When considering methods to prevent pregnancy, it’s important to be aware of all your options. Myles Kobren, MD, with offices in Syosset and Whitestone, New York, has been at the forefront of women’s health for more than 25 years. He is aware of all the birth control choices women have and knows how to help women decide the option that works best for their personal health needs. If you’re looking for guidance on birth control, call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kobren, or book your appointment online.
Women have several options when it comes to birth control, including:
Barrier methods work by physically blocking sperm from the egg. To be effective, you must use these methods each time you have sex.
Besides preventing pregnancy, condoms and abstinence also protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
If you’re considering a permanent solution to preventing pregnancy, Dr. Kobren offers tubal ligation and Essure®, which is a metal coil that’s surgically implanted to close off the fallopian tube to prevent pregnancy.
Also referred to as oral contraceptives, birth control pills contain hormones, progestin, and estrogen, that prevent the release of an egg.
There are several different types of birth control pills, all with varying amounts of hormones. Dr. Kobren will work with you to help determine the pill that best fits your specific health needs.
To be effective at preventing pregnancy, you have to take birth control pills daily.
Birth control shots -- also referred to as depo provera -- contain the hormone progestin and prevent pregnancy for up to three months. Dr. Kobren, or a trained member of his team, provides the shot.
A patch is a hormonal method of birth control that is placed directly on your skin. The patch -- which contains progestin and estrogen -- can be placed on your arm, buttocks, stomach, or upper torso.
For birth control, a new patch is placed on your skin every seven days for three straight weeks. During the fourth week, you don’t use a patch to trigger your period.
The vaginal contraceptive ring is also a hormonal method of birth control. You insert a ring into your vagina and leave it there for three weeks. The ring doesn’t have to be in any specific spot to be effective.
The ring is then removed during the fourth week for menstruation.
With so many options, it can be difficult to determine what method of birth control might work best for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kobren so he can help you determine the method for you.