FAQs about Birth Control
By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
May 01, 2019
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Find out what you need to know before choosing the right birth control method for you.

Whether this is the first time taking birth control or you’ve tried other methods in the past, there are several factors involved in determining IUDthe right birth control option for you. Our Ridgewood, NJ, OBGYNs Dr. Eric Bentolila and Dr. Jacqueline Saitta want every woman to understand their options so they can make the best decisions about their health. Here are some of the top questions about birth control.

How does birth control work?

Hormonal birth control methods prevent ovulation, making it impossible for the egg to attach to the uterus in order to fertilize. While there are many methods of birth control, the pill is still the most popular contraceptive method. The pill, as well as other hormonal methods, release estrogen and progestin to stop the egg from fertilizing. The pill also thickens the lining of the uterus to make it more difficult for the sperm to get to the egg.

What are the different types of birth control?

Birth control pills alone offer many different types. You may choose from combination pills that offer both estrogen and progestin or progestin-only pills. Women who are sensitive to estrogen may choose to take progestin-only pills (also known as mini-pills).

Other birth control methods include:

  • The vaginal ring
  • Dermal patch
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Subdermal implant
  • Condoms
  • Spermicides
  • Fertility awareness

What are some common side effects of hormonal birth control?

The most common side effects associated with hormonal contraception include:

  • Nausea
  • Spotting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Weight gain
  • Mood changes
  • Decreased libido
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Headaches

If any of these side effects are affecting your quality of life it’s important that you talk to your gynecologist right away, who may be able to recommend a better birth control option for your needs.

Which method of birth control is right for me?

Since there are a lot of factors to consider that can help you determine the best birth control method for you it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your Ridgewood, NJ, gynecologist to discuss the best options for your health and lifestyle.

For example, women who don’t want to get pregnant for several years may choose to get an IUD. Some women who may be less likely to remember to take a pill every day at the same time may opt for the implant, patch or vaginal ring.

Are you interested in sitting down with our OBGYNs in Ridgewood, NJ, to discuss the right form of birth control for you? If so, give our office a call. We would be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

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