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Birth Control

Dr. Peters at Bethany Medical Clinic offers women in and around New York, New York options and information on birth control and contraception choices. The physicians will discuss each option so each woman can select the method she's most comfortable with.

Frequently Asked Questions

At Bethany Medical Center, women are given many options to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. The more traditional method of hormonal birth control pills are available, which include an estrogen-only pill and a progesterone-only pill. Estrogen-only pills are more effective, but they’re not for everyone, including breastfeeding women and those on certain medications. They’re taken daily, so it’s not practical for those who are busy and aren’t able to take them on a schedule. The Depo-Provera shot is given once every 12 weeks. It must be given in the facility each time. Intrauterine devices are T-shaped devices consisting of flexible plastic that are inserted into the uterus to protect against pregnancy for up to 12 years, depending on the device. Some are copper IUDs that don’t release hormones, while others release the hormone progestin. The copper IUDs prevent sperm from meeting with the egg, while the hormonal IUDs prevent the egg from releasing. They’re more effective than other methods, and so is the Nuva-Ring, which is inserted into the vagina every three weeks and releases hormones to prevent pregnancy.

It all depends on the type of birth control. Hormonal birth control may cause everything from an absence of menstruation to heavier periods to weight gain. Some women experience bleeding in between menstrual cycles. The practitioner will discuss the side effects of each to help the woman make an informed decision.

Yes, Bethany Medical Center recognizes the use of birth control for reducing symptoms of PMS, regulating menstruation and lightening the flow of periods.

A healthcare provider at Bethany Medical Center will be able to discuss with the patient the different methods of birth control and how they work as well as their effectiveness. Additionally, the physician will discuss with the patient the side effects and the woman’s family plans in the future. The practitioner will also talk to the patient about her medical history because some birth control pills interact with medications or are dangerous for those with certain medical conditions.


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