Birth control can help you plan the number and timing of your pregnancies, or it can prevent you from having kids at all. Jennifer Wu, MD, Adam Romoff, MD, and the expert team at Women's Health of Manhattan provide comprehensive birth control services for women of all stages of life. Call their office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City or request an appointment online today to find the best type of birth control for you.
Birth control, also known as contraception, includes a broad range of medications, methods, and devices that prevent pregnancy. If you’re sexually active and don’t want to get pregnant, you need to use birth control.
There are many types of birth control to choose from, some of which are more effective than others. It’s important to remember that latex condoms are the only form of birth control that also protects you from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
The doctors at Women's Health of Manhattan offer a variety of birth control methods, including:
Short-acting hormonal birth control includes the pill, patch, shot, or vaginal ring. You need to remember to take a pill every day or replace a patch weekly or ring monthly. The birth control shot requires a visit to your doctor’s office every three months.
With proper use, the pill, patch, and ring are typically about 91% effective. The shot is about 94% effective.
Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) include hormonal implants and intrauterine devices (IUDs). Both of these options require a quick, in-office procedure for insertion. After that, you don’t have to remember anything for several years.
LARCs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy for 3-10 years, depending on the type you get. They’re also reversible, which means you can have a baby when you’re ready.
If you know you don’t want children in the future, a permanent procedure like tubal ligation provides irreversible pregnancy prevention in women. For men, permanent birth control involves a simple vasectomy procedure.
Birth control options that don’t require a prescription or doctor’s visit include barrier methods like condoms and diaphragms.
No one type of birth control is best for everyone. Your doctor at Women's Health of Manhattan considers your overall health, personal preferences, and desire to have children in the future when recommending contraception methods. They explain your options and help you choose the optimal approach for your needs.
To learn more about birth control, call Women's Health of Manhattan, or book an appointment online today.