Birth Control

OBGYN located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Birth Control

Birth Control services offered in Midtown East, New York, NY

When you’re trying to figure out the best birth control option for yourself, turn to a trusted provider for recommendations. Get the support you need at the practice of Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., in the Midtown East neighborhood of New York City, New York. Dr. Eden counsels you on the many birth control types available so you get the one that’s right for your lifestyle, family goals, and health. To explore birth control methods, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Birth Control Q&A

What types of birth control should I consider?

Birth control, or contraception, encompasses the methods, devices, and medications that prevent pregnancy. Women have many birth control options, including: 

Hormonal birth control


The pill is an oral medication that contains hormones that prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg every month. When no egg is released, there is no risk of fertilization and pregnancy. 


Hormonal birth control is also available as an injection, patch, or vaginal ring. With these forms, you must stay on a schedule to protect yourself from pregnancy. Pills are taken daily, while injections, patches, and rings need to be repeated or replaced every three weeks.


Nexplanon® is another type of hormonal birth control that prevents ovulation so sperm never reaches an egg. Dr. Eden places a Nexplanon implant in your arm during an in-office procedure. 


Hormonal forms of birth control also treat menstrual cramps, endometriosis, and irregular periods. 

Intrauterine device (IUD)


IUDs are birth control implants placed in your uterus. Hormonal IUDs prevent ovulation, while copper versions repel sperm. IUDs protect you from pregnancy for years but can be removed whenever you want to start a family.

Barrier methods


The diaphragm and condoms protect you from pregnancy by preventing the egg and sperm from meeting. A condom keeps sperm from entering a woman’s reproductive tract. A diaphragm is a dome-shaped device that fits over your cervix. 

Tubal ligation


Tubal ligation, or getting your “tubes tied,” is a permanent form of birth control. During this surgical procedure, Dr. Eden blocks your fallopian tubes to prevent sperm from being able to reach your eggs. 

Are natural methods of birth control effective?


Cycle tracking is a natural form of birth control. You learn the signs of ovulation and avoid intercourse on the days when sex is most likely to result in pregnancy. Although the natural method doesn’t require any medications, devices, or surgery, it’s not the most reliable for preventing pregnancy. 

How do I know the best birth control for me?


Dr. Eden offers birth control counseling to review all your options and help you decide what method makes the best choice for you. She’ll ask you questions about your:


  • Family goals
  • Health history
  • Personal preferences and beliefs
  • Sexual habits


Your answers help her guide her recommendations. For example, if you have trouble remembering to take a pill at the same time every day, birth control pills might be a poor choice. If you have multiple partners, she might recommend an effective method to prevent pregnancy, like an IUD and condoms (to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases). 


To get in touch with a birth control expert, reach out to the office of Elizabeth A. Eden, M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Call or schedule an appointment online today.

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