We Offer The Following Birth Control Options

At Alliance Women’s Medical Group, we are delighted to provide you with the birth control method that suits you best after ensuring your abortion is successfully completed. A variety of birth control methods are available. During your visit, we will thoroughly assess your medical history and individual preferences to determine the most suitable family planning method for you.

IUD

The IUD is a small T-shaped piece of plastic placed in your uterus that disrupts sperm mobility and stops them from fertilizing an egg. It might seem strange, but it is highly effective. Should you decide to conceive, the IUD can be removed at any time. At AWG, we provide the Paragard IUD. This hormone-free IUD does not affect your menstrual cycles. It consists of plastic and a minor amount of natural, safe copper and can remain in place for up to 12 years. When you’re ready to conceive, our healthcare providers can easily remove it, allowing you to try for pregnancy right away. It has a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy and has been used by women for more than 20 years.

What Is It Like To Get An IUD Inserted?

The IUD insertion is performed during a routine office visit. Our specialists are expertly trained in placing IUDs and boast extensive experience with this procedure. Inserting an IUD is quick, takes just a few minutes, and does not necessitate any downtime for recovery. You might experience some cramping during the procedure, which typically can be alleviated with a single dose of Motrin. The IUD is positioned within your uterus, leaving two slender strings that can be felt inside your vagina. Your provider will instruct you on how to find these strings (they are necessary for future removal of the IUD), and these strings are designed to be unobtrusive and should not be detectable by you or your partner. You should be menstruating during the insertion, but the IUD can be placed on any day, provided you are sure you are not pregnant. After the procedure, any cramps or discomfort usually eases within a few minutes, and no recovery period is required.

What Are the Risks/Side Effects of the IUD?

Side effects from the Paragard are generally minimal because it does not contain synthetic hormones. Nevertheless, the Paragard might cause your periods to become somewhat longer, heavier, and more painful, particularly during the initial 3-6 months. A few women might notice light spotting between periods in the first few months, though this is uncommon. About 5% of women may expel the IUD spontaneously, and this is most likely to happen if the IUD is inserted less than six weeks postpartum. A rare but severe potential side effect is uterine perforation, where the IUD is inserted too deeply and punctures the uterine wall. This complication is treatable and occurs in less than 1 in 1000 insertions.

What Happens When I Want to Remove the IUD?

You can visit Alliance Women’s Medical Group to have the IUD removed whenever you choose, for any reason such as changing your mind, disliking the side effects, wishing to conceive, or opting for another contraceptive method. The process of removing the IUD is swift and typically pain-free, and because the IUD does not impact your hormones or menstrual cycle, conception is possible immediately.

Birth Control Pills

Often referred to simply as «The Pill», these are also known as oral contraceptives. You should take it daily at the same hour. The pill primarily functions by releasing hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing eggs and thickening the cervical mucus to stop sperm from reaching the egg.

How Do I Take The Pills?

It is crucial to take the pill at the same time each day to ensure maximum effectiveness, which is about 95%. The specific time of day does not matter as long as it’s convenient for consistent intake. Missing a pill or taking it at varying times can increase your risk of becoming pregnant. Typically, pill packs include 21 days of active pills followed by a week of placebo pills, which may be referred to as «sugar pills.» During this placebo week, you will menstruate. Some brands might include iron in their placebo pills to prevent anemia. Brands may vary slightly in the duration of the menstrual period. Your healthcare provider will guide you on what to do if you miss a pill.

What the Possible Side Effects of the Pill?

Women who use birth control pills often experience lighter, less painful periods and a reduced risk of uterine cancer. Break-through bleeding and spotting are possible, especially if the pill is not taken consistently at the same time each day. Other common side effects of hormonal contraceptives like the pill include breast tenderness, headaches, and nausea. These side effects tend to be more pronounced when starting the pill but often diminish and typically resolve after a few months of consistent use.

Depo-Provera Injection

The Depo shot, or Depo-Provera is a long-lasting contraceptive injection that provides effective birth control for three months. It’s a suitable option for women who cannot use estrogen, including those who are breastfeeding or have high blood pressure. Depo-Provera works by preventing ovulation and thickening the cervical mucus, thereby blocking sperm from reaching the egg. It is a highly effective method, with only about 0.3% (or 1-3 out of every 100) of women who use it regularly becoming pregnant. You will receive a reminder card at each visit to help you remember your next appointment for the injection, and it’s crucial to adhere to this schedule.

What Are the Side Effects of the Injection?

Women using the injection might notice changes in their menstrual patterns, including heavier, prolonged, or completely absent periods. The likelihood of experiencing amenorrhea, or the absence of menstruation, increases with time, but this condition is not harmful. Spotting may occur frequently or between regular menstrual cycles. Such irregular bleeding can be addressed by your healthcare provider if necessary. Concerns about weight gain are common, though studies have not consistently linked the injection to significant weight changes. However, the hormones in the injection could increase appetite, potentially leading to weight gain. Some loss of bone density is also possible with the use of the injection, but this effect is generally reversible once the injection is discontinued. To counteract bone density loss, you may consider taking a daily calcium supplement.

Patch

The Contraceptive Patch is a hormonal device that delivers both progestin and estrogen, akin to many birth control pills. Instead of taking a pill daily, you attach a patch to your skin each week, which allows hormones to be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. During the fourth week of each cycle, you do not wear a patch, which is when you will experience a menstrual bleed. The effectiveness of the patch ranges from 92-97% in preventing pregnancy, depending largely on how consistently it is used.

Where Can I Wear the Patch?

The Patch should be applied to one of several areas: the abdomen, buttock, upper outer arm, or upper torso (excluding the breasts). It is important to alternate the application site each week to avoid skin irritation from repeated placement in the same location.

What Are Possible Side Effects of the Patch?

The incidence of breakthrough bleeding and spotting with the Patch is comparable to that of the Pill. Common side effects include breast tenderness, headaches, and nausea, which are most pronounced when first starting the Patch but typically improve and may completely disappear as the body adapts to the hormones over a few months. Additionally, some users may experience skin reactions at the application site, but rotating the patch placement weekly can mitigate this issue.

Permanent Sterilization (Tubal Ligation, “Tying the Tubes”)

If you are sure that you do not want any future pregnancies, permanent sterilization might be a suitable option for you. You are required to sign a consent form for sterilization at least 30 days prior to the scheduled surgery. The procedure can be performed using laparoscopy (small holes in the abdomen with the use of cameras) or through a laparotomy (a small incision above the pubic area). Once you decide that permanent contraception is necessary, the team at Alliance Women’s Medical Group will support you throughout the entire process.

Alliance Women’s Medical Group (AWMG)

AWMG has been dedicated to delivering outstanding care in a confidential, private environment. We invite you to book a consultation or visit us. Please contact us at (213) 353-4971. Our compassionate and professional staff are eager to assist you with the high-quality care you require. All services are confidential, and records are released only with your express consent.