Contraception

Contraception

Every woman deserves the autonomy to decide when and if to embark on the journey of pregnancy, and contraception serves as a powerful tool in empowering women to make those crucial decisions. For residents in the Little Neck and Douglaston neighborhoods of Queens, New York City, as well as the Great Neck area of Nassau County, SheMD is here to provide expert guidance.

Under the care of board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Meryl E. Kahan, MD, at SheMD, women can confidently navigate their contraceptive choices. Take the first step by reaching out through a simple call or click to commence this important conversation today.

Contraception

Contraception Q & A

Contraception, also known as birth control, offers women the ability to manage the timing of their pregnancies. With numerous methods available, there is a suitable option for virtually every set of needs.

These methods fall into two primary categories: barrier and hormonal.

Barrier methods:

These contraceptive options create a physical barrier between sperm and egg, preventing pregnancy. Examples include:

  • Condoms, both internal and external
  • Diaphragm
  • Vaginal gel

Using spermicide with any of these methods enhances protection against unwanted pregnancy.

Hormonal methods:

These contraception options prevent pregnancy by altering a woman’s ovulation or by creating an environment that is inhospitable to fertilization. Examples include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Injections (Depo-Provera®)
  • Implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Patches
  • Vaginal rings

Dr. Kahan collaborates with you to identify the contraception option that aligns best with your unique needs and preferences.

For those seeking a low-maintenance birth control method that doesn’t involve daily upkeep, these options offer excellent protection without the need to remember to take a daily pill or replace a patch or sponge.

Depo-Provera, an injection that provides three months of protection with a single shot, is a hassle-free choice. While you need to visit for your injections, the process takes just moments.

Another long-lasting alternative is the birth control implant Nexplanon®. This method safeguards you for up to three years and involves a straightforward in-office insertion procedure.

An intrauterine device (IUD) is also ideal for women seeking a set-it-and-forget-it birth control solution. Dr. Kahan can place the IUD during a brief office visit, offering 3-12 years of protection. Both hormonal and non-hormonal options are available to cater to individual preferences.

While all the contraception methods mentioned earlier offer excellent protection when used as intended, it’s crucial to be aware that certain methods do not provide the same level of effectiveness.

The withdrawal method is a notable example. Relying on the male partner’s withdrawal before ejaculation is not a highly reliable means of preventing unwanted pregnancy.

Fertility awareness, commonly known as the rhythm method, entails tracking your menstrual cycle to identify your most fertile days and avoiding intercourse during those times. Depending solely on fertility awareness requires preparedness to address the potential of an unwanted pregnancy.

For any additional inquiries regarding contraception, feel free to reach out by calling or clicking today to schedule a visit at SheMD.

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