Why should I use birth control?
Whether you want to have children or not, birth control is a great way to ensure you get pregnant only when you want to. This means you can make the choice to conceive when you’re ready and healthy enough to do so. Also, birth control can often be a way to manage different health conditions that women experience as a result of hormone irregularities. For women who experience things like irregular periods, severe acne, or uncomfortable symptoms, certain types of birth control can be a first line treatment option. That’s why it’s important to talk with your gynecologist about your birth control options, since the benefits can include more than just preventing pregnancy.
Is birth control safe?
Every medication comes with some small amount of risk. When birth control first became available many years ago, it came with much higher risks than today’s methods. Although there are still risks that come with different birth control methods, they are greatly reduced and can be mitigated by an experienced gynecologist who knows your health history. Many women use birth control for the long term and experience very few or no serious health effects before going on to enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy. If you’re concerned about your health and how birth control might affect it, your gynecologist can help.
What are my birth control options?
You have a lot of choices for birth control, from condoms to caps to pills. Find one that you’re confident with– and that you can commit to using every time you have sex. We offer a wide selection of birth control options so you and your gynecologist can select the method that works best for you and your partner. Our options include:
How do I pick a birth control method?
It can seem overwhelming at first to pick birth control methods. You can start by considering these factors:
- How fail-proof do I need my protection plan to be?
- How much does cost matter?
- How important is my privacy?
- Do I have a regular partner whose needs I care about?
- Do I need to protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?
- How much effort do I want to make to prevent pregnancy?
- Does it matter if my period is affected?
- Do I have future plans for children?
Once you have these things in mind, your gynecologist can guide you to the right options for you and your goals.
Schedule an Appointment
Your first step in making sure you’re protected against unwanted pregnancy during sex is through an appointment with our expert gynecological team. To get started on discussing your options, contact our New York City office by calling or filling out our online form.