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Safe long-term birth control options in Chicago

The team at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. offers comprehensive women’s care to patients from Chicago to Northwest Indiana and the surrounding areas. Our women’s health services include obstetrics, gynecology, well women visits, and birth control options. Whether you are not ready to start a family or have already had children, birth control methods are available to suit each woman’s needs and lifestyle preferences.

Birth Control Options at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. in Chicago Area

Various birth control options available

Birth control is a way of preventing an unwanted pregnancy. There are several options that vary in how they are taken or applied, their effectiveness, and the ease of use. Treatment options may be short or long-term. Possible birth control methods include:

  • Abstinence
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragm
  • Pills
  • Patch
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Vaginal ring
  • Shot
  • Implant
  • Sterilization

Long-term birth control with an IUD

An IUD is a low maintenance, reversible, long-term birth control option. Made of flexible plastic and shaped like a T, the device is inserted into the uterus. IUDs are one of the easiest birth control methods to use. Once the device is inserted, the patient can forget about it. No need to worry about taking it at the correct time or using it incorrectly. IUDs cannot be messed up. It is a “set it and forget it” birth control option. Once it is in, the patient can resume her normal activities without worrying about birth control.

With 5 different brands available in the United States, patients can choose from hormonal or non-hormonal options. Paragard is the non-hormonal IUD. Wrapped in a small amount of copper, this version is just as effective at preventing pregnancy but does not alter timing of monthly periods. Although menses can get a little crampier and a little heavier, it is an excellent option for women who want to avoid hormones. Patients who rely on birth control methods for more manageable and lighter periods, can consider  hormonal IUDs as a good option. A hormonal IUD uses progestin to prevent pregnancy. The device produces lighter bleeding and less cramping during periods. Some women even stop having periods while the IUD is inserted.

Effective and reversible birth control

Regardless whether a hormonal or non-hormonal device is used, the IUD changes the way the sperm cells move, keeping them from getting to and fertilizing an egg. Thus, pregnancy is prevented. At more than 99 percent effective, an IUD is one of the most effective methods for preventing pregnancy. This treatment is as effective as the birth control implant or sterilization.

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The Paragard IUD can be used as emergency contraception if placed within five days of unprotected sex. Unlike the morning after pill which only prevents conception for the current situation, Paragard prevents the current and future pregnancies from developing.

IUDs are reversible. The device prevents pregnancy if it is inserted. Depending on the brand used, IUDs effectively remain in place for up to six to  ten years. The IUD can be taken out early if the patient decides she is ready to start a family. Once removed, the patient can get pregnant.

Whether you need short or long-term birth control methods, Northwestern Women’s Health Associates S.C. has options. For more information on birth control options, contact our Chicago office today. Call 312-440-9400.

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your unique needs are our highest priority.

Making use of advanced technology and staying on the cutting edge of women’s healthcare, our team of experts is dedicated to providing every woman who visits our office with the highest level of sensitive, specialized care. At our office in Chicago, you can receive exceptional obstetrics and gynecology (OBGYN) services from any one of our highly skilled doctors, including Stanley Friedell, MD; Abbie Roth, MD; Regina Belmonte, MD; Sharon Wise, MD; Julianne Morton, MD; Whitney Dunn, MD; Aleena Lakhanpal, MD ; and Margaret Kistner, MD. With their combined expertise, this team of board-certified doctors at Northwestern Women's Health Associates makes it possible for you to receive efficient, personalized care from the preeminent women’s hospital in the Midwest.

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Wonderful experience with Dr. Julianne Morton @ NW Women's Associates. I've recommended her to countless girlfriends. Being a first time mom, I went through many physical symptoms and emotions that accompany pregnancy. She is extremely thorough, patient, and has wonderful bedside manner. I felt confident going into delivery with Dr. Morton taking the lead with my delivery. Wonderful practice!"

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    "Dr. Morton is absolutely amazing. She cared for me throughout my first pregnancy and we found her to be kind and caring and straightforward - could not have asked for a better experience! Dr. Dunn ended up being on call during my delivery and she was great as well. I have always found the nurses and office staff to be friendly and on top of things - very happy with the practice!"

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    "I had to have a laproscopic hysterectomy done by Dr. Friedell and all went fabulously! They were very detailed in pre-op which made a lot of difference. I came out of surgery feeling great and post op I was back to work within two weeks. Everyone at the practice, at the hospital, at pre-op were incredible."

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    "Dr.Julianne Morton is amazing! I was recommended by a friend when I moved to the Chicago area and was looking for an OB-GYN. I have seen her for two years in Chicago for my yearly exam. She is beyond kind and great at what she does. Dr.Morton makes you feel very comfortable and is such an incredible doctor! I have recommended her to all of my friends as well who need a new gyno/OB-GYN."

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    "Dr. Morton is a really great doctor. She has an incredible bedside manner and makes you feel comfortable. She makes sure to ask if you have any questions and will happily answer all of them with you. Would highly recommend!"

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    "Dr. Friedell is amazing! He helped delivered my first baby and the whole process was super smooth and stress free. All the staff in the office are super friendly too. Highly recommend!"

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  • 5 Star Review
    "Dr Freidell is extremely knowledgeable, thorough and really cares about his patients. He is very good at getting to the root of the problem, especially with overlapping symptoms. He guided me through all my options and their implications. I will highly recommend him and his team."

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    "I love Dr. Belmonte. I have been going to her since 2006! She rocks!!! She is straight to the point, I love that about her. When I leave her office after seeing her I always feel great, like a just left a good friends house or something!"
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  • 5 Star Review

    "I can not tell you how wonderful my experiences have been. Dr. Sharon Wise is my doctor and she is fantastic. She is straightforward and honest about treatments and procedures. I enjoy her sense of humor, and I found her bedside manner when delivering my son to be excellent. "

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