Contraception and Family Planning

 

Family planning helps you to attain your desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies.

The Women’s Health Center at Jamaica Hospital received a certificate of Excellence from the New York City Department of Health for our efforts to assist you by providing a wide variety of family planning services.

Our doctors are here to help you make the best choices for you and your family.

​Family planning includes education and communication about the many different forms of contraception for women that are available, including:

Intrauterine Device (IUD)

A small t-shaped device that is placed in your uterus and is very effective. IUDs are categorized as LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive). These devices last for a number of years, are easy to use, and can be removed at any time.

Birth Control Implant

The implant (Nexplanon) is a small rod, about the size of a matchstick that is inserted into your upper arm just under the skin. Implants are categorized as LARCs (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive). These devices last for a number of years, easy to use, and can be removed at any time.

Birth Control Shot

A shot that keeps you from getting pregnant, Depo-Provera or “Depo” for short is effective for three months. It is considered a LARC (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive) and is easy to use. Just remember to come back every three months.

Birth Control Vaginal Ring

The ring (NuvaRing) is a small, bendable ring that you insert into the vagina. It can be left in for three weeks and taken out during the fourth week.

Birth Control Patch

The patch is a thin piece of plastic that looks like a bandage and sticks to the skin. Put on the patch once a week.

Birth Control Pill

Oral contraception in a form of a small pill that is taken daily. It should be taken at the same time every day to enhance effectiveness.

Condom

A popular method, the male condom is placed over the penis before sex to prevent sperm from reaching the vagina and helps protect from most STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Internal (Female) Condom

The female condom is inserted into the vagina before sex to prevent sperm from reaching the vagina and helps protect from most STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections).

Diaphragm

A diaphragm is a shallow, dome-shaped cup made of silicone that is inserted into the vagina before sex.

Cervical Cap

A silicone cup that is inserted in the vagina to cover the cervix and prevent sperm from reaching the uterus.

Sponge

The sponge is a round piece of plastic foam that is inserted into the vagina prior to sex.

Spermicide

Spermicides include a variety of creams, films, foams, gels and suppositories that are inserted deep in the vagina and contain chemicals to stop sperm from moving.

Sterilization (Tubal Ligation)

A surgical procedure that closes or blocks the fallopian tubes so you can’t get pregnant.

Fertility Awareness

By carefully tracking your menstrual cycle you can determine the days you can get pregnant. This is not the most effective form of birth control. Talk to your provider for more information on other methods.

Abstinence

By not having sex, you won’t get pregnant.

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception (EC) can stop a pregnancy before it starts. These pills are not the same as an abortion pill. There are multiple types that are effective five days (or 120 hours) after unprotected sex.

Together, our staff can work with you to determine the best method of family planning to suit your needs. Our award winning center provides same day contraceptive services.

To make an appointment, please call 718-291-3276.