Contraception services offered in Lake Forest and Grayslake, IL

When you need contraception, it’s important to have the full spectrum of options so you can find something that fits your needs perfectly. At Women’s Specialty Care SC in Grayslake and Lake Forest, Illinois, the team, including Karen Mass, MD, FACOG, and Leslie Rubeck, CNM, offers all FDA-approved contraception methods to give you truly comprehensive birth control choices. Book your appointment online or call the office nearest to you today.

Contraception Q & A

What is contraception?

Contraception, or birth control, helps you to prevent pregnancy. It’s a vitally important tool to help women control their reproductive health in the way that suits them the best. 


What are the different contraception options?

Women’s Specialty Care SC offers all types of FDA-approved prescription contraceptives. Some of those options include:

  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Intrauterine devices
  • Vaginal rings
  • Implants
  • Shots
  • Cervical caps
  • Diaphragms

In addition to the prescription contraception methods, the team can also discuss over-the-counter methods like condoms and spermicide foams as well as natural family planning methods.

There are also permanent (non-reversible) methods of contraception, including tubal ligation (tube tying) and hysterectomy. But, these methods are only for women who are certain that they don’t want children or those who are finished building their family.


What contraception method is best for me?

With so many choices, you can find the ideal contraception method by carefully considering your personal preferences and lifestyle. Some factors to think about include:



Your personal schedule can play a big role in your birth control choice. Consider what’s convenient for you. Are you able to take pills every day consistently? Or, would it be more realistic to choose an IUD that you don’t have to bother with? Maybe you feel that injections every three months are the easiest option, or perhaps another alternative might work best.



While most methods of prescription birth control are more than 99% effective with optimal use, effectiveness rates can drop sharply with less-than-ideal use. For example, forgetting a few pills per month can significantly reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. So, choose the method that’s most effective, as long as you feel confident that you can use it perfectly.


Side effects

Both hormonal and non-hormonal methods of birth control can have side effects. Each person may react to birth control differently. Discuss possible side effects of each method you’re considering with the Women’s Specialty Care SC team so they can help guide you.

Many other factors may come into play when choosing birth control as well, including your plans for the future, your age, religious beliefs, finances, and medical history. 

Women’s Specialty Care SC offers comprehensive contraceptive consultations and prescriptions based on your unique needs. Book your consultation online or call the office nearest to you for help today.