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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.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
May 22, 2018
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

Are you trying to decide which form of birth control is right for you? Our Ridgewood, NJ, OB/GYN, Dr. Eric Bentolila, discusses commonBirth Control Methods birth control methods and explains how they work.

Barrier methods

Barrier methods prevent contact between the sperm and egg. Common methods include condoms, cervical caps, diaphragms, and contraceptive sponges.

Hormonal birth control

Pills, shots, implants, rings, and patches that contain the hormones estrogen and/or progestin prevent the monthly release of eggs from your ovaries, thicken cervical mucus to make it harder for sperm to enter your uterus, and thin the uterine lining.

Intrauterine devices

Tiny T-shaped intrauterine devices (IUD) are inserted into your uterus, where they can remain for as long as 10 years, depending on the type. Hormonal IUDs release very small amounts of the hormone progestin every day to prevent pregnancy, while copper-based IUDs interfere with the swimming ability of sperm and make it difficult for them to actually fertilize an egg in the Fallopian tube.

Sterilization

If you're sure that your family is complete or you have no desire to have children, sterilization offers a permanent way to manage your fertility. During a tubal ligation, your Fallopian tubes are blocked or closed, preventing the release of eggs. The procedure only takes about 30 minutes and is usually performed during outpatient surgery, although it may also be performed after you give birth.

Things to think about when considering birth control options

Choosing a birth control method isn't always easy. Before you select a method, you'll want to think about effectiveness, cost, reversibility, and ease of use. You'll also want to consider any health issues that may prevent you from using certain birth control methods. For example, smoking, migraine headaches, previous strokes, heart disease, breast cancer, or uncontrolled high blood pressure, may make you a poor candidate for hormonal birth control. During your visit to our Ridgewood office, we'll provide information on birth control options that can help you manage your reproductive health.

Do you need a little help choosing the ideal birth control method for you? Call our Ridgewood, NJ, OB/GYN, Dr. Bentolila, at (201) 447-1700 to schedule an appointment.

By Eric Bentolila MD, PA
May 08, 2017
Category: OBGYN
Tags: Birth Control  

In today’s age, women have more options than ever before when it comes to birth control. There are countless contraceptive choices to birth controlchoose from, but it is important to understand your options and what each has to offer you. When you visit your Ridgewood, NJ OBGYN Dr. Eric Bentolila, he will explain each option and suggest the best options for you.

More about Birth Control

Each form of contraception can affect your health. That’s why visiting a professional Ridgewood, NJ OBGYN is important. Some of the most popular birth control options include:

  • Hormonal Contraceptives including patch, vaginal ring, injection and implant or birth control pills;
  • IUDS
  • Barrier devices such as diaphragm, cap, sponge or condoms

Of all of the options above, a condom is the only option that protects against sexually transmitted diseases the best. Barrier methods are designed in order to prevent sperm from entering the uterus. They are removable and are a great option for women who can’t use hormonal birth control.

Hormonal birth control uses hormones to stop ovulation or to regulate it and to prevent pregnancy. Depending on the type of hormones used in the option chosen, they can prevent ovulation, thin the lining of the uterus or thicken cervical mucus, which can help block sperm from reaching the egg altogether.

The type of birth control chosen will depend on one’s personal preference, their age, their current health and the patient’s insurance coverage. Schedule an appointment with your Ridgewood, NJ OBGYN Dr. Bentolila today to discuss contraceptive choices and to make a decision on what will be best for you. He can explain the risks involved and help you narrow down your choices.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Bentolila today, call 201-447-1700. Family planning is a responsible choice that you can make for your health.