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Family Planning

Family planning (/ˈfæmɪli ˈplænɪŋ/), derived from the Latin familia meaning household and planning from the Latin plannus meaning flat surface, is a practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between their births. This is often achieved through the use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.


The concept of family planning has been present in various forms throughout history, with evidence of contraceptive use dating back to ancient times. The modern movement of family planning began in the early 20th century, spearheaded by activists such as Margaret Sanger and Marie Stopes.


Family planning can be achieved through various methods, including:


Family planning has numerous benefits, including:

  • Health benefits: Reducing the number of pregnancies can decrease the risk of maternal and infant mortality.
  • Economic benefits: Family planning can help families to better manage their resources and improve their economic stability.
  • Environmental benefits: By controlling population growth, family planning can help to mitigate the impact of overpopulation on the environment.


Despite its benefits, family planning faces several challenges, including:

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