Learn more about the interuterine device, or IUD, from Katherine D. Pocius, MD, MPH, medical director of family planning in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Complex Family Planning | General Gynecology Department
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care, Suite 4E
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
Mass General Waltham
52 Second Avenue
Waltham, MA 02451
Chelsea HealthCare Center
151 Everett Avenue
Chelsea, MA 02150
Revere HealthCare Center
300 Ocean Avenue
Revere, MA 02151
Charlestown HealthCare Center
73 High Street
Charlestown, MA 02129
Please note: Contraception counseling can take place at any of our locations as well as via telemedicine for Massachusetts residents. While we don’t provide all services at all locations, all care options take place within our OB/GYN clinics.
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Mass General Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) is committed to reproductive equity. We offer full-scope family planning services, including personalized contraception counseling, all approved methods of birth control, and abortion care. We provide expert, evidence-based care, and we treat every person with compassion, dignity and respect.
Treatments & Services
We offer counseling and clinical care for all approved methods of birth control, including:
- Diaphragms and other non-hormonal options
- Barrier methods
- Permanent contraception
- Emergency contraception
We also provide medication abortion and surgical abortion care per Massachusetts state law.
Our family planning program is part of an academic medical center. This access to cutting-edge research and top-tier clinical care allows us to treat patients who have complex medical issues that other outpatient clinics cannot address. We’re also able to care for patients who may need anesthesia and those whose care requires integration across teams.
Mass General OB/GYN accepts all patients regardless of gender identity for birth control and abortion care, including teens and adolescents.
- We provide contraceptive counseling for those with complex medical conditions including those who may be concerned about drug interactions
- We understand there are many uses for birth control, including pregnancy prevention, menstrual regulation or suppression and management of other medical conditions, including Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, recurrent ovarian cysts, epilepsy, etc.
Contraception Management Services
- In one visit we can offer counseling and provide all approved methods of birth control including pills, patches, rings, diaphragms and other non-hormonal options, barrier methods and implants
- Long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) options such as intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants
- Insertion and removal of IUDs for patients who require anesthesia or ultrasound guidance for these procedures
- Pain control options for IUD procedures for those who need or prefer them
- Emergency contraception including Plan B, Ella and copper or hormonal IUD insertion
- Permanent sterilization, such as salpingectomy or bilateral tubal ligation
- Patients can receive medication abortion up to 11 weeks gestation dated by last menstrual period with a single in person visit
- Patients can receive surgical abortion in an outpatient or inpatient setting depending on your medical needs or preferences. Services include:
- First trimester uterine aspiration with the option for local anesthesia in the office or with deep sedation and/or general anesthesia depending on your unique medical needs or preferences
- Second trimester dilation and evacuation with deep sedation or general anesthesia
- Patient can also opt for induction termination for later abortion care
Depending on your needs and preferences, your care team may include one or more physicians, certified nurse-midwives, nurse practitioners and nurses. We may also work with an integrated specialty team including colleagues in the Ultrasound & Prenatal Diagnostics Center, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Fetal Care Program and clinical social workers in Social Service to deliver patient-centered, expert care.
Frequently Asked Questions: IUDs -- Patients today have many safe and effective options when it comes to choosing a method of birth control. From methods that need regular attention like condoms, the pill, patches and vaginal rings, to longer-lasting methods like birth control implants, hormonal injections, IUDs and permanent sterilization, the birth-control landscape can be a little daunting. With so many options, it can be difficult to decide which method is best for you.
Family Planning During COVID-19 -- Choosing to build or grow a family, or to wait, has become more complicated during COVID-19. Mass General OB/GYN provides the full scope of family planning services. Delivery of care is different during COVID-19, but Mass General is still committed to providing access to safe and effective birth control.
Financial questions – Mass Health and most private insurances in Massachusetts cover abortion. You should check with your insurance provider to be sure. If you are a patient, the Mass General Brigham Finance Office can also help check your insurance coverage: 617-726-3884. For patients who need to pay cash, the Mass General Brigham Finance Office can calculate a cash-pay price.
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