Birth control includes the methods, medications, and devices used to prevent pregnancy. At Jeffrey Yu, MD PC, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, the board-certified OB/GYN can talk to you about your birth control options and help you decide what method makes the right choice for you. Call the New York City office or schedule an appointment online today.
Birth control, also called contraception, is any method available to prevent pregnancy. Some methods require a prescription, while others you can pick up at the corner store.
Though you have many birth options, some work better than others. Additionally, some forms of birth control may help you manage underlying gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis or abnormal bleeding.
Dr. Yu is an experienced OB/GYN who can talk to you about the different methods of birth control and help you find the one that best fits your needs.
Birth control comes in many forms. Some of the types Dr. Yu recommends or provides include:
Most birth control devices are long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs). These include birth control implants that go in the arm and intrauterine devices (IUDs) that go in your uterus. LARCs remain in place for three or more years.
The NuvaRing® is also a birth control device. It’s a small flexible ring you place in your vagina and leave it there for three weeks. You then remove it and insert a new ring a week later.
Birth control pills contain hormones that stop you from releasing an egg (ovulation) or prevent sperm from reaching your egg, so you don’t get pregnant. You must take birth control pills as prescribed in order to prevent unintended pregnancies.
A birth control shot is an injection you get every three months to prevent pregnancy.
Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control that cuts or blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Dr. Yu uses minimally invasive techniques when performing this procedure.
Diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms are barrier methods of birth control. Condoms are also the only form of birth control that protects against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Dr. Yu takes a patient-centered approach to care. Before making any recommendations, he asks about your current and future pregnancy plans and sexual activity. Though not required, Dr. Yu may perform a physical and pelvic exam to confirm or rule out a gynecological condition.
He then talks to you about the different types of birth control, how they work, and the potential side effects. Then, you decide what method makes the best choice for you.
Call the office of Jeffrey Yu, MD PC, or schedule your birth control consultation online today.