Choosing the beset contraceptive method can be a little overwhelming. With so many choices available, it's not always easy to decide which 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.