you should go to a healthcare provider to have your annual wellness and physical exam done. Your height, weight, blood pressure will be taken along with having a genital exam. This also gives you a chance to ask any questions or concerns that you might have about your health.
3. Athletic Physicals
Athletic physicals for school sports can also be done at family planning clinics.
4. Birth Control Education and Counseling
Your healthcare provider and you will talk about the different types of male and female birth control methods. Condoms will also be provided to you if needed. If you are unsure how to use condoms, your healthcare provider will tell the right way to use a condom.
You can get vaccination for common infections and diseases that may affect your ability to have children. These vaccines include the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis A (HAV).
6. Infertility Counseling and Services
If you have been trying to have a baby without any luck, talk to your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will provide you basic infertility services. These services include infertility history, physical exam, education, counseling, and referrals if you need further services for infertility.
7. Preconception Health
If you are ready to start having a family, your healthcare provider can help you prepare. If you aren’t quite ready to have a family right now, your healthcare provider can tell you ways to take care of yourself for when you are ready.
8. Reproductive Life Plan
This is your family planning goals. Whether you want children now, in the future, or don’t want to have children, your healthcare provider will talk to you about your goals and help you achieve them.
9. Sexual Health Counseling and Services
This is a chance for you to talk to your healthcare provider about your sexual practices, partners, pregnancy prevention, STIs/HIV, and any problems that you may have with sex. Your provider then can give you more information and counseling.
10. Sexuality and Healthy Relationships
If you are struggling with your sexuality, your healthcare provider will provide support, education, counseling, and referrals to local resources. Your healthcare provider will also talk to you about what a healthy relationship does and doesn’t look like. If you feel like you aren’t in a healthy relationship – talk to your healthcare provider and they will help you.
Take control of your health today and find a healthcare provider near you!