Contraception & Family Planning
There are many factors involved in deciding which birth control is best for you. How soon are you planning a family? Are you done having your family and looking for a permanent option? Have you recently had unprotected sex? Are there special factors about your body that will make one birth control method more desirable or safer than another?
We will make sure we understand your individual needs, medical history and family history so that we can then help you to choose contraception that will optimize your birth control while minimizing side effects. Some contraceptive options are over the counter. Others require an office visit, procedure or prescription.
Reversible Contraception: For women who desire children in the future. Some reversible contraceptives use hormones (estrogen and/or progestin), while others do not.
Permanent Contraception: For women who have finished their childbearing and are absolutely certain they desire no more pregnancies. These options are not reversible.
We have created this Chart of Contraception Methods to help you understand the many birth control options available to you today. Two more excellent online resources are bedsider.org and SexualityandU.
Emergency Contraception: Sometimes, even with the best planning, unprotected sex can happen. There are emergency contraceptive options for women who have had unprotected sex between 2 and 5 days ago. One of these options (emergency contraceptive pills) is available over the counter at many pharmacies. Other options (IUDs) are available to our patients through our office. The doctors at Bridgeview Women's Health are happy to answer our patients' questions, to assist in finding a pharmacy that carries emergency contraception, or to make an appointment to review alternatives.
Unplanned Pregnancy: When contraception fails and a pregnancy occurs, the doctors at Bridgeview Women's Health understand that our patients will have questions about the options available to them. We strive to help our patients obtain the information they need to make difficult decisions in a timely fashion. Bridgeview Women's Health also refers to other safe and confidential local resources for more direct assistance:
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