Family Planning Specialist

Manhattan Women's Health & Tribeca Women's Health

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Upper East Side & Tribeca, New York, NY

Family planning includes a range of topics, from contraception to infertility treatments. Birth control and fertility problems are very personal issues. You can trust the experienced team at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health for compassionate and respectful family planning services. With offices in Tribeca and the Upper East Side of New York City, the team offers a variety of birth control options and can help you prepare your body for pregnancy or help you to conceive when you’re ready to start or expand your family. To schedule a consultation, call the clinic nearest you, or book online today.

Family Planning Q & A

What is family planning?

Family planning is the process of choosing when and if you wish to have children. Family planning can help women who are thinking about starting or increasing their family with a partner as well as women who are making choices about when and if they wish to become pregnant on their own.

Contraception, or birth control, is an important part of family planning, but family planning also includes services such as fertility testing and infertility treatment, as well as educational resources about pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting.

What type of contraception is right for me?

Contraception is a personal topic, and only you can choose the best method for your individual needs and goals. Options include permanent contraception, such as tubal ligation or reversible birth control.

Reversible birth control methods include barrier contraception, hormonal contraception, and fertility tracking. Barrier methods and hormonal contraception are generally effective at preventing unwanted pregnancy when used correctly. 

Fertility tracking, sometimes called the “rhythm method,” involves monitoring your ovulation cycle, so you know when you’re fertile. You can then avoid intercourse during that time to prevent conception. Fertility tracking isn’t as effective at preventing pregnancy as many other types of birth control.

What is barrier contraception?

Barrier contraception physically stops sperm from reaching your egg during sex. Examples of barrier contraception include:

  • Condoms
  • Diaphragms
  • Sponges
  • Spermicidal foam
  • Cervical caps

The physicians at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health have extensive experience with IUD placement and removal. Some IUDs also release hormones for greater protection. 

The team recommends the LILETTA® IUD, which is more than 99% effective in preventing pregnancy for up to five years. Other available brands include Mirena®, Skyla®, Kyleena®, and Paragard (non-hormonal) IUDs. 

What is hormonal birth control?

Hormonal birth control involves medication that prevents your ovaries from releasing eggs. 

Examples of hormonal contraception include:

  • Oral contraception (birth control pills)
  • Skin patches 
  • Implants

The doctors at Manhattan Women’s Health and Tribeca Women’s Health provide insertion and removal of the Nexplanon® implant. Nexplanon is a small, hormone-releasing device implanted beneath the skin of your arm. Nexplanon is over 99% percent effective at preventing pregnancy for up to three years.

To learn more about family planning, schedule a consultation by calling Manhattan Women’s Health or Tribeca Women’s Health today, or making an appointment online.