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Frequently Asked Questions About Abortion

Finding straightforward answers about women’s health can be a challenge. Of course, you can ask your obstetrics and gynecology professional, but they may not always be available. When it comes to over-the-counter abortion pills and understanding birth control, you need prompt and accurate answers. All Women’s Medical Center is here to help you find the information you need for effective family planning. Our Chicago women’s health and abortion clinic strives to help you understand your health condition and find quality treatment. We’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions below, but feel free to reach out with additional inquiries.

What Is a Termination of Pregnancy?

Termination of pregnancy, or abortion, is defined as the medical process of ending a pregnancy before it is carried to term. After seeing a medical professional, you can terminate a pregnancy by taking a specific medication or undergoing surgery.

What Is a Medical Abortion?

A medical abortion utilizes abortion pills to terminate a pregnancy. This option may be best for patients in their first trimester, and it can be administered at our abortion clinic or at home with follow-up visits.

What Are the Treatment Options for STDs?

Your treatment options will vary depending on which sexually-transmitted disease (STD) you’ve been diagnosed with. In most cases, we’ll prescribe an antibiotic, which can cure infections such as gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia. If an antibiotic isn’t effective, we may try an antiviral drug.

What STDs Cause Abnormal Bleeding?

Some STDs, such as gonorrhea and chlamydia, can cause abnormal or excessive vaginal bleeding. If you’re concerned about your symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out to our gynecologists.

What Is Human Papillomavirus?

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common type of sexually-transmitted infection. This condition is most likely to affect people in their late teens or early 20s. Those who have developed this infection might have symptoms such as genital warts, plantar warts, and common warts. In many cases of this infection, the condition is caused by skin-to-skin contact or sexual intercourse.

How Are Fibroids Treated?

If you’ve been diagnosed with fibroids, you have numerous treatment options depending on the specifics of your condition. Some patients can be effectively treated with medications, while others need a noninvasive or minimally-invasive procedure. You also have surgical options to remove the uterine fibroids in their entirety. The team at All Women’s Medical Center will discuss your options with you and come to a consensus on which will yield the best results for you.

What Is a Tubal Ligation?

The tubal ligation procedure is a method of permanent birth control, known colloquially as “having your tubes tied.” This procedure involves cutting the fallopian tubes and tying or blocking them to prevent pregnancy.

Is There a Chance of Getting Pregnant After a Tubal Ligation?

There are some cases in which patients still get pregnant after a tubal ligation. However, only 1 out of every 100 women will conceive within the first year after the operation. Younger patients are more likely to conceive after a tubal ligation, and your chances of an ectopic pregnancy are increased after this procedure.

How Can I Get Pregnant After a Tubal Ligation?

If you decide to have children after a tubal ligation, you have two options. First, you could talk to your obstetrician about a reversal procedure. During this operation, your fallopian tubes can be repaired. However, tubal ligation reversals are not always successful. In vitro fertilization is your other option. We may be able to remove some eggs from your ovaries and implant the surviving embryos in hopes of a pregnancy. When you visit our Chicago clinic, we can talk more in-depth about your options.

How Effective is the Birth Control Pill?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the birth control pill is 99.7% effective. However, this assumes the patient is using the pill perfectly according to their healthcare provider or gynecologist’s instructions.

Can I Use Birth Control Pills as an Emergency Contraceptive?

As per Planned Parenthood’s abortion and family planning experts, you can use some types of birth control pills as emergency contraception. Nevertheless, be sure to ask your doctor if your particular brand of pills may be effective.

Which Type of Birth Control is a Barrier Contraceptive?

Barrier contraceptives can be a useful resource for preventing unwanted pregnancy. The types of birth control most often referred to as barrier contraceptives include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, and contraceptive sponges. Make sure to confirm with your gynecologist the correct usage of each of these options. Contact us today to learn more about these contraceptives and the Cytotec abortion pill.

If you have any other questions, contact All Women’s Medical Center in Chicago.