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Birth Control Specialist

Matt Pabis, MD

Family Medicine Physician located in East Village, New York, NY

Birth control allows you to plan for your family the way you want. At his Manhattan-area office in New York City, Matt Pabis, MD, offers comprehensive services for women, including a variety of the most popular birth control options. Whether you’re interested in birth control pills or want to learn more about the benefits of an IUD, schedule a consultation online or over the phone today.

Birth Control Q & A

What birth control options are available?

Dr. Pabis offers a full selection of birth control options to meet your family planning needs. These options include:

  • Intrauterine devices, or IUDs
  • Diaphragms
  • Oral birth control pills
  • Birth control shots

To determine which birth control option is right for you, Dr. Pabis performs a physical exam and reviews your medical history. Depending on your health, age, and family planning choices, he can provide you with the safest and most effective options.

How does an IUD work?

An IUD is fitted to your uterus to keep sperm and eggs from reaching each other for fertilization. Dr. Pabis implants the device during an in-office visit.

There are two types of IUDs available. Copper IUDs create inflammation in the lining of your uterus, creating a toxic environment for sperm. They can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

Hormonal IUDs thin out the lining of your uterus, making it difficult for sperm to travel. The hormones in an IUD can also cause the mucus in your cervix to thicken, preventing ovulation and the release of eggs. Hormonal IUDs can prevent pregnancy for 3-5 years, depending on the type you choose.

An IUD is very effective at preventing pregnancy, but it won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. You still need to use condoms to prevent spreading or contracting diseases.

Are birth control pills safe?

In general, birth control pills are safe and effective for preventing pregnancy. They can also be useful in regulating heavy or irregular periods.

Some people can’t tolerate hormones, while others, especially smokers and women over age 35, should avoid hormonal birth controls. This is due to the increased risk of health complications hormones can cause, including blood clots and stroke.

What are the benefits of birth control injections?

The Depo-Provera® shot is an effective method of birth control that you get once every three months. The shot contains the hormone progestin, which prevents the release of your egg during ovulation.

One of the primary benefits of the shot is its convenience. You don’t have to remember to take a pill each day or interrupt intimacy for the sake of birth control.

To learn more about family planning, book an appointment online or over the phone with Matt Pabis, MD.