Birth control is an effective way to protect your health if you’re not ready to start or add to your family. At New Leaf Adult & Women’s Health NP, PLLC, Enjoli McQueen King, NP, offers birth control counseling to help you decide whether it is right for you. Call the office in Staten Island of New York City, New York, or book an appointment online today to learn more about birth control.
Birth control, also known as contraception, is any method that can prevent pregnancy from occuring.
Today, women have many birth control options available to them. The best option for you depends on your personal preferences, general health, lifestyle, and other factors.
At New Leaf Adult & Women’s Health NP, PLLC, Enjoli can provide the necessary education you’ll need to know about the different options so you can feel confident in your decision.
There are many different types of birth control pills. While some may only contain either estrogen or progestin, others might have progestin and estrogen combined. Depending on the type of pill you choose, it can either prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation or thicken your cervical mucus to stop sperm from entering your womb.
You’ll need to take the pill at the same time every day. If you miss a pill or have other medicines in your daily regimen that can interfere with the pill’s effectiveness, you might need additional forms of birth control.
Implants are about the size of a matchstick. These devices are placed under the skin near your inner bicep. A birth control implant gradually releases hormones that either prevent ovulation or thicken your cervical mucus. This type of birth control is effective for up to three years.
Getting an IUD is a popular form of birth control because it doesn’t require you to remember to use it. IUDs are small, T-shaped devices that slip into the uterus through the cervix. A long, plastic tail of strings extends into the vaginal canal.
The device remains in place for three to five, up to ten years before being replaced with a new IUD.
Barrier methods physically block sperm from reaching an egg.
These methods may include male condoms, diaphragms, female condoms, sponges, and spermicidal foam.
At New Leaf Adult & Women’s Health NP, PLLC, Enjoli helps you select a birth control method that best suits your health, lifestyle, comfort, and family planning needs. However, you might consider:
Call New Leaf Adult & Women’s Health NP, PLLC, or book an appointment online today to find out which birth control is right for you.