Northwest Chicago Women’s Health Clinic
4341 N Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago IL 60641
Monday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Do you provide me with birth control?
Yes. We offer birth control to our patients immediately after the abortion, if they are medically eligible. The clinician and physician will evaluate your needs and assist you with finding an appropriate birth control method. In most cases we provide one full year of birth control.
When do I start my birth control?
In most cases, you should start your birth control on the first Sunday after your abortion procedure unless you are provided different instructions by our medical staff on the day of your visit.
Starting birth control as soon as you can after your procedure may help to reduce the amount of bleeding you have after an abortion and it will often help regulate your periods sooner. If you do not start your birth control right away after your procedure it is possible for you to become pregnant again within just a few weeks of the abortion.
Can I have an IUD (Mirena, Sklya or Paragard) inserted right away after the abortion?
Yes, we provide intrauterine device (such as the Mirena, Skyla and Paragard) insertions immediately following an abortion procedure. One of the benefits of having an IUD inserted on the same day as an abortion procedure is that we can insert the IUD while you are still under sedation, so you will not feel any discomfort during the insertion.
If you are having the abortion pill procedure, we can insert an IUD on the day of your required follow up visit, in most cases.
An IUD is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. Please see our ‘Helpful Links’ page for more information about your IUD options. Most private insurance companies cover birth control, including an IUD. If you are not using your insurance for the abortion procedure, we are still happy to check your insurance for birth control coverage.
What kind of birth control is best for me?
Finding the ‘best’ birth control method can take some time. Your needs and preferences are unique to you. Your sister may really like the ‘depo shot’ but you might prefer birth control pills or a Mirena IUD. Every woman is different–keep in mind that you may need to try a couple different methods before you find the right birth control for you!
We recommend that you explore your options before you come in for your visit. You can go to our ‘Helpful Links’ page for more information on birth control options.
Keep in mind that most birth control methods do not help to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) such as HIV and chlamydia. It is important to use a condom every time you have sex to protect yourself, especially if you or your partner have more than one sex partner. Some STDs are viruses can cannot be cured which means that they will never ‘go away’. If you have an STD and it is not treated quickly, it can make it harder for you to become pregnant in the future (infertility). At FPA we provide STD testing and referrals for free STD testing at your request.
Do I have to make an appointment for an abortion?
Yes. We recommend scheduling an appointment because our facilities offer different kinds of appointments on different days. Most often some instructions are needed in order for you to prepare for your visit as well.
We will make every effort to accommodate same day appointment requests.
How soon can I get an appointment?
Appointments are available for the same day or the following day, depending on our schedule. We are very flexible with our schedule and will make every effort to accommodate your request.
Do I need to see my doctor for a pregnancy test or ultrasound before my appointment?
No. A pregnancy test and ultrasound will be performed in our office when you arrive for your appointment.