Birth Control for Teens FAQs

Our doctors at Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL, may prescribe birth control for your teenager to regulate menstrual cycles, reduce the severity of menstrual cramps, treat acne, and prevent unwanted pregnancy. Birth control can also be an effective treatment for polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. The decision to prescribe birth control for your teenager will depend on their health needs and circumstances. We'll reach a decision about which option is best during a consultation.

Prescribing Birth Control for Teens: FAQs 

We've listed some questions parents and teenagers have asked about prescription birth control in Hoffman Estates, IL. If yours is still outstanding, please call us.

Is My Teenager Too Young To Take Birth Control?

Sixteen is a safe age for teenagers to start taking oral contraception designed to prevent bleeding for three months or as long as a year.

What Are the Potential Side Effects of Birth Control Available for Teens?

Most oral contraceptives offer little to no side effects. If side effects do occur, however, your teenager may experience headaches, nausea, and mood swings.

When Should My Teenager Speak to a Doctor About Birth Control?

Not all teenagers feel comfortable discussing birth control with their parents. Teenagers must have access to a healthcare provider to obtain birth control when necessary.

Consult Our Doctor 

Your teenager should consult our doctor about birth control if they're sexually active or planning to become sexually active. It's valuable to have an open and honest discussion with them about birth control options to prevent unintended pregnancy and protect against sexually transmitted infections. Our doctors can also provide information about the potential side effects and risks associated with different types of birth control. 

Please explore our website to learn more about the conditions we treat and the services provided. For more information about birth control or to schedule an appointment at Northwest Associates for Women's Healthcare in Hoffman Estates, IL, call (847) 884-1800.

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