Definition of family planning in US English:

family planning


  • 1The practice of controlling the number of children in a family and the intervals between their births, particularly by means of artificial contraception or voluntary sterilization.

    ‘family-planning clinics’
    • ‘In India, where family-planning efforts have been less aggressive, the population is growing much faster.’
    • ‘Some village women are trained in midwifery and community-based family-planning services.’
    • ‘All of the BYPC workers are entitled to free medical care, including routine health examinations, family-planning counseling, prenatal care, delivery care, and neonatal care.’
    • ‘These workers, more than others, may require access to a family-planning clinic, contraceptive and sexual health services, emergency contraception, or pregnancy testing and counselling.’
    • ‘In 1921 Stopes founded the Society for Constructive Birth Control which led the way for the later family-planning clinics.’
    1. 1.1 Artificial contraception.
      • ‘However, scholars unanimously agree that any permanent method of family planning, or even abortion, can be done if the life of the mother is in danger.’
      • ‘In Muslim countries like Turkey and Indonesia, family planning methods are quite popular.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, today abortion is an essential method of family planning and should be accepted it as such.’
      • ‘Is it because they are ignorant about family planning methods or is it because they choose to have many kids?’
      • ‘It outlines options for beginning a family planning method following the use of emergency contraception.’


family planning

/ˈfæm(ə)li ˈˌplænɪŋ//ˈfam(ə)lē ˈˌplaniNG/