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Birth Control Specialist

Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery

Obstetrics and Gynecologist located in PARK RIDGE, IL & ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL

Choosing the right family planning method can be a challenge. At Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery, you can receive personalized advice about birth control. Board-certified OB/GYN Mariusz Koziol, MD, FACOG, and the team offer a variety of hormonal and nonhormonal family planning methods. With two convenient locations in Elk Grove Village and Park Ridge, Illinois, it's always easy to get care when you need it. Call your nearest office or book an appointment online today.

Birth Control Q & A

What types of birth control are available?

Most women who want to prevent pregnancy opt for hormonal medications or barrier methods of birth control. Hormonal drugs contain hormones that prevent your body from releasing eggs. Some also affect the lining of your uterus to help discourage pregnancy. 

Hormonal birth control medications are delivered through:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Shots
  • Vaginal rings
  • Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

If you prefer to avoid medication, barrier methods are an excellent alternative. This type of birth control uses a physical barrier to block sperm from fertilizing an egg. Barrier methods include:

  • Male condoms
  • Female condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Cervical caps

Other birth control methods, like natural family planning (NFP), are also an option. NFP helps you track your fertile days so you can choose when to abstain from sex. Many women also use NFP to get pregnant.

Which birth control method is right for me?

At Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery, you receive a personalized birth control consultation. During your visit, your provider reviews your medical history. They ask what type of birth control you prefer and which options fit into your lifestyle. Next, they help you choose the method that's right for you.

Many women prefer to take hormonal birth control, but hormone-based drugs aren’t appropriate for all women. If you need to avoid these medications, the Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery team helps you choose another safe, reliable birth control method.

Can birth control help with other gynecological problems?

Some gynecological conditions cause painful, heavy periods. Others trigger pelvic pain, bloating, and other unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms can affect your quality of life, and hormonal birth control may provide some relief.

Prescription drugs can balance your hormones and often result in shorter, lighter periods. If you have fibroids or endometriosis, hormonal birth control may also keep your condition from worsening. 

How often should I see a doctor when taking birth control?

All women should see their gynecologist at least once a year for a well-woman visit. During your annual exam, the Midwest OB/GYN & Midwifery team performs a physical exam to make sure you're healthy. Your provider also refills or replaces your birth control. 

After your exam, the helpful office staff helps you schedule your next appointment.

Ready to learn more about your options for birth control? Call the office or book an appointment online today.