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By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
July 30, 2019
Tags: Birth Control  

There are many forms of contraception available to you and it’s important for you to be familiar with them.
If you go online you’ll soon discover a myriad of contraceptive options and it can be very confusing to figure out which is the best one for birth controlyou.  Whether this is your first time considering contraception or if you’ve been using something that you aren’t completely satisfied with, Dr. Sharon Diamond, an Upper East Side, NY gynecologist is available to provide you with the birth control counseling you need to be able to make informed decisions regarding your sexual health.
Here are different types of contraceptives you can discuss with Dr. Diamond in her Upper East Side, NY office:

  • Hormonal birth control such as pills, patches, vaginal rings, an injection or implant.
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD), which can be hormonal (containing progestin) or non-hormonal (copper coated)
  • Barrier methods such as diaphragms and condoms
  • Natural methods such as abstinence

While these can be effective in preventing pregnancy, it is important to remember that only a condom can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
There are lots of factors to consider when it comes to deciding on the contraceptive method most suitable for you. Being able to sit down with gynecologist Dr. Diamond and discuss what you’re looking for in your birth control will help you to make the right choice. For example, if you don’t think you’ll remember or be able to take your medication every day at the same time, birth control pills might not be the best approach.  In that case, a vaginal ring, a patch, an injection or an IUD may be better options. For women who want little hassle when it comes to contraception and aren’t interested in getting pregnant for some time, the IUD might be the best choice. It is inserted into the uterus with a minor in-office procedure and it can remain there for 3 to 10 years, depending on the type.
An IUD comes in a hormonal and non-hormonal form so even those who experience negative side effects from hormonal birth control can still consider an IUD. Very little of the hormone actually enters the body outside of the uterus so hormonal side effects are minimal or non-existent. The hormonal IUD’s, again depending on type, can remain in place for 3-5 years whereas the non-hormonal IUD can be left in place for up to 10 years.
Another factor to consider is your tolerance for hormonal medication. We know that some women experience negative effects with hormones or for medical reasons cannot take them, and if you are someone who has been having difficulty finding the birth control that’s right for you, there are several non-hormonal options out there. We can discuss all the pros and cons and help you choose the one that’s most appropriate for you and your health.
If you would like to meet with Dr. Sharon Diamond to discuss birth control options to find the method that most fits your lifestyle and reproductive issues, don’t hesitate to call our Upper East Side, NY office today to schedule a consultation. Call (212) 876-2200.

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
August 01, 2018
Tags: Birth Control  

What your doctor in Upper East Side, NY, wants you to know about birth control counseling

Birth control is a vital part of family planning and you should consider carefully which method is best for you. Your doctor can help you birth controlmake the right choice. Dr. Sharon Diamond in Upper East Side, NY, wants to share some information with you about several of the birth control options available.

Popular birth control choices are hormonal contraceptives including:

  • A birth control pill; a small pill taken daily which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy
  • A skin patch; a small patch attached to your skin which releases hormones gradually to prevent pregnancy
  • A vaginal ring; a flexible plastic ring inserted into your upper vagina which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy
  • A birth control shot; an injection of hormones which is administered every 3 months
  • An implant; a small rod-like device which releases hormones to prevent pregnancy. The implant is placed into your upper arm and can last up to 3 years.

Another option is an intrauterine device, commonly known as an IUD. An IUD is inserted into your uterus and remains inside for varying periods of time. The insertion is a minor procedure which is done in Dr. Diamond’s office. There are IUDs which contain hormones and can be left in place for 3 to 5 years. The advantages of these are that they commonly reduce the amount and duration of menstrual flow as well as cramping that may accompany the period.  There is also a non-hormonal IUD which can be left in place for up to 10 years.

Other birth control options include condoms, diaphragms, cervical caps, sponges, and spermicide. In addition to offering protection from pregnancy, condoms also help prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases or STDs.

Selecting a method of birth control is an important decision and one you don’t need to make alone. You deserve to know all of your options and your doctor will be happy to discuss them with you. For more information about birth control counseling and other gynecological services, call Dr. Sharon Diamond in Upper East Side, NY. Make an appointment for birth control counseling by calling (212) 876-2200 today!

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
July 31, 2017
Tags: Birth Control  

Dr. Sharon Diamond offers birth control counseling for women at her Upper East Side Manhattan, NY gynecological practice. YoungBirth Control women often have a lot of questions when it comes to their sexual health and preventing pregnancy. Here are a few of the most common FAQs that women have about birth control.

What Are the Benefits of Birth Control and Why Is It Important?
Women often wonder about the benefits of birth control. The obvious benefit is that you get to have control over your reproductive process and you decide if and when you’re ready to have children. There are other benefits as well, including the following:

- Birth control pills can help some women have more manageable, less painful, and more regular periods. 

