Birth Control Specialist

Mott Women Healthcare

OB-GYN located in Lower Manhattan, New York

Just a few decades ago, there wasn’t a huge selection of birth-control methods, but today, you can choose from numerous ways to prevent pregnancy. The patient-focused OB/GYNs at Mott Women Healthcare in New York City help you find the birth-control method that’s right for you. Whether you want the long-term convenience of a birth-control implant, oral medication, or a permanent solution, the knowledgeable team of doctors helps you understand your options and choose one that’s right for you. Call the office in to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Birth Control Q & A

What birth-control methods are available?

Birth-control methods come in numerous forms, including:

  • Barrier methods, such as condoms and diaphragms
  • Ovulation prevention through hormones, such as birth-control pills
  • Preventing a fertilized egg from becoming implanted, as with intrauterine devices (IUDs)
  • Abstinence and fertility awareness
  • Sterilization, such as tubal ligation and vasectomy

Within these broad categories, many options can be chosen from. Some of the most popular birth-control solutions include:

  • Pills or patches
  • Implants
  • Vaginal rings
  • IUDs
  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Sponges
  • Shots

Birth control is a very personal decision. The team at Mott Women Healthcare can help you understand your choices and decide the pros and cons of which method is right for you.

Which type of birth control is most effective at preventing pregnancy?

Birth control implants, permanent sterilization, IUDs, and abstinence are the most effective methods of preventing pregnancy but are not always practical, especially if you hope to become pregnant in the future. Birth-control pills, when taken correctly, are highly effective, but they can sometimes interact with other medications that weaken their effectiveness – or, if you forget to take them and still have sex, you can become pregnant.

How do birth-control implants work?

A birth-control implant is a tiny rod that your doctor implants under your skin, usually in your upper arm. The implant releases a hormone called progestin which helps prevent you from becoming pregnant. Progestin thickens the mucus on your cervix to prevent sperm from getting through to an unfertilized egg.

The progestin can also prevent eggs from leaving your ovaries during ovulation, so there’s no egg for the sperm to fertilize.

Implants are popular among women who don’t want to get pregnant for a long period of time – up to four years. You can still get pregnant in the future, or by having your doctor remove the implant when you’re ready to conceive.

It’s important to keep in mind that no single method of birth control is 100% effective at preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You and your partner should get tested for any signs of infection, and even if you’re preventing pregnancy, if you and/or your partner are not in a monogamous relationship, you should take precautions against STDs.

To learn more about birth-control options, call the office or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.