Choosing the most effective birth control is a difficult decision for any woman to make. There is a number of different options available ranging from a daily pill to medical procedures that permanently prevent pregnancy. At Jersey GYN, we offer the best and most reliable range of birth control options. The physician’s in our practice consider a number of medical and personal factors to help you decide, such as age, overall health, frequency of sexual intercourse, and whether you desire to have children in the future.
Please read below for a brief description of each method of birth control offered at our facility.
The birth control pill is not appropriate for every woman and medical screening is required.
The pill comes in different dosages and prescriptions. Once you pass our medical screening, you are given the proper prescription. It is important to follow the prescription instructions precisely so that the pill is effective. While the pill is an effective measure in preventing pregnancy, it does not provide protection against the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
The diaphragm is about 90% effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy. A soft, rubber cap-shaped device works as a barrier to prevent a man’s sperm from entering a woman’s uterus. Spermicidal cream or jelly must be used In order to be fully effective. Once the cream has been applied, the diaphragm can be inserted in the vagina. It becomes effective the hour after the insertion and must remain in place for at least six hours after intercourse. If sex is to be had again within the six hours, more spermicide must be added to the already in place diaphragm. To remove the diaphragm, it needs to be gently pulled out of your vagina. Diaphragms must be properly fit and checked by a health care provider at least once a year.
The Intrauterine Device (IUD) is one of the most effective forms of birth control available. It is a small, “T-shaped” device that is inserted into the uterus to prevent pregnancy. The IUD is inserted into the uterus by a health care provider, where once in place; it can remain there for several years. IUDs are Less than 1 out of 100 women get pregnant thanks to the protection provided by this device.
For more information about IUDs or other forms of contraception, please call our offices or contact us today to schedule an appointment and discuss your birth control options with a certified gynecologist.
Emergency Birth Control
Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as the Morning-After pill, is intended for use after unprotected sexual intercourse or when you believe your primary method of birth control has failed and unwanted pregnancy may result. EC contains higher doses of the same hormones in comparison regular birth control pills (estrogen and progestin), and must be taken within 72 hours of sexual intercourse. It is usually taken in two doses, 12 hours apart to prevent ovulation, which ultimately prevents pregnancy.