-Certain IUD’s can also reduce the amount and duration of menstrual flow and also decrease cramping
- Condoms, another popular contraceptive, can help you avoid or lower your risk of certain STDs.
- Becoming pregnant when she wants to helps increase the likelihood that when a woman does choose to get pregnant, she has the resources and support she needs for a healthy pregnancy.
- Some contraceptive devices are designed to prevent pregnancy for up to 12 years (however they can be removed whenever requested).

What Birth Control Methods Are Now Available?
Prior to the 20th century, women had very limited options when it came to safe birth control. Today, there are numerous birth control methods to choose from. Here are a few offered at Dr. Diamond’s Upper East Side birth control counseling office:

- Birth control pills and rings and emergency contraception (Plan B, also known as the morning after pill).
- IUDs (intrauterine devices).
- Condoms, diaphragms, and sponges.
- Contraceptive patches.
- Vaginal rings.
- Tubal ligation for patients who have decided to stop having children.

Is Any Birth Control 100 Percent Effective?
While no birth control method is 100 percent effective, many are highly reliable. Birth control pills have a 99 percent rate of success when used exactly as prescribed. The IUD also has a 99% rate of effectiveness. The patch rate is 91 percent and condoms have an 82 percent rate of reliability in preventing pregnancy (estimates by Planned Parenthood). Discuss these rates more with your gynecologist.

Ask More Questions at Your Appointment
Make time for birth control counseling with Dr. Sharon Diamond at her Upper East Side Manhattan, NY office. It’s crucial to your sexual health, overall wellness and family planning goals. Call 212-876-2200today to schedule an appointment.

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
July 20, 2016
Tags: Birth Control  

Finding the right form of birth control can involve a little trial and error. Because women's bodies and hormone levels fluctuate and change over time, a method or prescription that worked perfectly in the 20s or 30s may be less effective or ineffective in the 40s or 50s.IUD

With so many options and different methods to choose from, navigating the birth control landscape can be overwhelming. Upper East Side gynecologist Dr. Sharon Diamond offers comprehensive counseling services to help women of all ages find the most effective birth control method for their individual needs.

Birth Control Counseling on the Upper East Side

Why is contraceptive counseling necessary? When it comes to birth control, there is no "one size fits all" method. Evaluating current and future reproductive goals and biological factors can help to narrow down the options to find the method that is right for each woman.

There are several categories of female contraception:

  • Hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills, injection, vaginal ring, patch)
  • Intrauterine implant (IUD device)
  • Vaginal (diaphragm, sponge, cervical cap, condoms)
  • Emergency contraception (Plan B, morning after pill)
  • Fertility mapping/awareness
  • Permanent sterilization

Understanding the effectiveness, potential side effects, and potential long-term effects of each method are important in choosing the option that will yield the best results. Researching preferred methods and preparing questions and concerns for the counseling appointment is advisable, as well as any concerns about fertility and reproductive goals if appropriate. Working with a gynecologist and fertility specialist can help to simplify the process and ensure that women are aware of all of the available contraceptive options.

Contact a Gynecologist on the Upper East Side

The key to effective birth control is finding the method that is best for you. For more information on the various forms of birth control and to discuss your options, contact the office of Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW by calling (212) 876-2200 to schedule a counseling session today.


By Sharon B. Diamond, MD
May 04, 2015
Tags: IUDs  

When it comes to choosing the right type of birth control, women have many options. While the birth control pill is one of the most popular, it isn't right for everyone and it isn't the only choice available. Another type of birth control that Sharon Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW offers in her office on the Upper East Side of New York City, is the intrauterine device, known as the IUD.IUDs

What is an IUD?

An IUD is a small, plastic device that is inserted into your uterus to help prevent pregnancy. There are two types of IUDs available in the United States today: the copper variety, and hormonal variety, which contains a progestin. Speak to your gynecologist to find out which type is right for you.

How Do IUDs Work?

Hormonal IUDS thicken the cervical mucus. Both hormonal and copper IUDs protect the egg from being reached by sperm, thus stopping fertilization. Hormonal IUDs may also at least partially prevent ovulation, and both make it difficult for an egg to implant in the uterus.  The copper IUD may also be an effective “morning after” contraceptive if inserted within two days of unprotected intercourse.

Are IUDs Effective?

With a success rate of over 99 percent, IUDs are extremely effective.

Are IUDs Safe?

Today's IUDs are considered very safe. They may come with minor side effects (nearly all birth control options do). Any serious side effects are considered extremely rare. IUDs can be used for as long as five to ten years, depending on the type.

What are Common Side Effects of IUDs?

Cramping is fairly common with IUDs, as are irregular periods and ceasing to have a period altogether. The cramping should go away within the first few days, though it may take a few months to stop altogether. It is generally mild though, and can be treated with an over-the-counter pain medication. You may also spot between periods over the course of the first six months.  The hormone containing IUDs also have the advantages of decreasing menstrual cramps and the duration and amount of menstrual flow so this may be an especially good choice for women who have painful periods.

If you need a safe and effective way to prevent pregnancy, an IUD may be right for you. Schedule an appointment with Upper East Side, NY gynecologist, Dr. Sharon Diamond, to discuss your treatment options.