Birth Control Specialist

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Antheia Gynecology

Gynecology & Menopause Specialist located in East Windsor, NJ

Antheia Gynecology is passionate about empowering women with the best birth control option for their needs. Serving women of all ages at the East Windsor, New Jersey, location, the female-led team of board-certified OB/GYNs offers expert birth control consultations. Whether you’re a patient looking for birth control to help with painful periods or irregularity, or for family planning, there are a number of choices. Use the online booking tool or call the nearest office to book an appointment today.

Birth Control Q&A

What is birth control?

Birth control stops a woman from getting pregnant. It can also be used to manage painful periods, cramping, or irregular cycles. Birth control comes in both hormonal and nonhormonal options.

Every woman is different, and the team at Antheia Gynecology works with you to decide which birth control method is best. 

What are my birth control options?

There are a number of birth control options, ranging from more temporary to permanent. Each method affects women differently. Your choices include:

  • Intrauterine device (IUD), hormonal or nonhormonal
  • Vaginal ring
  • Subcutaneous implant, which releases medicine over a period of time
  • Birth control shots or pills
  • Barrier methods like sponges, diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms
  • Permanent birth control or sterilization, like tubal ligation 

Some women use the rhythm method, meaning they do not have sex or only use barrier birth control on fertile days in their cycle. 

This method is only recommended if you are in a relationship and are open to having children since it is not highly effective at preventing pregnancy. 

During a consultation, your OB/GYN discusses which birth control option is the most effective for your lifestyle and needs. 

How does birth control work?

Every birth control option is about preventing pregnancy. Barrier methods like condoms or diaphragms can keep sperm from implanting into an egg. Condoms are also the only birth control method that can prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 

Hormonal birth control options stop you from releasing eggs. These methods include oral pills, patches, and implants that go on or under your skin, and shots. Hormonal birth control is highly effective if you follow your prescription properly. 

IUDs are nearly 99% effective, and hormonal types can last 3-5 years, while copper IUDs normally last up to 10 years. IUDs are small copper, or plastic, T-shaped devices that your doctor inserts into your uterus. 

Permanent birth control, or sterilization, is a surgical procedure offered at Antheia Gynecology and prevents sperm from ever reaching an egg. If your family is complete or you do not want to have children, discuss tubal ligation with your OB/GYN.

Is it safe to use birth control?

Before starting a birth control method, be sure to communicate with your OB/GYN about any current health conditions or medical history you have. Most birth control methods are considered safe today but may interact with various conditions. 

Risks of certain birth control options may include mood swings, depression, headaches, irregular bleeding or spotting, and weight gain. 

Some of the positives of birth control include:

  • A reduction in the number of periods you have
  • Less menstrual pain and cramping
  • Clearer skin
  • Regular periods

Certain birth control options may even decrease your risk of cancer. 

If you are looking to discuss birth control options, reach out to Antheia Gynecology via phone or by scheduling an appointment online today.