If you’re sexually active and you’d like to reduce your risk of unintended pregnancy, you have a variety of birth control methods to choose from. With so many options, it’s important to consider your age, medical history, overall health, and sexual activity when selecting the one that’s best for you. At her top-rated boutique practice in New Hyde Park, NY, a board-certified gynecologist Dr. Julia Raber can help you understand your contraception options and find the method that’s right for you. To find out more, call or book your appointment online today
The first step in making an informed choice about birth control is understanding the various types that are available. The four main categories of birth control are:
After answering any questions you may have about the advantages, drawbacks, and rate of effectiveness for each form of contraception, Dr. Raber can help you choose the method that best meets your personal needs by considering the following factors:
If you usually have heavy or irregular periods, for example, you may get the most benefit from a hormone-based contraceptive, which can help regulate your menstrual cycle.
If you and your partner aren’t planning to start a family anytime soon and neither of you wants to have to think about birth control every time you’re intimate, an IUD may be your best choice.
It’s important to feel comfortable with your chosen method of birth control because any form of contraception is only fully effective when it’s used properly.
When used correctly, IUDs and implants are approximately 99% effective, hormonal birth control shots are about 94% effective, and hormonal patches, vaginal rings, and birth control pills are about 91% effective.
Dr. Raber will explain how you can ensure that the method you choose is as effective as possible. To learn more about birth control, call her New Hyde Park office or book your appointment online today.