When it comes to birth control, there have never been more options for women to choose from. Whether you’re considering the pill, the patch, or an intrauterine device, Noreen Kamal-Mostafavi, MD, can help you navigate this important choice and find a birth control method that’s right for your needs. Serving patients in Staten Island, New York, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi offers specialized, patient-centric care for women of all ages.
Birth Control Q&A
How do I know which birth control method is right for me?
When it comes to choosing a birth control method, it’s normal to have questions or feel overwhelmed. There are many different options to choose from, and it’s not always easy to know which method is best for you.
Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi can help you understand the benefits and drawbacks of different types of birth control, as well as which option might best suit your lifestyle and your needs.
Each woman is different, but when choosing a birth control method it’s good to consider:
- Whether or not you want to have children in the future
- Your ability to tolerate the side effects of hormones
- How your lifestyle or sexual habits will work with your choice of birth control
Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi is happy to help you navigate any questions or concerns you have, and you can try different methods of birth control until you find one that’s right for you.
What are my birth control options?
After discussing your needs and lifestyle habits, Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi can help you choose from a number of birth control methods, including:
- Male and female condoms ― barrier methods that prevent sperm from fertilizing an egg; can be used with spermicide
- Oral contraception (the pill) ― a hormonal method that requires taking a daily pill
- Birth control patch ― a patch that delivers continuous levels of hormones to prevent pregnancy
- Diaphragm ― a small disc that is inserted into the vagina and can be used with spermicide
- IUD (intrauterine device) ― a device that’s implanted into the uterus and prevents egg fertilization by changing the way sperm cells move
- Vaginal ring ― a small ring that’s inserted into the vagina and delivers localized hormones to prevent pregnancy
What are the benefits of birth control?
The main benefit of birth control is to prevent unplanned pregnancy, but it can also offer a variety of benefits for you and your partner. Many women who take the pill, for example, experience lighter periods and clearer skin. For some women, hormonal birth control can also reduce symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Birth control gives you a sense of empowerment when it comes to your reproductive choices, and some types allow you to have more spontaneity when it comes to intimacy.
To schedule an appointment about birth control with Dr. Kamal-Mostafavi, call the office or book online today using the easy scheduler.