Make a plan
Whether or not you’ve written them down, you’ve probably thought about your goals for having or not having children and how to achieve those goals. This is called a reproductive life plan. It’s really important to have a plan and take action. Every woman, man, and couple can benefit from having a reproductive life plan based on her, his, or their own personal values, goals, and resources.
Make a plan
MEN… YOU can…..
Decide if or when you want a child by using birth control.
Protect yourself and your partner from HIV or other STDs, like gonorrhea, Chlamydia, syphilis or hepatitis.
Gain peace of mind and have better sex knowing you are protecting yourself and your partner from the risks of unprotected sex.
No birth control method works 100 percent of the time. So unless you want to be a father, you should use your own method; don’t only rely on your partner’s method
Condoms (for men)
The male condom is made of latex or thin plastic (polyurethane) and fits over the penis.
Withdrawal or “Pulling Out”
Withdrawal is not guaranteed to prevent pregnancy and is not as effective as condoms.
Abstinence is not having sex and just saying “no”.
People can choose abstinence at any time or at any age.
If a condom breaks or sex “just happened”
you can still prevent pregnancy.
To find a clinic near you, go to: Family Planning Clinic Locator
Emergency Contraception (Plan B)
Emergency birth control pills or EC may be taken by our partner AFTER unprotected sex, or if a condom breaks, to prevent pregnancy.
Below are links to information related to reproductive health. Scroll down to view these men's reproductive health topics.
Assisted Reproductive Technology ART includes all fertility treatments in which both eggs and sperm are handled. In general, ART procedures involve surgically removing eggs from a woman’s ovaries, combining them with sperm in the laboratory, and returning them to the woman’s body or donating them to another woman.
Bicycle Saddles and Reproductive Health NIOSH worked with several police departments with bicycle patrols to conduct reproductive health research. In these studies, NIOSH did more than assess a problem; it also tested a solution. Several bicycle saddle manufacturers have developed saddles without protruding noses. NIOSH has investigated whether these saddles, which remove the pressure from the urogenital area, will alleviate any potential health problems.
Potential Health Risks for DES Sons Research established that DES Sons were at an increased risk of non-cancerous epididymal cysts, which are growths on the testicles.
Preconception Care Information for Men When most people hear the term preconception health, they think about women. However, preconception health is important for men, too. There are things men can do for their own health, as well as for the women and children in their lives.
Learn about STDs Get screened and treated for any sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Continue to protect yourself and your partner from STDs during pregnancy.
Learn about STDs and Pregnancy Pregnancy does not provide a woman or the baby she is carrying any protection against STDs. The consequences of an STD can be significantly more serious, even life threatening, for a woman and her unborn baby if the woman becomes infected with an STD while pregnant. In addition, some STDs can cause infertility (not being able to get pregnant) in a woman.
Vasectomy: Unintended Pregnancy Prevention Vasectomy is a safe and highly effective method of contraception accepted by many couples throughout the world. Vasectomy, a form of permanent contraception, is also known as male sterilization. Those who seek a permanent form of contraception may want to consider the potential benefits and risks of vasectomy.