As a leading women’s healthcare provider in the NYC metro, our providers understand that the right birth control should serve your individual health and preferences. They can answer all your questions about each method’s effectiveness at preventing pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Common Birth Control Methods
Birth control methods are most commonly used to prevent unwanted pregnancy. However, they have other uses as well. For example, barrier methods, like condoms, prevent bodily fluids from passing between individuals in order to prevent pregnancy and STIs.
Hormonal birth control options, like the pill, patch, and vaginal ring, don’t prevent STIs; however, they can be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms like irregular cycles, acne, and more. Common birth control methods include:
- Condoms and Diaphragms
- The Pill
- The Vaginal Ring
- The Patch
- Depo-Provera Injection
Long-Term Birth Control
Long-term birth control methods may benefit women who want a one-time method that prevents pregnancy for several years. These include the birth control implant and Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) and are some of the most effective methods available.
Birth Control Implant
The birth control implant is a flexible, plastic rod about the size of a matchstick. It’s inserted just under the skin of your upper arm and is approved for use for up to three years.
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs)
An IUD is a small, T-shaped plastic device that is inserted into and left inside the uterus. You can choose between a hormonal or non-hormonal option. The hormonal IUD is approved for three-to-eight years of use. The copper (non-hormonal) IUD is approved to use for up to 10 years.
Your provider will walk you through the entire process and ensure that you know what to expect. They can also insert your implant or IUD at one of our offices.
Permanent Birth Control
If you have decided that you do not want children or it would be unsafe for you to become pregnant, you may benefit froma permanent birth control method, such as tubal ligation. Talk to your provider to discuss this method and learn how it would fit into your lifestyle.
Many of our locations perform in-office procedures, so you can work with the same providers throughout the process.
Talk to Your Square Care Medical Group Provider About Your Birth Control Options
When you need to choose a birth control method, you want to make a decision that works best for you. Whether you have questions about starting birth control or want to make a change to your current birth control method, your dedicated Square Care Medical Group provider is here to help you.
Contact your provider to make an appointment at one of our Long Island and NYC-based locations today!