Family Planning and Fertility Control
The KU Women's Health Specialty Centers offers extensive family planning and fertility control services.
The physicians of KU Women's Health Specialists are dedicated to providing comprehensive women's health care, including women's reproductive health. We offer thorough consultations in fertility management for all women, including women with complex medical conditions. Services include:
Medical & Surgical Management of Miscarriage
We provide timely treatment for each and every patient in a specialized and private outpatient setting. We manage first and second trimester miscarriage utilizing a variety of methods; a fertility control consultation is included with each encounter. Our physicians will help you determine the best option for you.
- Medical Management of First Trimester Miscarriage
This outpatient non-surgical approach is offered only to women who are having a first trimester miscarriage. A single medication is used to help empty the uterus. The medication, misoprostol, is inserted vaginally either by the physician while the patient is in office or by the patient in the privacy of her home. Patients will experience cramping and bleeding similar to a heavy period. Spotting and bleeding usually last for two weeks. In order to ensure the uterus has emptied completely, the patient is asked to return to clinic for a follow-up visit.
- Surgical Management of First Trimester Miscarriage
Patients electing to have surgical management may undergo the procedure in the office. The procedure itself takes less than 10 minutes. Local anesthetic is administered to reduce cramping and antibiotics are provided to prevent infection. The patient may also expect to have a brief ultrasound performed during or after the procedure to confirm that the uterus is entirely empty. In the event of an abnormal pregnancy, the patient has the option of requesting genetic testing on the pregnancy tissue.
- Medical or Surgical Management of Second or Third Trimester Miscarriage
Patients with pregnancy losses in the second or third trimester may also find assistance through KU's Family Planning Clinic. For patient safety and to provide state of the art care for these patients, management is provided either in the operating room at the KU Hospital or on an inpatient basis.
Advanced Fertility Control
KU physicians offer consultation in advanced fertility control for all women, including women with complex medical needs. Services include:
- Contraception options counseling
- Emergency contraception
- IUD insertion and removal
- Bilateral Tubal Ligation
- Non-invasive permanent tubal occlusion
Testing and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
KU physicians also provide comprehensive services both testing for and treating Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). All counseling, testing and treatment is 100% confidential.
Aug 20, 2013