All Women’s Medical Center Has You Covered Post-Abortion
Many women seek post-abortion contraception counseling to prevent future unplanned pregnancies. Recognizing this need, All Women’s Medical Center provides post-pregnancy termination counseling for our Chicago-area patients. Depending on your medical history, we may recommend any of the following contraceptive (birth control) methods that are proven safe and effective for women post-abortion:
- Estrogen/Progestin Pills, Patches, or Rings
Estrogen and progestin are two female sex hormones found in birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings. Their combination prevents ovulation (the release of eggs from the ovaries). They also affect the lining of the uterus and the cervix to discourage sperm from entering. When administered in patch form, a small, thin patch is applied directly to the skin. When given in ring form, our doctor will place a flexible, lightweight ring inside the vagina. Both the patch and ring release the hormones similar to the birth control pills, which are taken orally every day.
- Progestin-Only Pills, Injections, or Implants
Progestin-only birth control pills are often referred to as the “mini-pill.” Progestin-only pills may be safer for women over the age of 35 or those who smoke or have high blood pressure. They produce fewer side effects in women than the pills containing estrogen, which often cause nausea and severe headaches. However, progestin-only pills must be taken at the same time every day, whereas this doesn’t matter as much when taking the combination pills. Progestin injections must be administered every three months to be the most effective. A progestin implant is a small rod placed under a woman’s upper arm skin that lasts up to four years.
- Progestin or Copper IUDs (Intrauterine Devices)
A progestin intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, t-shaped piece of plastic that’s inserted inside a woman’s uterus as a birth control method. A copper intrauterine device has copper wire coiled around it that is toxic to sperm and eggs, thus preventing pregnancy. A copper IUD can last up to 12 years, while progestin IUDs last anywhere from 3-6 years before a replacement is needed.
- Female Sterilization
Female sterilization is a one-time, permanent procedure for women who don’t wish to become pregnant. There are a couple of different sterilization methods used: tubal ligation (having your “tubes tied”) and tubal implants (a small coil is placed inside the fallopian tubes causing scar tissue, which blocks the tubes). Tubal ligation prevents pregnancy right away, while tubal implants may take up to three months for the scar tissue to form and take effect.
How Long After an Abortion Should I Begin Contraceptive Methods?
Because it’s not uncommon for women to begin ovulating within a week after an abortion, we recommend starting contraception immediately afterward in most cases. If you’ve had a medical abortion using a pill, an intrauterine device is usually inserted during your follow-up appointment. This may occur as early as 4-5 days after you begin taking the medications. Other forms of birth control, including pills, rings, injections, or patches, should start the day the patient takes the Misoprostol (second dose of medication). You should always plan to implement a back-up birth control method during this time, as it can take a week for many hormonal contraceptives to take full effect.
Schedule an Appointment at All Women’s Medical Center Today
Do you have questions or concerns about our post-pregnancy termination counseling in Chicago? Please contact All Women’s Medical Center to schedule an appointment. You can count on our more than 45 years of experience to help alleviate some of your anxiety regarding post-abortion contraception. Your health and well-being are always our top priority. We’ll help you determine which type of contraception is best for your body to prevent pregnancies in the future.