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Birth Control Specialist

South Shore Women's Care

Larissa Fomitcheva, MD, PhD, FACOG

Obstetrics and Gynecology located in Lindenhurst, NY

Birth control significantly reduces your chances of pregnancy from intercourse as long as you use your chosen method correctly. At South Shore Women's Care in West Islip and Lindenhurst, New York, Larissa Fomitcheva, MD, can teach you about every contraceptive method available, answer your questions, and prescribe the best option. To schedule a birth control appointment, call South Shore Women's Care or book online today.

Birth Control Q & A

What is birth control?

Birth control or contraception refers to medications, methods, and devices that prevent you from getting pregnant. There are lots of options available, so it’s important to choose one that you trust and that you know how to use correctly.

At South Shore Women's Care, Dr. Fomitcheva notes your medical history and might perform a pelvic exam. She then helps you weigh the pros and cons of many of the most popular and effective methods of contraception so you can make a choice. 

What are my birth control options?

It’s up to you and Dr. Fomitcheva to decide which birth control method is the right choice for you, and it might take you a few tries to find one that you like and feel confident using. 

Some of the most popular options for birth control are:

Oral contraceptives

Oral contraceptives are hormonal pills you take daily to prevent ovulation. You can stop taking them at any time. Sometimes, oral contraceptives help treat sexual and reproductive health conditions like endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Intrauterine devices

Intrauterine devices are devices that Dr. Fomitcheva places in your uterus. Some are hormonal; others use spermicidal materials like copper. They can last for 3-12 years. 

Arm implants

A small rod sits under the skin of your arm, gradually releasing hormones that prevent pregnancy. It is a low-maintenance option that lasts for up to five years. 

Barrier products

Barrier products like condoms or diaphragms physically block sperm from reaching the egg. Condoms are the only method that can prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). You can use them in combination with any other form of birth control.

Other options include shots, patches, vaginal rings, and spermicide gel. 

What should I consider when choosing a birth control type?

There are many details to consider when choosing a method of birth control. At South Shore Women's Care, Dr. Fomitcheva answers all of your questions and can help guide you to a birth control option that aligns with your lifestyle and future plans. 

While going over your options, you should consider:

  • Ease of use
  • The amount of maintenance
  • Possible side effects
  • Whether or not you plan on getting pregnant soon
  • The number of sexual partners you have
  • The percentage of effectiveness
  • Your overall health

While many options are highly effective, it’s important to remember that no birth control option has a 100% effectiveness rate except abstinence. If you have concerns about a new method of birth control, don’t hesitate to book another visit at South Shore Women's Care. 

To learn more about all available options for birth control and their effectiveness, schedule an appointment over the phone or online at South Shore Women's Care today.