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Planning Your Future

Family Planning Doctor in Tarzana, Encino, Van Nuys

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Family Planning is all about making decisions; when to have children, how many children, how far apart in age. Dr. Torbati can help you make the decisions that are right for you. Dr. Torbati currently provides family planning services to residents located in Tarzana, Northridge, Encino, Reseda, Van Nuys, Woodland Hills and surrounding cities.

Benefits of Birth Spacing

Using contraception helps women plan their pregnancies and control the amount of time between births. Planned pregnancy and birth spacing play important roles in infant health. Research has shown that children born too close together are more likely to be premature or small and underweight. Premature or low-birth weight babies have a greater chance of becoming sick; some even die as a result. Over the years, research has shown that when families space the births of their children two years apart, their children are more likely to survive and be healthy. New research has shown that although two-year spacing is good, a longer interval is best. The best interval—when the risks for adverse health outcomes are lowest—are referred to as the “optimal” birth spacing interval. Most research indicates that the “optimal” interval for child and maternal survival is three years or longer.

Undesired Pregnancy

We recognize the difficult decision of a woman in dealing with undesired pregnancy. We support your freedom of choice by providing medical (abortion pills) and surgical treatments as requested.


Role of Contraception

Contraception plays an important role in family planning and birth spacing. Since the introduction of the pill in 1960, the average number of children born per woman in the United States has dropped from 3.5 to about two. Effective contraceptive methods can help young women avoid unplanned pregnancy and postpone childbirth. Contraceptive use between pregnancies can help ensure proper spacing between babies. And, for women who have reached their desired family size, birth control can help prevent unplanned pregnancy in later years.

Permanent Contraception

  • Tubal Ligation

    Includes irreversible, permanent methods of contraception.


    An elegant office-based method of blockage of the tubes through the cervix. This procedure requires very light anesthesia, and it does not cause any damage to tissues, and it will not require any recovery.

  • Dr. Torbati performs this procedure at the office as an out-patient, and you will return to normal daily activities the next day with out pain or any limitations. Read more about Essure® treatment here.

  • Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation

    Pperformed under general anesthesia, is a type of tubal ligation, Dr. Torbati works with a long metal tube inserted into the abdomen through a tiny incision. This tube, or "laparoscope," has a tiny light and video camera at its tip. With its aid, Dr. Torbati ties, cuts, burns, or clips the tubes closed. Be certain you don't want any more children before you get a tubal ligation. Even though the operation can be reversed, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get pregnant again afterwards. Tubal ligation has no effect other than sterilization. You will continue to have monthly periods, and your sex drive will be unchanged.

  • Dr. Torbati offers his patients different methods including:

    1. Filshie Clip
    2. Tubal Banding
    3. Tubal Burning

    Temporary Contraception

    Birth Control Pills

    "The pill" is the common name for oral contraception.

    There are two basic types — combination pills and progestin-only pills. Both are made of hormones like those made by a woman's ovaries. Combination pills contain estrogen and progestin. Both types require a medical evaluation and prescription. Both can prevent pregnancy.

    Combination pills usually work by preventing a woman's ovaries from releasing eggs (ovulation). They also thicken the cervical mucus, which keeps sperm from joining with an egg.

    Progestin-only pills usually work by thickening the cervical mucus. Less often, they prevent ovulation.

    Mirena IUD

    Mirena IUD contains a progesterone hormone and is good for about 5 years. Mirena is an older, frame Intrauterine Device (IUD). The newer IUDs, like FibroPlant, and GynePlant don't have a frame. Mirena, the hormonal IUD available in the U.S., is a small, plastic, T-shaped device that also contains a progestin hormone (52 mg levonorgestrel) in its frame. The Mirena-LNg IUD appears to be even more effective at preventing pregnancy than the copper IUD. Also, unlike other IUDs, it may decrease the risk of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Mirena is inserted into the uterus by a medical professional, in a matter of minutes. Once in place, it releases a very low dose of the hormone locally, for up to 5 years.

    ParaGard® IUD

    ParaGard® Intrauterine Contraceptive (IUC) is a different kind of birth control. But it's one of the most effective kinds available. It's even more effective than the Pill. But, unlike the Pill (and patch, ring, and shots), it's hormone-free. So it's great for women who prefer not to use hormones or can't for health reasons. It's also virtually hassle-free. No more daily or weekly routines, just a simple monthly self-check. So it's great for the busy woman who's got a lot going on.


    NuvaRing® is a different kind of birth control. The comfortable, flexible contraceptive ring that is about two inches in diameter is used to prevent pregnancy. You insert NuvaRing® into your vagina just once a month. The muscles in your vaginal wall will keep NuvaRing® in place for three weeks. During that time, it will slowly release a low dose of hormones that are needed to prevent pregnancy.

    Depo Provera

    is a hormone injection that lasts for 3 months to prevent pregnancy. The injection contains synthetic progesterone and no estrogen. It is usually given in the arm or rear, delivering a high level of progesterone into the body. Depo Provera stops the ovaries from releasing eggs.

    Depo Provera causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. These changes prevent fertilization.

    Depo Provera is a very private form of birth control because it cannot be seen on the body and requires no home supplies. It does, however, require a clinic appointment every 3 months. Depo Provera is 97-99.7% effective as birth control. It does not protect against reproductive tract infections, including HIV/AIDS. There are some serious health risks with Depo Provera, so be sure to get all the facts in advance.

    Contact Dr. Torbati for a Detailed Consultation.

    Dr. Kamran Torbati is a practicing licensed OBGYN that provides family planning options such as birth control, tubal ligation, ESSURE®, abortion services and other contraception methods at his private practice located in Tarzana, CA extending to surrounding cities including Encino, Woodland Hills, Reseda, Van Nuys & more.