Preconception Counseling

Return to all Women's Health sessions.

Estimated time to complete session: 45 min.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this session, you should be able to:

1. Screen for periodontal, urogenital, and sexually transmitted infections as indicated.

2. Develop collaborative care plans for female patients (and their male partners) of reproductive age on preconception care and health promotion activities, including immunizations, STD screenings/treatments, folic acid intake, chronic illness management and health behavior modification.

3. Assess the patient's risk of chromosomal or genetic disorders based on family history, ethnic background, and age; offer cystic fibrosis and other carrier screening as indicated.

4. Counsel the patient about possible toxins and exposure to teratogenic agents (e.g., heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, endocrine disruptors, allergens) at home, in the neighborhood, and at work; review Material Safety Data Sheets and consult a local teratology information specialist as needed.

5. Differentiate specific issues, disease processes, and treatments based on ethnicity, gender and genetics.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed
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Parent activity set: 

Lorna Fountain, MD, FAAFP, Family Medicine Residency Program, Bayfront Health, St. Petersburg, Florida

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AAFP prescribed

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