If you’re sexually active but not quite ready to start a family, birth control is right for you. Compassionate OB/GYN Albert C. Chan, MD, provides a variety of birth control options at his practice in South Plainfield, New Jersey. To learn more about birth control and find the best method for your unique lifestyle, call or book an appointment online today.
Birth control, or contraception, is any method, medicine, or device that prevents pregnancy. These days, there’s an abundance of different forms of birth control available. Dr. Chan provides prescriptions for many types of birth control, including:
While you need to take birth control pills every day to prevent pregnancy, an IUD or implant works for 3-5 years without any action from you. This means that you don’t have to remember to take a pill or think about your birth control at all after Dr. Chan inserts your IUD or implant.
In addition to the convenience of not having to worry about birth control, Nexplanon and IUDs are more effective at preventing pregnancy than the pill is. These long-acting, reversible birth control methods prevent pregnancy 99% of the time, while the pill is 91% effective.
However, none of these methods protect you from STDs. To prevent STDs, you must use a latex condom correctly every time you have sex.
Dr. Chan offers the Nexplanon implant to women interested in long-acting birth control. Nexplanon is a tiny implant about the size of a matchstick. After Dr. Chan inserts the implant beneath the skin in your arm, it releases hormones that prevent pregnancy for up to three years.
An IUD is a tiny, T-shaped device that Dr. Chan inserts into your uterus. Depending on the type of IUD you get, it may release hormones or it may use copper to prevent pregnancy. IUDs are effective for 3-10 years.
With so many options, choosing the right type of birth control can seem overwhelming. Dr. Chan discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each one to help you make an informed decision. Factors to consider when choosing the right birth control include your lifestyle preferences, budget, and how soon you want to have children (if ever).
To schedule your birth control consultation, call the office of Albert C. Chan, MD, or book an appointment online today.