The right birth control methods will prevent unwanted pregnancies. Even for folks who want kids, having planned rather than unplanned children can help families better prepare for the many challenges of parenthood. Someone may also want to wait until a certain age or point in their career before having children. The right birth control solutions put you in control. If you live near Ridgewood, NJ, and would like to discuss birth control options, contact Dr. Eric Bentolila or Dr. Jacqueline Saitta.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common birth control methods.
Hormonal Birth Control Options
Hormonal birth control treatments have become very popular for a variety of reasons. Besides being effective, most hormonal treatments are not invasive, although they can produce chronic side effects, including cramping.
Hormonal treatments often work by preventing ovulation and increasing cervical mucus, which may stop sperm cells from reaching eggs.
Hormonal birth control options include:
Birth control pills - Pills that contain synthetic versions of estrogen and/or progesterone.
Vaginal ring - A small, flexible ring that is inserted into the vagina and contains synthetic estrogen and/or progesterone. It is typically inserted once per month.
Birth control patch - This is a small, square patch that contains synthetic estrogen and/or progesterone. Typically applied to the skin once a week.
Birth control injection - An injection of synthetic progesterone given by a healthcare provider typically every 3 months.
Implant - A device, often planted in the arm, that will slowly release hormones. Can last up to three years.
Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) - A small, T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus by a healthcare provider and releases hormones over a period of several years.
Want to learn more about birth control and live near Ridgewood, NJ? Get in touch with Dr. Bentolila or Dr. Saitta.
While hormonal treatments are popular, they can cause cramping and other issues that may make them less-ideal for some patients. Fortunately, there are several other options.
Copper IUD: Similar to a hormonal intrauterine device, but instead of changing hormone levels, the contained copper causes an inflammatory reaction that is toxic to sperm and egg cells. It can last for several years and may even prevent pregnancy for up to a decade.
Barrier Birth Control: This includes traditional male and female condoms. Diaphragms and caps can also be used.
Surgery: An invasive but long-lasting and effective treatment, surgery can be used to prevent eggs or sperm from traveling.
It’s smart to explore all your options when it comes to birth control. By working with a medical practitioner, you may uncover the best approach given your body, lifestyle, and life goals. Call today to reach Dr. Bentolila or Dr. Saitta and to discuss birth control options in Ridgewood, NJ. You can reach us in Ridgewood, NJ, by calling (201) 447-1700 or in Bayonne, NJ, by calling (201) 447-0467.