Family Planning Specialists in NYC
These days, there are numerous options available for women wanting to control when they become pregnant.
Gynecologist Dr. Yelena Tsyba at Great City Medical of New York City is well-versed in the entire spectrum of contraceptive methods, as well as counseling patients who desire information about preserving their ability to have a family at a later date.
Different Types of Contraceptives
Which contraceptive method is best for you will depend on a number of factors, including your age, lifestyle, plus any health or medical issues you may have. Your contraceptive choices may include:
- Natural methods, which rely on fertility awareness (such as the rhythm method)
- Barrier contraceptives such as condoms and diaphragms
- Hormone methods including birth control pills or injections of the hormone progestin (Depo-Provera®), as well as longer-acting methods such as IUDs and implants in the upper arm (Nexplanon®)
- Emergency contraception, also referred to as the “morning-after pill”
- Permanent contraception such as tubal ligation
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) in New York City
Hormonal and Non-Hormonal IUDs
Among the most common contraceptive choices are IUDs. After being inserted into the uterus, these tiny, T-shaped devices can provide ongoing, effective protection against pregnancy for up to 5 years. This is due to the device’s slow, steady release of small amounts of a progestin hormone, which thickens cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus, to prevent the sperm from binding to the egg and the egg from implanting into the uterine lining.
While IUDs release hormones into the uterus, it’s at a much lower level than with the birth control pill, in which hormones circulate throughout your body in your bloodstream. For women who have had a bad experience with the pill, an IUD may provide an excellent contraceptive alternative.
Best of all, once properly placed, IUDs require no further pregnancy-prevention efforts to be effective.
At Great City Medical, we offer the following IUDs:
- Mirena® – Of all the FDA-approved IUDs, Mirena releases the highest amount of hormone per day and is estimated to be effective for 5 years. Mirena will make your period lighter and last fewer days; it could even stop your periods altogether. For this reason, Mirena is preferred by women with heavy menstrual bleeding or painful periods and seeking a convenient long-term contraceptive method.
- Kyleena® – Another FDA-approved IUD, Kyleena offers a lower dose of hormone than Mirena for women who prefer to keep their monthly periods. It is also effective for up to 5 years.
- Paragard® - This is the only FDA-approved IUD that works as well as hormonal birth control but is totally hormone-free. It uses one active ingredient - copper -- and is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.
Patients of Great City Medical may opt for anesthesia during their IUD insertion or removal, which is conveniently performed at our accredited in-office surgical suite.
Gynecologist in NYC
When it comes to family planning and birth control, make the educated choice and select the contraceptive method that’s best for you. Call Great City Medical at (212) 281-8600 for a consultation with NYC gynecologist Dr. Yelena Tsyba to discuss your situation and concerns, or you can use our convenient online appointment request form.