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By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
January 30, 2017
Category: Services

Choosing the beset contraceptive method can be a little overwhelming. With so many choices available, it's not always easy to decide birth controlwhich birth control method will fit your lifestyle. Dr. Sharon Diamond offers birth control counseling in her Upper East Side, New York, NY, office and explains contraceptive options and considerations.

Types of birth control in the Upper East Side of New York, NY

Barrier contraceptives block sperm from entering your uterus. These contraceptives are often the least expensive option and also the easiest to obtain. Some types, such as condoms and contraceptive sponges, are available in stores. Others, including diaphragms and cervical caps, must be fitted by your gynecologist.

Hormonal birth control is a very effective choice for many women. It comes in a variety of forms, including patches, shots, pills, rings and implants. Intrauterine devices (IUDs) offer another effective option. The t-shaped device is inserted into the uterus and works by killing or damaging sperm, preventing fertilization.

Some women prefer natural family planning. Instead of taking pills or using products or devices, women avoid having sex on their most fertile days. Although natural family planning, also called the rhythm method, can help you prevent pregnancy, it's not nearly as effective as other methods.

Sterilization is a good choice if you're sure that you don't want to have any more children. The procedure involves blocking or closing the Fallopian tubes that carry eggs from the ovaries to the uterus.

Things to think about

Birth control is a highly personal choice. The best option for a friend or relative might not be the ideal choice for you. Before you decide on a method, it's a good idea to compare the effectiveness of each choice. Hormonal methods are the most effective, while failures are more likely with natural family planning.

It's also important to consider how dedicated you'll be to using a particular form of contraception. If you know it will be a challenge to remember to take a pill every day or insert a diaphragm before sex, a birth control shot that lasts three months might be a better option. Health concerns and religious beliefs may also affect your contraceptive choice.

Birth control counseling from your gynecologist can help you decide which form of birth control is the best choice for you. Call Dr. Diamond, your Upper East Side, New York, NY gynecologist, at (212) 876-2200 to schedule your appointment.

By Sharon B. Diamond, MD, FACOG, MSW
March 27, 2015
Category: Services

Contraceptive Counseling When considering birth control, there are so many options available that it's easy to become overwhelmed. Contraceptive counseling should be part of the gynecologic examination for every reproductive aged woman. If you are ready to consider contraceptives, or if you are interested in changing your birth control, contraceptive counseling can help you determine what's right for you.

The Benefits of Contraceptive Counseling Choices

Dr. Sharon Diamond, an Upper East Side gynecologist, can offer you many different options for birth control that will meet your individual lifestyle needs. Everyone's situation is different. Some women want short-term contraception while other women need a longer term solution. Contraceptive counseling can inform you of all the choices currently available.

Education

The ideal person to ask your questions about contraception is a women's healthcare provider. She can provide you with a wealth of education about the various options for contraception. Dr. Diamond, an Upper East Side gynecologist, will also communicate the risks and benefits of each option so you can decide what's right for you, especially important if you have certain medical conditions (such as migraine headaches, for example).  A discussion of risks and benefits of each method, however, is essential for every woman considering birth control.

Empowerment

Contraceptive counseling can not only help you choose which contraceptive is right for you, but it can also help to empower you to take that next step in the process. Whether you are interested in starting birth control pills or having an IUD placed, contraceptive counseling helps you feel confident in making the decision that is right for your body.  Some birth control methods can also medically treat certain gynecologic or hormonal issues such as heavy or prolonged periods, menstrual cramps, irregular or absent periods, acne, etc., so that even a woman who does not need contraception to prevent pregnancy might want to consider a consultation with regard to treatment for those conditions.

Talk to Your Gynecologist

When you are deciding on contraception, whether for pregnancy prevention or for treatment, your gynecologist is the person trained to counsel and prescribe those medications and procedures. Depending on the type of birth control, your doctor may also need to perform a procedure to insert or inject the contraceptive. Your gynecologist will have the most accurate and up-to-date knowledge on every option.

Dr. Diamond on the Upper East Side of New York City offers in-depth counseling for contraceptives ranging from pills to IUDs to permanent sterilization. Schedule an appointment today to find out which contraceptive options may be right for you.