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Your Freedom, Your Choice, Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives

Most women use a form of birth control for many years within their lifetime. Finding the best birth control method involves thinking about several things, such as:

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives in Chicago IL Area

  • Ease of use
  • Success rate preventing pregnancy
  • Ability to prevent infection of sexually transmitted diseases
  • Existing health conditions

At Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, our compassionate team can help you find contraceptive solutions that fit your life, such as birth control after childbirth options. We believe in building relationships with our patients to help them attain their goals better.

Hormonal Birth Control Options: Pills, Injections, Implants, Patches, and Rings

Here are a few long-term birth control options patients can choose from.

The Pill –Recognized as highly effective, the pill is one of the most popular forms of hormonal birth control. Containing synthetic hormones, these oral contraceptives offer a 97-99 percent success rate when used correctly. Each pill gives a woman a precise dose of hormones that prevent pregnancy. At the end of the cycle, menstruation occurs. Women can select from the combination pill with estrogen and progestin or the mini-pill with progestin only. However, if not used as directed, the failure rate increases.

Injections – We can provide a long-term birth control option through injections. Every three months, you will be given an injection of long-acting synthetic progesterone by your physician or assistant. Just like the mini-pill, injections contain no estrogen. Injections are proven to be 99 percent effective in preventing pregnancy by preventing the release of eggs from the ovary and thickening the cervical mucus, which blocks sperm.

Patches – Hormone patches provide the same effect as oral contraceptives, with the added convenience of not needing to remember to take a pill every day. Through the skin transdermally, the adhesive patch delivers hormones discreetly and continuously, needing to be replaced weekly.

Rings – The vaginal ring releases low levels of progesterone and estradiol into your bloodstream. You’ll keep it in your vagina for three weeks, then remove it for one week to allow for your normal menstrual cycle.

Implants – Our Chicago office provides the insertion of contraceptive implants with local anesthesia, which can remain for up to three years and release progestin etonogestrel into the bloodstream. Upon insertion, you can be confident that you are protected from pregnancy within 24 hours. Following removal, your fertility should quickly resume.

Intrauterine Device (IUD)- Our office in the Chicago area offers IUD insertion, a reliable and long-lasting form of contraception. The T-shaped device is inserted into the uterus, with the arms of the T resting in the upper uterus. A string is attached to the tail of the T, providing a way to verify the device is in its place.

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Sterilization by  Laparoscopy – Sterilization is a form of permanent birth control. Tubal sterilization, as it is known, blocks the passage of eggs to the uterus via the fallopian tubes, providing a reliable method of pregnancy prevention. Some women opt to have their “tubes tied” after their last child via a minor surgical procedure.

Laparoscopic sterilization is a surgical procedure in which the fallopian tubes are closed off using a laparoscope through a small incision near the navel. Under general anesthesia, the procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis in the hospital, allowing patients to go home on the same day. Immediate results can be expected. Recently, many women are choosing to have their tubes completely removed and this has been shown to lower the risk of ovarian cancer

Your Body, Your Options

Here at Northwestern Women’s Health Associates, we believe in providing the best choices for women seeking to control their sexual freedom without judgment. That’s why so many women trust us with their healthcare needs. For more information, please call us at 312-440-9400. Our office is 680 N. Lake Shore Drive #1200, Chicago.

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At Northwestern Women's Health Associates

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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    "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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    "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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    "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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