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Comprehensive Contraception And IUD Placement
Dr. Leigh Roberts, MD - Chicago

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Dr. Roberts values cultivating long-term relationships with her patients at Hejira Healthcare. This means having an open and comfortable line of communication between doctor and patient. Family planning and choosing contraception are personal conversations, and Dr. Roberts wants all of her patients to feel comfortable discussing them in her office to choose what is best for their individual wants and needs.

Common Questions about Comprehensive Contraception And IUD Placement

How is Dr. Roberts specially qualified to provide comprehensive contraception options?

With so many varieties of contraception available, patients appreciate Dr. Roberts’ expertise in prescribing the right method for their needs. She’s been helping patients choose the right family planning method for themselves for almost two decades and has a wealth of knowledge to help patients decipher what’s best. She can help younger patients choose longer­-acting methods that can last up to 7 or 10 years, if they should choose.

What kinds of contraception options do you offer?

Dr. Roberts offers oral contraception, injectable contraception, and long-acting contraceptive devices, including subdermal skin implants and IUDs. There are several different types of IUDs available, some of the most common being Skyla and Mirena, which last three and five years, respectively, and contain progesterone only. There is also a 10-year IUD option, which contains no hormones. Dr. Roberts encourages her patients to have an open and honest conversation about which contraceptive option is best for them, and she customizes to meet the unique needs of each person.

What’s the difference between contraception with and without hormones?

Birth control consists of combinations of estrogen and progesterone, which enables you to have a period. Moving to a progesterone-only form of contraception—either injections, three or five-year IUD, or a skin implant—for most people means they will stop having periods.

How do I decide which contraceptive option is right for me?

Choosing a contraceptive device is a very personal decision. Dr. Roberts encourages her patients to consider many factors when making the decision: whether or not you’re comfortable not having a period, where you are in your reproductive planning, whether or not you’re willing to undergo a procedure to place a device. The answer is different for each patient, and Dr. Roberts is committed to taking as much time as possible to help her patients feel comfortable with and confident in whichever decision they make.

What will it cost me?

Most insurances will cover contraceptive devices upfront, whereas oral contraception requires monthly refills. For some patients, this is another factor to consider when choosing their method of contraception. Many patients choose the long-acting devices while their insurance covers the cost. If you’re considering which contraceptive device to use, make an appointment with Dr. Roberts—she will help walk you through the options to determine the best decision for you.

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