With birth control, it’s helpful to have the support and guidance of a highly knowledgeable women’s health specialist like OB/GYN Smita Biswas, MD. At two convenient office locations in Midtown East, New York City, and Flushing, Queens, New York, Dr. Biswas knows that 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 decide. You can receive customized counseling and effective options from pills to implants and injections. Book your personal consultation online or call your nearest office today.
Birth control is designed to prevent unwanted pregnancies and allows you to plan your family how you see fit.
In some cases, you might also need to use birth control to address other underlying health problems, such as heavy or irregular periods or to stabilize your reproductive hormone levels.
Dr. Biswas believes in shared decision-making and 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 and during the fourth week, you don't wear a patch so menstrual bleeding can occur.
A vaginal ring is a ring with hormones that you place in your vagina. There’s usually a four-week cycle where the ring remains in your vagina for three weeks and 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 vs. hormonal ones. IUDs can protect against pregnancy for 3-10 years depending on the type 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 type of birth control that’s right for you depends on a number of factors. Dr. Biswas can discuss the pros and cons of the types and help you make the most informed decision that’s best 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 your health risks.
To discover your available birth control options, call Smita Biswas, MD, or book through the online system.