Why choose UCLA Health for family planning?
At UCLA Health, our experienced team offers gynecological, obstetrical and family planning services in a caring environment. We provide confidential support for patients and families. Highlights of our program include:
Customized services: Whether you want to start a family, prevent pregnancy or learn about your reproductive options, our team delivers tailored care just for you. We also offer routine health screenings and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). UCLA Health experts work closely with you to create a plan that fits your goals and lifestyle.
Compassionate care: At UCLA Health, we understand that family planning decisions are personal. If your plan includes having children, our team ensures you have the information you need to get pregnant when the time is right. We also offer comprehensive abortion care and post-abortion support for patients who choose to end a pregnancy. Every member of our team is dedicated to helping you pursue the path that works for you.
Commitment to accessibility: We offer translation services in many languages so we can provide individualized care to all members of our community. Our care team welcomes teenagers, adults, elderly patients and people of all genders. We also specialize in helping individuals with disabilities and people with complex medical conditions. Our team assists LGBTQ couples with family planning and referrals for fertility treatment to give them more options for starting a family.
Advanced expertise: UCLA Health OB/GYN specialists are nationwide leaders in the full spectrum of women’s health care. Our experts offer reproductive care and fertility consultations for patients with a wide range of health conditions. We partner with other specialists across UCLA Health to help you maximize your overall well-being and prepare for a healthy pregnancy. We are a board-certified Complex Family Planning fellowship site.
Our areas of care
At UCLA Health, our experienced team specializes in complex family planning and reproductive health. Our areas of care include:
Family planning and sexual health care
We offer a wide range of services, from pre-pregnancy consultations and fertility treatment referrals to contraception and abortion care. Our goal is to listen carefully to your needs and develop a plan that works for you. We provide:
Contraceptive counseling: Our family planning experts offer all FDA-approved birth control methods and take the time to explain each option. We help you determine the one that works for you.
Fertility care: Using advanced treatments, we specialize in helping men and women with all types of infertility.
Genetic testing: We partner with specialists in reproductive genetics to provide pre-conception genetic counseling for people with a personal or family history of genetic disorders. Our expertise includes helping prospective parents assess the risk of passing a genetic disorder to their children. We also offer genetic testing after pregnancy termination, to help for future pregnancy planning.
Pregnancy termination: Our knowledgeable, compassionate team offers both medical and surgical termination of pregnancy. We guide and support you throughout the process .
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment: Our team offers testing for all types of STIs and STDs (sexually transmitted infections/diseases). Our services also include STD treatments and follow-up care.
Gynecological and obstetrical (OB/GYN) care
UCLA Health specialists provide routine and comprehensive OB/GYN care. When you come to us, you’ll find:
Gynecological services: We provide breast and pelvic exams, Pap smears and minimally invasive gynecological surgeries. Our specialists also treat pelvic pain, fibroids (noncancerous growths) and abnormal uterine bleeding.
Obstetrical care: To monitor mom’s and baby’s health, patients receive checkups throughout their pregnancies. We have extensive experience with high-risk pregnancies and work closely with experts at UCLA Health Maternal Fetal Medicine to ensure coordinated care. We also offer nutritional and social work support as part of our holistic care model.
Care after a miscarriage: After having a miscarriage, some patients need medication or a procedure called a dilation and curettage (D&C) to ensure that the uterus is empty. We offer this procedure in our office and arrange follow-up care and support as necessary.
Education and community outreach
We’re committed to empowering our patients and members of our community make informed decisions about their reproductive health. Our objective is to deliver easy-to-understand, medically accurate information about a range of topics, including birth control methods and natural family planning. Our services include several outreach and educational programs, such as:
Birth Control Tales: To connect with a larger audience and explain birth control methods in a clear and engaging way, the family planning team at UCLA Health developed Birth Control Tales (BC Tales). This creative approach to patient education is an informative series of cartoons about various birth control methods. Learn more about BC Tales and read the comics.
Family PACT (Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment): UCLA Health is part of this California Office of Family Planning program. Through FPACT, we provide comprehensive family planning services to low-income California citizens.
Title X Family Planning Program: Through workshops at schools and organizations, our health education specialists share information about preventing pregnancy, reducing STI risk, gender and sexuality, healthy communication in relationships and more. We tailor each interactive workshop to address the needs of the group. Learn more about scheduling a workshop.
Types of contraception (birth control) we offer
At UCLA Health, our highly trained family planning care team provides comprehensive birth control counseling. Our goal is to give you the information you need to allow you to have a healthy pregnancy if and when you're ready. We discuss your options based on your overall health, age and lifestyle. We also follow up and adjust the plan if your needs change. Your options may include:
Barrier methods: Condoms and diaphragms prevent sperm from reaching an egg.
Combined hormonal contraceptives: These methods release hormones into the body that prevent you from ovulating (releasing an egg). They come in the form of a birth control pill that you take orally (by mouth), a birth control patch that you wear on your skin or a flexible ring that you insert into your vagina.
Emergency birth control (morning-after pill): This pill can prevent pregnancy after having unprotected sex. It is not an abortion pill and doesn’t work if you’re already pregnant.
Injections (birth control shot): Shots release hormones that prevent you from ovulating. Your doctor gives you a shot in the skin in your upper arm. The shot provides birth control for a few months.
Implants: Your doctor places a small implant under the skin in your upper arm. The implant release hormones that prevent ovulation. An implant lasts a few years.
Intrauterine device (IUD): Your doctor inserts this small, T-shaped device into your uterus during a brief office visit. The IUD can prevent pregnancy up to 10 to 12 years. When you’re ready to have it removed, your doctor takes it out during another visit.
Permanent birth control: Our team offers several types of birth control that prevent pregnancy permanently. Women may choose to have a tubal ligation (a procedure to block the fallopian tubes so an egg cannot travel to the uterus). Men may choose a vasectomy (surgery that stops the supply of sperm to the penis).
Medical and surgical termination of pregnancy
As part of our commitment to accessible and compassionate abortion care, UCLA Health’s Complex Family Planning Team offers comprehensive services to patients who choose to end a pregnancy. Our specialists take time to explain your options and help you decide what’s right for you.
Depending on several factors, your options may include medications or a surgical procedure. Your doctor will discuss each option and answer any questions you may have.
We offer a no-test telemedicine abortion (NTTA) model of care, giving patients access to a medication abortion without requiring an ultrasound or in-person clinic visit.
Our experienced team understands that the decision to terminate a pregnancy can be a complicated choice. That’s why our services extend beyond the procedure itself. We’re here to offer you support and counseling as necessary.
Our physicians are experts in family planning, gynecology and obstetrics. With specialized expertise in fibroid treatment, minimally invasive surgery and fertility issues, we work as a team to deliver outstanding, customized care.