Birth Control & Family Planning Specialists

Choosing the right birth control option can have a big impact on your peace of mind. Dr. Kakossian and Dr. Khoury at K & K OB-GYN & Cosmetics offers comprehensive birth control and contraception options so women from Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York City can find just the right solution for their needs.

Birth Control & Family Planning Q & A

What types of birth control and contraception are available?

Today, there are more options than ever to help you take control of family planning. Choices include birth control pills, intrauterine devices (IUDs), contraceptive rings, and implanted devices that are placed under the skin of your arm. Different women prefer different options based on convenience and many other factors. Having an office evaluation and consultation is the best way to learn about the option that would be most suitable for your needs, your lifestyle, and your preferences.

What are the Different Types of IUD?

There are two forms of IUDs available in the US: copper which is made as ParaGard and hormonal which are available under the names Mirena, Liletta, or Skyla. The ParaGard IUD is wrapped in copper, which is a natural spermicide. Copper IUDs  are effective for up to 10 years. The hormonal IUDs steadily release a small amount of progesterone directly into the uterine cavity. They could last anywhere from three to five years.

Both the copper and hormonal IUDs work by affecting the movement of sperm so they cannot fertilize an egg. If the sperms do not join with an egg, pregnancy doesn’t occur. For some women, hormonal IUDs can stop an egg from exiting the ovary. Progestin also stops pregnancy from occurring by making cervical mucus very thick and difficult for sperm to pass through.

What is the IUD insertion process like?

IUD insertion is a quick in-office procedure that is performed in a way similar to a regular pelvic exam. You’ll lie on your back on the exam table and a speculum will be gently inserted into your vagina to widen the vaginal canal so the cervix – the opening of your uterus – can be reached. The IUD itself is a very small T-shaped device. It’s inserted through the cervix into the uterus where it will be positioned near the opening. A local anesthetic may be used, but most women find they have very little discomfort. The procedure takes just a few minutes to perform. Afterward, you may have some minor cramping which will quickly resolve.

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