Reproductive Life Planning (RLP)

What is reproductive life planning?

First of all, what is reproductive life planning? A reproductive life plan is a set of personal goals that individuals develop regarding having (or not having) children. It also states how to achieve those goals and is based on your own personal values and resources.

A reproductive life plan takes into account the who, what, when, where, why and even “if” of family planning. Everyone should have a reproductive life plan…regardless of whether or not they want to have children.

There are many kinds of reproductive life plans. What is important is that you think about when and under what conditions you want to become pregnant (or have a child). Then make sure your actions support these goals. Health care providers and counselors can help you understand which options are best for you.

Use this section to help you think about what you want your reproductive life plan to be. First, ask yourself: Do I have a plan? If you answered yes, that’s great news! Remember that reproductive life plans aren’t set in stone. They can change as you change. Just remember to visit your plan at least once a year to make sure it reflects the life plan that you want.

If you don’t have a plan, then now is the time to get started.

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