Contraceptive Options You Should Know About
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.

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