Contraception services offered in Douglaston, Little Neck, Great Neck, Queens, NYC, Little Neck, NY

All women deserve the chance to determine if and when to become pregnant, and contraception empowers women to make those choices. Patients of SheMD who reside in the Little Neck and Douglaston neighborhoods of Queens, New York City, New York, in addition to the Great Neck area of Nassau County, can rely on board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Meryl E. Kahan, MD, of SheMD for guidance. Call or click today to get started.

Contraception Q & A

What is contraception and what are my options?

Contraception, or birth control, helps women control if or when they become pregnant. There are several different methods to choose from, and a fit for virtually every set of needs. 

Birth control options can be grouped into two categories: barrier and hormonal. 

Barrier methods

These contraception options prevent pregnancy by creating a physical barrier between sperm and egg. Examples include:

  • Condoms, both internal and external
  • Diaphragm
  • Vaginal gel

Using spermicide with any of these methods adds additional protection against unwanted pregnancy.

Hormonal methods

These contraception options prevent pregnancy by altering a woman’s ovulation or by creating an environment that is inhospitable to fertilization. Examples include:

  • Birth control pills
  • Injections (Depo-Provera®)
  • Implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Patches
  • Vaginal rings

Dr. Kahan works with you to help you find the right contraception option for your needs. 

What forms of contraception require the least management?

If you’re looking for a birth control method that doesn’t require a lot of ongoing maintenance, these options provide excellent protection without having to remember to take a daily pill or replace a patch or sponge. 

Depo-Provera is an injection that delivers three months of protection with just one quick shot. You need to come in for your injections, but the visit takes just moments. 

Another lasting option is the birth control implant Nexplanon®. This method protects you for up to three years and requires nothing more than a simple in-office insertion procedure. 

An intrauterine device (IUD) is also a good fit for women who don’t want to have to think about daily birth control. Dr. Kahan places the IUD during a quick office visit, offering 3-12 years of protection. Both hormonal and non hormonal options are available.

Are there any forms of contraception I should avoid?

All of the contraception methods mentioned above provide excellent protection from unwanted pregnancy when used as intended. However, there are other methods that don’t deliver the same level of protection. 

The withdrawal method is a prime example. Planning to have the male partner withdraw before ejaculation is not an effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancy. 

Fertility awareness, or the rhythm method, involves tracking your menstrual cycle to determine your most fertile days, then avoiding sex during those times. If you choose to rely on fertility awareness, you should be prepared to address an unwanted pregnancy. 

If you have additional questions about contraception, call or click today to schedule a visit at SheMD.