Taking control of your fertility safeguards your future health and happiness. If you’re unsure which birth control method you should choose, the experienced women’s health care team at Mesbah OB/GYN in Garden City, New York, can help. They offer a comprehensive choice of birth control options to suit each woman’s needs. For expert help and support, call Mesbah OB/GYN today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Birth control gives women a choice over when and if they wish to have children. Using an effective form of contraception protects you from the emotional, financial, and physical problems of unwanted pregnancy, giving you the freedom to live life as you choose.
Numerous birth control options are available now, and picking the right one can be difficult. The best way to choose the most suitable option is to talk to your provider at Mesbah OB/GYN.
They can provide you with the information you need and recommend a contraceptive that matches your lifestyle and goals.
Hormonal birth control methods work by stopping your ovaries from releasing eggs. They also thicken the cervical mucus, preventing sperm from reaching an egg. The Mesbah OB/GYN team offers a variety of hormonal birth control options, including:
Birth control pills contain the hormones estrogen and progestin. You take them daily to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptive pills are safe, convenient, and effective for most women.
Patches can be as effective as birth control pills if used correctly. You wear them on your skin, absorbing the estrogen and progestin released by the patches.
Soft, flexible vaginal rings also contain estrogen and progestin, which in this case gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream through the vaginal wall. You wear the ring for three weeks, take it out, and insert a new one seven days later.
Barrier methods of birth control stop sperm from entering your uterus. Examples include:
A diaphragm is a thin, dome-shaped rubber device you insert into your vagina. It fits over your cervix, with your vaginal muscles holding it in place. You use a diaphragm with spermicide, which kills the sperm.
Condoms are made of latex or polyurethane. They fit over a man’s penis or inside a woman’s vagina. Condoms are the only birth control method that also prevents sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
One of the most effective and convenient forms of birth control is the intrauterine device (IUD).
There are two types of IUDs. One contains hormones and works in the same way as the contraceptive pill; the other is made of copper, which is hostile to sperm. Both are small, T-shaped devices that fit into your uterus.
Mesbah OB/GYN offers several kinds of IUDs, including Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena®, and Liletta® hormonal IUDs and Paragard® copper IUD. These IUDs stay in place for years — up to 10 years for a copper IUD.
If you’re looking for a permanent form of contraception, your OB/GYN can perform a tubal ligation procedure.
To find the birth control that’s right for you, call Mesbah OB/GYN today, or book an appointment online.