With birth control, the support and guidance of a knowledgeable women’s health specialist like OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD, is invaluable. At two convenient office locations in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York, Dr. Biswas knows it can be difficult to determine which birth control option is right for you, and she discusses the pros and cons in detail to help you make the best decision for your health. You can receive customized counseling and effective options ranging from pills to implants to injections. Book a consultation online or call your nearest office today.
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Birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies and allows you to plan your family on your terms. In some cases, you might need birth control to address other underlying health problems, such as heavy or irregular periods or destabilized reproductive hormone levels.
Dr. Biswas believes in establishing collaborative relationships with patients and shared decision-making. Better yet, she offers many different forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy.
The birth control pill uses progestin and estrogen hormones. You need to take the pill at the same time every day for it to be the most effective.
The birth control patch contains the hormones estrogen and progestin. You wear the patch for a total of 21 days. You place the small patch on your skin once a week for three weeks. During the fourth week, you do not wear a patch so that menstrual bleeding can occur.
The (vaginal) Ring
A vaginal ring is a ring with hormones you place in your vagina. There’s usually a four-week cycle where the ring remains in your vagina for three weeks. Afterward, you take it out for one week to allow menstrual bleeding to occur.
Depo-Provera is the brand name for medroxyprogesterone acetate — a contraceptive injection that contains the hormone progestin. Depo-Provera is given as an injection every three months.
IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a small device that Dr. Biswas inserts into your uterus. IUDs are available in different types, such as copper and hormonal variations. IUDs can protect against pregnancy for 3-10 years, and they can be removed in the office at any time.
Tubal ligation is a permanent method of birth control where Dr. Biswas ties, cuts, or blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation stops the egg from traveling from your ovaries through your fallopian tubes. Tubal ligation blocks the sperm from reaching the egg.
The ideal birth control for you depends on several factors. Dr. Biswas can discuss the pros and cons of the types and help you make the most informed decision for your lifestyle.
If you’re a smoker or over age 35, you might not be able to use forms of hormonal birth control due to an increased risk for stroke and heart disease. Dr. Biswas can provide you with other options to prevent unwanted pregnancies without increasing health risks.
To discover your available birth control options, call Smita Biswas, MD, or book through the online system.