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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.