Contraceptive Counseling

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology -  - OB/GYN

Bayard Street Obstetrics & Gynecology

OB/GYNs located in Lower Manhattan & Brooklyn, New York, NY & Flushing, NY

Life is demanding. Sometimes it’s the right time to start a family, other times it isn’t. As experts in contraceptive management, the caring team at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology helps you choose the birth control option that’s right for you. They’re bilingual in English and Chinese, and conveniently located in Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Flushing, New York. Take charge of your reproductive future by calling or scheduling an online consultation today.

Contraceptive Counseling Q & A

What are My Contraceptive Options?

The good news is you have a variety of choices when it comes to contraception or birth control. It’s up to you to decide whether you want the convenience of long-lasting contraceptives, or if you don’t mind remembering to take a pill every day. Some methods help keep you safe from sexually transmitted diseases, while others offer no protection from STDs.

Here are the most common types of contraceptives:

  • Barrier methods - Includes diaphragms and condoms. Though these methods are convenient, you also have to remember to use a condom or diaphragm every time you have sex.
  • Hormonal methods - Includes the pill, patch, shot, and vaginal ring. The effectiveness of the pill will depend on whether you forget to take a pill every day.
  • Long-acting reversible contraceptives - Includes intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and hormonal implants. These methods are quite effective and last for 3-10 years.  

You’ve probably heard of a surgery known as tubal ligation, which is often called “getting your tubes tied.” This is a permanent method for avoiding pregnancy.

How Do Contraceptives Prevent Pregnancy?

The way your birth control prevents a pregnancy depends on the method you choose. Some methods rely on hormones, while others create a physical barrier. Generally, contraceptives work by:

  • Stopping an egg from being released every month
  • Blocking sperm from reaching an egg
  • Killing or crippling sperm
  • Changing the lining of your uterus to prevent a fertilized egg from attaching
  • Thickening your cervical mucus so it’s difficult for sperm to swim through it

What are the Side Effects of Contraceptives?

Before you choose a contraceptive method, you’ll want to tell the doctors about your health and your family medical history, as that will influence your decision. The side effects of contraceptives vary, depending on which contraceptive you choose.

For example, the pill can increase your risk of high blood pressure and blood clots. With an IUD, you have a slightly greater likelihood of ectopic pregnancy, which is a pregnancy growing in your Fallopian tubes.

To help you navigate the possible side effects, the doctors at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology walk you through the pros and cons of contraceptives, so you can make an informed decision.

How Can I Choose Contraception Right for Me?

Choosing the right contraceptive depends on a variety of factors, including your health, lifestyle, and how soon you’d like to start or expand your family. You’ll want to talk with the doctors at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology about:

  • Your sex partner or partners
  • Your health, including chronic conditions
  • Any issues you might have remembering to take a daily pill
  • Possible side effects of various methods

If you’d like more guidance about your choices of contraceptives or wonder if your current method is the best one for you, call or schedule an online consultation today with the experienced gynecologists at Bayard Obstetrics & Gynecology. They’re happy to answer your questions in both English and Chinese.