Birth Control Specialist

Bay OB-GYN, PC

Rubin Frenkel, MD

Gynecologist located in Upper East Side, New York, NY & Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY

Making a well-informed decision is essential when choosing a form of birth control or contraception. At Bay OB-GYN, PC, located in the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, gynecologist Rubin Frenkel, MD, gives you the information you need about each option and guides you through the decision-making process. For answers to your questions about birth control, call either the New York City office or schedule an appointment online today.

Birth Control Q&A

What is birth control?

Birth control refers to various medications, devices, and treatments that prevent you from getting pregnant. Some forms of birth control are permanent, while others are temporary and reversible if you decide you want to conceive. 

Dr. Frenkel helps you choose a form of birth control based on your personal preferences and general health. 

When you visit Bay OB-GYN, PC, Dr. Frenkel teaches you about each of your options for birth control, so you can make an informed and confident decision. You’ll also learn how to use your birth control so that it can work effectively. 

What are my birth control options?

Today, you have lots of different options for birth control with separate benefits. Not everyone will prefer the same kind, so it’s important to think about what will work best for your lifestyle. At Bay OB-GYN, PC, Dr. Frenkel can teach you all about:

Birth control pills

Birth control pills are hormonal capsules or tabs that you take daily by mouth. Some include estrogen and progestin, while others are progestin-only. The hormones in them stop you from ovulating.

Intrauterine devices (IUDs)

During an in-office placement procedure, Dr. Frenkel can safely secure an IUD in your uterus. Some IUD options release hormones, while others are spermicidal because of the copper in them. IUDs work for years at a time, and you can request to remove yours at any time. 

Early termination

Early termination is a procedure that ends pregnancy in its very early stages. It should not be your first line of pregnancy prevention, but it’s available in the Bay OB-GYN, PC, office if you need it. 

Other forms of birth control include diaphragms, tubal ligation, and condoms. Condoms are the only form of birth control that offers some protection from STDs.

What should I consider when choosing a form of birth control?

There are lots of factors for you to consider as you choose between the many birth control options. Dr. Frenkel can answer your questions and guide you through the decision-making process; ultimately, it’s up to you to decide. 

While deciding on your best form of birth control, you should consider its:

  • Reversibility
  • Maintenance
  • Ease of use
  • Effectiveness
  • Possible side effects

Some types of birth control have benefits aside from preventing pregnancy. For example, Dr. Frenkel might suggest using hormonal birth control pills or a hormonal IUD to help regulate your menstrual cycle. These treatments work well if you experience heavy or otherwise abnormal uterine bleeding from a hormone imbalance. 

If you’re thinking about starting birth control or switching to a new one, call Bay OB-GYN, PC, or schedule an appointment online today.